Mom Lines Her Sink With Towels For A Reason That I'd Never Even Considered.
Tahlea Jankoski 3/11/2016
Enjoying a delicious meal and quality time with your loved ones...priceless! It's the hour you spend doing dishes afterward you could do without. Right? These handy hints will speed up the clean-up!
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Divide and conquer
Filling your sink with dirty dishes just makes the thought of washing them THAT much more overwhelming! Rather than overloading the sink, either stack the dishes to the side, or pile them into a container on your countertop. This will clear the clutter and free up your sink for washing!
Rather than put all of that "elbow grease" into the scrubbing of those crusty pots and pans...let it lift! Leave that crud cemented cookware to soak overnight, and in the morning you'll be filled with delight! Learn how to clean a scorched pan with vinegar and baking soda here.
Boycott the bubbles
The more you coat those dishes in your sink with soap...the more washing required to get it off. Ugh! Rather than constantly adding more dish soap to your sponge, make a less concentrated soap mixture to dip your sponge into.
Everything has its place
Do your family members argue over who's turn it is to empty the dishwasher? Well, while we can't help you with that, we CAN make the emptying process a bit more bearable! Labeling your silverware bin will keep it organized, and make for a much simpler sort afterward.
Plan ahead, less dread
Often that "perfect recipe" contains ONLY about twenty different steps to prepare it...and THAT many bowls, pots, and pans too! However, by reviewing your recipe ahead of time and thinking through a bit, you may be able to minimize the number of dishes you grab as you cook!
Corral the cups
Are you tired of finding unclaimed glasses sitting around the house, waiting ever so patiently for YOU to collect? It's time to minimize the number of cups being used by creating counter cup coasters for your family. One glass per person per day...equals less dishes...equals happier you!
Cut down on water
We teach our children to turn off the faucet when brushing their teeth...so why don't we follow our own advice when washing dishes? Having the water run while we scrub is SUCH a waste! The next time you go to tackle that tower of dishes, save water by filling up one side of the sink with hot soapy water, and the other with water to rinse. You'll be saving Mother Earth, as well as a few dollars!
Let's get organized
Tired of fishing for those bottle caps, jar lids, and baby items out of the bottom of your dishwasher? It's inevitable...something always seems to slip through the cracks! Throwing those tiny items into a mesh laundry bag during the washing process will keep them safe and sound.
Scrap the scraps
As wonderful as the meal was...seeing leftover food in your dishwater as you scrub dishes, not quite so enjoyable! Remember to scrape those plates before dunking them and keep your dishwater a bit fresher!
The delicate cycle
Hearing the "cling" during your best friend's wedding toast is a beautiful thing. However, hearing the "cling" while you rinse your expensive crystal glasses in the sink is NOT the sound of music to your ears! To prevent clings and dings, simply line your sink with soft cloth prior to washing.
Although we often reach for the nearest item when scrubbing those after-dinner dishes, it's time we did things a little differently. Rather than grabbing what's closest...grab what's cleanest! The simple act of washing the cleanest pieces first and leaving the dirtiest for last keeps your dishwater fresh longer.
Gone are the days of having countless blender parts floating in your sudsy sink. Not to mention what a headache it is trying to piece that impossible puzzle back together! Running a simple cleaning mixture through your blender allows it to clean itself and allows you more time for other things!
More to life
Often life presents us with challenges that require time and effort to tackle. Washing the dishes shouldn't be one of them! Share these helpful dishwashing tips with your very best friends and get them out of the kitchen faster...so they can be on to life's greater things!