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How To Wash Dishes Properly

Updated on April 4, 2017

Are lazy ball when it comes to washing dishes? Washing dishes properly is a bit more than just rinsing off your plates. First, you definitely want to rinse off your dishes after meals, which is conducive to washing your utensils by hand, or by machine. Seriously, do you want a bunch of dried remnants of meals past on your utensils and plates? When it comes to how you wash your dishes, then consider whether or not to purchase a dishwasher. Even if you do own a dishwasher, perhaps there are times when it is easier to wash dishes by hand rather than by filling up the machine. I know when I lived by myself it was more efficient to just to wash all my dishes manually, especially since I do not use that many.

When it comes to washing dishes by hand or by machine, make sure you have the right kind of dish soap! The wrong type of dish soap can make the cleaning process a mess, quite literally! For instance, if you put hand dish soap in a dish washer, it will overflow and cause a soapy flood. If you try to wash your dishes by hand with automatic dish washing detergent, you will have a very hard time rinsing the concentrated gel off your plates, cups, and utensils. So read all directions when it comes to your dish detergent, and make sure you are washing your dishes properly! This may seem like a straight forward concept to most people, but I did have a roommate who filled the dish washer with hand dish soap. I came home to a soapy flood to clean up, so I am just warning all people who have never washed dishes before. Learn how to do it the right way before you start!

Make sure to wash your dishes properly after each meal, or you will have a giant mess to deal with later.  The choice is yours!
Make sure to wash your dishes properly after each meal, or you will have a giant mess to deal with later. The choice is yours!

Washing Dishes By Hand

You can buy the economical type of hand dish soap, which will give you more money to spend on gourmet food. Personally I prefer to scout Wal-Mart for discounts on hand dish soap, but you can also find some good deals online with Amazon. If you live in an isolated region then buying dish soap online may be your best bet, especially if this kitchen product costs more at your local store.

When I go out to buy hand dish soap my favorite brand over the years has become the 64 oz size bottle of Ajax Ruby Red Grapefruit with bleach alternative. Over the years I just decided I happen to love the scent of this particular brand of hand dish soap. The last time I bought it at Wal-Mart it just under three dollars, but at Food4Less it was about thirty cents more. I prefer to do most of my shopping at Food4Less and will pick it up there if it is convenient, but I do like to make a special trip to Wal-Mart to buy this hand dish soap since it is a bit cheaper. You know I used to just buy the bargain brands of hand dish soap, and I still do when I am at the Dollar Store. However, I just have found over the years I prefer Ajax soap because it produces better suds, and is reasonably priced compared to other name brands that do an efficient job at cleaning my dishes.

If you wash dishes by hand then make sure to pick up a dish drainer, but there is an alternative if you hate the contraption taking up room on your junk. This is what I did when I grew tired of my dish drainer: I simply used a large bath towel and allowed the dishes to dry on top of it. Simply lay the towel on the counter and put your dishes on top. When you are done all you have to do is wash the towel, which makes washing dishes more efficient than using a dish drainer. I used to hate rinsing dust and over questionable matter off the dish drainer, which has a lot of hiding spots. Just imagine all the dish drainers in the world that are never cleaned, and people put their clean dishes in those things!

Washing Dishes With A Dishwasher

If I lived solo I would not use the dishwasher, but since I live with someone else, this appliance comes in handy! I honestly do not have a favorite type of automatic dishwasher detergent, but I do recommend checking out the Dollar Store for discounted bottles of this stuff! Just make sure you never put hand dish soap in your dishwasher as it will flood!

Another way you can save money when running your dishwasher is to avoid using the drying mode, but some people insist on it because allowing dishes to drip dry in the machine can cause streaks. Seriously, if you do not mind a few streaks, I say skip the automatic drying mode, but that is up to you. Remember to always rinse your dishes before placing these in the dishwasher, which will ensure your dishes come out clean without any residue. Happy dish washing, and feel free to send this hub to people who have never washed dishes before.


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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi 2Patricias!

      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Nice practical hub!

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      ekenzy 6 years ago

      I really need to learn that!

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Well if you are old enough to use a computer, I suggest you are old enough to help your mom do dishes once and awhile. Most women are not going to be excited about a guy who openly admits to making his mom clean up after him 24/7, that is a little too retro. I think you are just joking though, but if not, I suggest maybe you learn to help around the house more. Both men and women live in a house, and both should contribute to the upkeep.

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Why i wash dishes my self , my mom do that haha

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Yes, I believe a dishwasher is essential if you have a large family. Kids even enjoy helping to load and unload it! Thanks for commenting.


      Appreciate your comments as always!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      With health reason, I do believe I must clean my dish properly. Thanks for share this valuable information. I liked your tips. Well done, my friend. Vote up as usual. Take care!


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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      I love my dishwasher. We have 5 kids and using a dishwasher has cut down on colds. Nice hub. Well done

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA


      Glad you appreciated this hub.


      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      Very good advise here, and people should really pay more attention to this one. That is if they don't want to get sick. Thanks for sharing this, very useful too. A.B.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      I think washing dishes properly is important for health reason and you've given the way how to do it. Thank you SweetiePie.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dr Irum,

      Thanks for reading!


      I tried to add some interesting details, and I do believe people just learning how to do dishes might have confusion over which soap to use. I just thought it was a given people knew they had to put automatic dishwasher detergent in a machine, but my roommate put the wrong kind of soap in even after I explain to her not to do that. Thanks for reading!


      I think you should definitely still write a hub on this subject because we all have things we can add. Thanks for reading!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Ironically SweetiePie I seriously contemplated writing this hub, because I've just begun doing dishes again, as I'm an almost empty nester. I can't believe the things I've discovered about doing dishes that I had forgotten. Anyway, I won't do it now, because you did it justice.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Julia, You did a good job with sure made something out of nothing.

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Interesting hub .

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Sameerk!

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      sameerk 6 years ago from India

      nice one , loved ur hub