3 ways to do the dishes

3 ways to do the dishes
3 ways to do the dishes

Dirty dishes can pile up in the sink quickly, but they're actually pretty easy to clean up. Most dishes can be hand washed in the sink or in the dishwasher, except cast iron dishes. With a little time and effort, you'll end up with a shiny clean stack of dishes!


Method 1 of 3: Clean the dishes by hand

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Step 1. Dispose of leftover food in the trash

Use cutlery to empty leftovers from dishes into the trash. If you have a grinder in your sink, you can also throw leftover food in after you turn it on.


do not pour grease down the sink, as it may solidify and clog your pipes.

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Step 2. Fill the sink halfway with water and washing up liquid

Use the hottest water you can handle. As you fill the sink, pour a tablespoon of dish soap into the water to create a lather. Once the sink is half full, turn off the water tap.

Make sure the sink is clean before you start

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Step 3. Wash lightly soiled dishes, then heavily soiled dishes

Start by cleaning the cutlery and glasses. Once you've finished cleaning lightly soiled dishes, you can move on to the plates and bowls. Finally, soak and clean pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils, as they make the water dirtier.

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Step 4. Clean the dishes under running water with a sponge

Run dishes under water as you scrub them to loosen any leftover food. Wipe it off with a sponge or dishcloth, making circles. After you scrub the dishes, take them out of the water and observe them for any leftover food that may still be stuck on them.

  • If the water gets so dirty that you can't see the bottom of the sink, drain and refill it.
  • Wipe the knives from the handle so that you do not have to hold them by the blade. Never leave sharp knives in the sink, as they may be difficult to see when the water becomes cloudy.


if there are any burnt leftovers on the dishes, let them soak in the sink for 10 to 15 minutes before cleaning.

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Step 5. Rinse off the dish soap with hot water

After you've cleaned a dish, rinse it under the hottest water possible until no foam remains. Be sure to rinse the inside of the bowls and glasses several times so that no soap remains in them.

  • Avoid cold water, as it may leave marks on your dishes.
  • If you have two tubs, rinse it in the empty tub so that the water level does not rise. If you don't have two bins, you may need to empty the sink before you can rinse your dishes.
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Step 6. Let the dishes dry

Place the dishes on a dish rack on the counter or on one side of the sink. If you don't have a dish rack, you can put the dishes upside down on a clean cloth to dry them. Let dry for 30 to 60 minutes.

It's best to let it air dry instead of wiping it with a dirty cloth to avoid spreading germs

Method 2 of 3: Load the dishwasher

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Step 1. Throw out food scraps

Scrape leftovers from plates and dishes to throw them in the trash. Try to remove as much as possible so as not to clog your dishwasher. After emptying the dishes, rinse them in the sink to remove any bits of food that may still be stuck to them.

If you run the dishwasher right after eating, there is no need to rinse the dishes

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Step 2. Place sensitive cups, bowls and plastics on top

Place the cups between the racks on the upper rack of the dishwasher. Try tilting them a bit so that water doesn't collect on the top of the dishes after the wash cycle is finished.

Make sure the dishes you put in will withstand the dishwasher or they might melt or break when you turn it on

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Step 3. Put the plates and kitchen utensils on the bottom

Keep large dishes on the sides or back of the basket so that they do not block the compartment with the cleaning agent. Set up your plates by turning them towards the water sprayer. When setting up pots and pans, you need to make sure you turn them upside down so that water does not collect in them.

  • Most dishwashers have angled racks on the bottom rack so that the plates are facing the right direction.
  • Never stack your dishes on top of each other in the dishwasher or they will not be washed properly.

List of things not to put in the dishwasher:




cast iron;


fine porcelain.

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Step 4. Place the cutlery in the bottom compartment

Make sure the handles are facing down so that the dirty part of the cutlery is cleaned. Leave space between each utensil so that water can wash all surfaces.

  • Also be careful that utensils with long handles do not hit the water sprayer during the cycle. If possible, lay them flat on the basket instead.
  • Separate silver and stainless steel cutlery, as the silver could get covered with marks when hitting the stainless steel.
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Step 5. Fill the indicated compartment with cleaning agent

Check your appliance's instructions to find out how much to put in, but in general, a tablespoon of the cleaner should be enough. Alternatively, you can also use powder or tablet form for dishwashers. Once you've added the cleaner to the correct compartment, you can close the small door to hold it in place.

Avoid using dish soap, as it will leave marks on your dishes

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Step 6. Start the dishwasher

Close the appliance door, choose the cycle you want and press the Start button. Let it run until the end of the cycle.

  • If you want to clean your regular dishes, the normal dishwasher cycle will suffice.
  • Use a delicate cycle for lightly soiled dishes or if you put fragile glasses in the appliance.
  • Choose a stronger cycle for cleaning pots and dishes.

Method 3 of 3: wash a cast iron skillet

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Step 1. Pour hot water in immediately after use

As soon as you take the food out of the cast iron pan, you should fill it halfway with hot water. Leave it on the stove instead of putting it in the sink.

Pour hot water in with a cup to avoid having to carry it to the sink

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Step 2. Scrub off food scraps with a sponge or brush

Hold the pan with a pot holder or rag in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand to rub off leftover food immediately after you finish cooking. Once the pan is clean, drain the water from the sink.

  • Do not use dish soap or steel wool to avoid damaging your pan.
  • If the water is too hot, use a long-handled brush or hold the sponge with pliers.
  • Do not soak the pan to avoid rusting it.
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Step 3. Dry it well with a towel

Use a clean kitchen towel to avoid contaminating the utensil with germs. Make sure you dry it completely so that no water drops remain that could cause it to rust.

Alternatively, you can leave it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes to dry it

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Step 4. Rub vegetable oil with a paper towel

Oil the pan to keep it in excellent condition. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil into the pan and rub the cooking surface with paper towels to smear it. Make circles with the paper to soak up the oil. Let dry for 20 to 30 minutes before putting the utensil away.


if you don't have vegetable oil, you can replace it with an equivalent amount of melted fat.


  • It will be more enjoyable for you to wash the dishes while listening to your favorite music or an audiobook.
  • Wash the dishes as soon as possible to avoid letting them pile up.

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