We have talked about a lot of aspects of cleaning, but today we are going to look a little closer at doing the dishes. This subject is near and dear to me since the plumbing under our kitchen sink blew up and we just spent a week schlepping dishes down to the basement so we could wash them in the utility sink. The Roto Rooter man looked alarmed when I said I could hug him for fixing it. Isn’t everyone kind of attached to running water?
Dishes. Is there any chore that you dread more?
Dishes are about my least favorite thing to do, but I like to eat, so they are a necessary evil. I am going to share a few tips for taming this dreaded chore.
Just do them. I know, doing dishes sucks, but the longer you let them sit, the worse the job gets. At the very least, run bowls full of hot water or run a sink of super hot water with soap and start things soaking. Usually you can come back a few minutes later and give the dishes a quick wipe and call it good.
Use tools that make it fun. Sure, you can get cheap dish soap for 99¢, but I love the Mrs/ Meyer’s geranium dish soap, so I splurge on it. The scent makes me look forward to using it, even if that means I have to do dishes. Get a cute pair of gloves, or some lovely handmade dishcloths. Whatever makes the task a little less ordinary.
Use your dishwasher. For most loads of dishes, the dishwasher is more efficient, so use it! If you have hard water and end up with white scum on your dishes, I cannot recommend this Finish Hard Water Booster. A few months ago our dishes suddenly started coming out white and spotted. I thought we were going to need a new dish washer! But a couple tablespoons of this stuff in the bottom of the dishwasher and they come out beyond sparkly and clean.
How many dishes are in your sink right now?
This is day 24 in my series 31 Days To A Clean House