How to make washing dishes easier and faster
I hate doing dishes. It's one of those annoying tasks that feels so unimportant; however it is necessary to do.
I'm not some type of dish guru, and in fact I'm really quite bad at most of these household tasks. That is why I think it's important to share the tips I've learned so people dealing with similar annoyances can help improve it. Then when they learn their own tips, they can in turn share them with me. Maybe at some point I won't mind doing dishes because of all the tips I've learned.
- Squeeze the water out of the sponge when you are done! Otherwise it will smell, and in turn make your hands smell, and it will be difficult to get rid of. You waste time washing your hands to get the smell of, and it's gross and wastes sponges.
- Lemon Juice. It's great for things that just refuse to be clean, like frying pans with burnt food.
- Don't leave food in/on anything. Just scrape it into the trash or the garbage disposal. Later on it will dry out, and stick. The true lazy person understands a little effort early on can save a lot of effort later. If nothing else, rinse things off before leaving them in the sink.
- Clean certain things immediately. Frequently, pots/pans that have been cooked in are easy to clean right after use, but incredibly difficult to clean later on. Plates/cups often can be left in the sink because they aren't completely caked in food, sauce, and other cooking remnants.
- Use incredibly hot water. As hot as you can possibly stand. It is noticeably easier to clean stuff with incredibly hot water. It may even be worth it to use gloves that help you stand hotter water.
- Chose the right dish soap, it really does make the process easier. In this case, cheaper may mean you have to use twice as much and still not be as effective.
- Chose the right sponge. I once made the mistake of buying sponges without the rough side; it was a horrible nightmare. At the bare minimum pick a sponge with a rough side. Multiple sponges for different things may be useful as well.
- Some things need to soak. Some food sticks terribly to dishes and needs to be soaked in water. Just leave hot water (and maybe a little soap) in the dish/pot/whatever and let it soak for a while. It will then be easy to clean off. (This often can be the result of neglecting one of the tips earlier, that is that certain foods need to be cleaned immediately) I personally find melted cheese to be much easier to clean after soaking, for an example.
- If you have to, go ahead and use your fingernails. Yea it's gross but sometimes you just have to do it. You'll know when.
- Don't burn your food! Pay attention to it and always stir frequently! Burnt food is the most troublesome to clean.
- Be aware of cookware material. Certain materials burn easier than others. I had this awful aluminum pan once that would burn anything and I frequently had to cook at half the heat that was recommended for dishes.
That covers most of what I understand about making dish-doing a little more efficient. As I'm sure you've noticed a lot of it starts before you even do the dishes; but rather on the cooking end. Nonetheless it is still quite annoying to do dishes but it's less annoying if you can do them in a quick and painless manner.
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