Doing Dishes - my hand wash and dishwasher technique
Who likes doing dishes? Not me especially, but nevertheless I get quite a bit of satisfaction when my dishes are done well. And, that means, I can't rely on a dishwasher to get the job done. I've never owned a dishwasher that lives up to its name. Have you?
Anyway, what I'd like to do is share with you my technique for getting dishes clean. It involves washing by hand and then using the dishwasher to do the rinsing. It may sound a bit complicated, but it's really very easy, and makes more sense than what many people do - wash the dishes and then let the dishwasher wash them again.
Here are the benefits of using my approach:
- Your dishes get really clean.
- Less water is required to clean the dishes.
- The most efficient rinsing method is used, thereby using less water.
- You don't need dishwasher detergent.
All this adds up to less money spent doing dishes, and perfectly clean dishes. And, for those of you concerned about sanitizing your dishes, the hot water in the dishwasher takes care of that.
Here are the steps I use to get my dishes perfectly clean.
- Wet down the dishes.
- Use a sponge with a bit of dishwashing liquid to clean each dish.
- Place the first few washed dishes in the dishwasher and turn on the regular wash cycle. Let it start "washing" for a few seconds just to rinse off the dishes you placed in there, and then stop it.
- Continue with this pattern of washing a few dishes at a time and placing them in the dishwasher for a preliminary rinse. Repeat this process just to make certain soap doesn't dry on the dishes you've loaded.
- After all of your dishes are washed and loaded into the dishwasher, let it run for the end of the first cycle and then another wash or rinse cycle, and they'll be fully rinsed using the least amount of water possible.
That's my approach to doing dishes. It works great for me. I'm happy that my hand washing cleans the dishes most effectively and the dishwasher rinses them using the least amount of hot water. Also, this technique doesn't require running water in the sink while the dishes are done - you simply keep your dishes wet and keep your sponge wet enough to facilitate distribution of soap as you clean each dish.
Just be careful not to use too much soap because dishwashing soap causes foam in the dishwasher and that inhibits rinsing action.
I know a clever guy who wrote something very similar to this on his blog. Take a look at his approach - it may look familiar.
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