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Love a clean kitchen, hate to do dishes.

Updated on September 12, 2013

Having a clean kitchen is important, how to make a BIG project easier, and faster, with less effort.

A note about speed cleaning and the kitchen. Try to put seasonal items somewhere else. Holiday plates and servers are some examples. Also have only enough place settings for your everyday use in the cupboard. This helps to keep the work to a more manageable level. If you are like my busy home with 7 people, 4 of them teenagers, then you can understand how the less that you have out for use in the kitchen, the easier it is to keep up with. If aunt Mable and Uncle Cierio come to sunday dinner, go to the storage area for the dishes you need. Then take them back to storage.

If I can make space in my kitchen for one of these, I'll have one. Untill then HAND WASH!
If I can make space in my kitchen for one of these, I'll have one. Untill then HAND WASH!

I love the cool gadgets and the neat appliances.

Keep out the stuff you will use. Also use the stuff you have out. Put a piece of clear tape on an item you've had out a while, and date it, if in two weeks you haven't used it, put it away or put it where it can be used, with a friend, relatives, or charity. For the important items that get occaisional use, try storing away from the main kitchen area, if you can.

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Just start in and wash.

Put a small amount of dishsoap in a container that can sit next to your kitchen faucet easily. Get a scrubber, or a sponge scrubber combo, and put it in the container. Top it up with hot water. Now begin to wash, don't stack, or scrape anything. Save the greasy or stubborn for last. If you have two sinks, as I do, wash those items in the sink you want to rinse in. In his way you can get a sink cleared out making the project go much easier.

Dip the scrubber in the soapy water and wash the item, wash several items, then put the scrubber back in the soapy water and rinse your dishes you have washed with the hottest water you have.

This is really the system in a nutshell. If you come up to a dried on food surface, allow the rinse water to fill it up while you rinse the dishes.

Scrape the easy dishes as you go, with the tougher to clean items set aside for a while with hot soapy water soaking in them.

A little dish soap in a small container nest to the faucet, really speeds up the dishwashing.
A little dish soap in a small container nest to the faucet, really speeds up the dishwashing.
Get a well made rubber scraper, scrape as you go to save time on stacking the dishes first.
Get a well made rubber scraper, scrape as you go to save time on stacking the dishes first.
When you get cards like this in the junk mail, they make good non-scratching scrapers for dishes and counters.
When you get cards like this in the junk mail, they make good non-scratching scrapers for dishes and counters.

When you pause the first time to dry or stack dishes to air dry.

Take the grubby crusties and fill them with hot water. Scrape the greasies and fill them with hot soapy water.

Continue to wash until done.

A credit card, plasic scraper, or fiber scrubber can help to remove the remaining food on the dishes that have been soaking.

Household members can practice coutesy and team spirit by helping in small ways.

Washing a dish as you use it will help. Put the cereal bowel in the sink, grab the sponge with soapy water then wash, rinse and drain. Each person can show thier appreciation for the main dishwasher by this small effort. Please note efforts in this area are hugely appreciated.

Consider these steps.

  1. Set up soapy water container next to sink. Wet scrubber in soap solution, wash several of the easier to wash items. Rinse these and put them up to air dry, or dry with hand towel.
  2. As you come to dried on food, fill with hot water and set aside to loosen food.
  3. Save the greasy items for last, as you get to them, do a quick scrape, fill with VERY hot soapy water to soak.
  4. Everything within a comfortable distance will really speed the process up, a place to scrape the food as you go can be close by.

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