Simple Dish Washing Tips to Save you Time and Money!
Let me set the scene….
You just did a load of dishes in your dishwasher so it is currently full of clean dishes. You just got done eating and cannot put your dish in the dishwasher because it is full, but you are not going to unload it right now for just one dish. So you instead put the dish in the sink. Repeat this a few more times and add family members doing the same, and now not only is your dishwasher full, your sink is full as well! When you finally empty the dishwasher and do another load, the cycle starts over.
It is like the pile of dishes is breeding! You feel like you are constantly doing dishes with no end in sight. A few nights a week, just the very sight of the full sink of dishes will launch you into “forget it!” mode and you will want to order out or go through the drive-through because you are just too tied and hungry to wash the dishes AND cook.
It does not have to be this way! In fact, there are some very simple tips that you can follow in order to never really wash your dishes again! Yep, NEVER REALLY WASH YOUR DISHES AGAIN. Plus, you will save money in the process because you will not being getting take-out all the time in order to avoid adding to the mess of never-ending dirty dishes!
Check it out:
Step 1) Get motivated. This first step is the toughest but it will allow you to never see a full sink again. Wash every single dirty dish in your house. Do load after load or even hand wash if you prefer until every dish is clean and put away. Yes, it sounds like a lot of work, but this will be the last time you really ever do your dishes again.
Step 2) Now that all of your dishes are clean, your dishwasher and sink are completely empty. It is a nice feeling right? Well let’s keep it that way! From now on, every time you dirty a dish, rinse it completely and put it directly into your dishwasher. Do not put anymore dishes in the sink!
Step 3) Once your dishwasher is completely full, put in the soap (we use finish tabs, they work great! GET SOME HERE) and run the wash cycle. The best time to do this is at night before you go to bed but if it fills up before that, no problem!
Step 4) Unload your dishwasher and put away all of the clean dishes every morning to start with an empty dishwasher for the day. Then just continue steps 2-4 and that’s it! TIP: If you notice that some of your dishes are still wet after taking them out of the dishwasher, you can either dry them with a towel or get a drying rack. We use a drying rack similar to THIS ONE and it saves a lot of time!
Follow these simple steps and the only “washing” you will be doing ever again is rinsing your dishes and putting away clean ones. Sounds a lot better than dealing with a sink full of icky dishes right?
Here are some more tips:
- When emptying your full sink of dishes and getting them washed. Start with one side of the sink first (that is if you have two sides of course) this will free up at least one side faster so that you have a work area for hand washing dishes, washing your hands, rinsing veggies, etc.
- Got caked on food? Soaking them works great but also takes quite a bit of waiting time and you want your sink to sparkle asap right? Well we use a high powered dish sprayer and it works wonders! You can get a simple one HERE for under $10 and it is super easy to install.
- When loading your dishwasher, try and load the most big things first like mixing bowls, baking sheets, pots, etc. This will free up more room in you sink a lot more quickly.
- While you are waiting for the dishes to wash so that you can put in another load (if you would rather not hand wash) you can rinse all of the remaining dishes in the sink to make sure there is no stuck on food and stack them. This will get your sink looking emptier faster and will make the next load of dishes a lot easier to load.
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