Washing dishes can be a time consuming chore for many people, especially those you don't have the automatic dish washer. For many people such as those who are just getting out on their own, men and woman who don't ever cook or clean, and for those children who are having to learn how to wash dishes, it can be a traumatic experience, but not anymore. I have taken the time to break down the steps to show you how to successfully wash dishes without anyone standing over your shoulder telling you how to do it. Once you have finished the dishes, you will feel the satisfying feeling of completing a chore and having the cleanliness of your kitchen to show for it.
Cleaning the work area
Before beginning to wash dishes, you must make sure that your sinks are clean and not harboring germs or bacteria. To do this use hot water, a clean rag, and dish washing soap. Pour soap into sink and use the hot water and rag to wipe the sink clean.
Run soapy water
Now you can begin running you water for your dishes. I prefer to use hot water only, but if you are not careful you can scald yourself. Using really warm water is also good. Run your water, pour in dish soap, and fill to the height that you prefer.
Place in your dirty dishes
It is best to start with cups and glasses (to keep the grease from other dirty dishes getting on them). Next you will want to wash the plates, bowls, and silver wear. Leave the pots and pans to the end.
Running fresh rinsing water
When you begin to rinse the soap off of your clean dishes, you can do it either one of two ways; by simply rinsing the dishes under clean fresh water or by filling the empty sink up with only water and dipping them in until the soap is gone. I prefer to rinse under running water.
Rinsing the dishes
It is very important to rinse the dishes thoroughly as it is to wash them clean. Leaving soap residue on a clean dish can leave a film that could make you sick.
Finishing the dishes
Lastly you want to place all of your well rinsed and clean dishes into a drainer. This provides a place for them to sit until you can dry them off with a towel and place back into your cabinets.