Wipe Food off your Dishes ASAP
You’d be surprised how much tougher it is to wash food that has been sitting on a dish for 12 hours. If you wipe it sooner it makes everything easier When dirty dishes hang around for a while, moisture evaporates from the food and creates a solid bond to the surface it is sitting on…you get the picture.
Use the Hottest Water you Can Bare
The hotter the water, the better. It makes the food break away from surfaces easier, it helps break down grease, and it aides your glasses and cutlery to dry without spots or streaks.
Time to Soak
For really stubborn food deposits, time is on your side. If you have a really dirty pot, pan or dish, you can use a few drops of dish liquid and water, and let those tough, baked-on food bits loosen overnight. In the morning, you should be able to easily wipe everything away. You can also sprinkle in some baking soda when cleaning the next morning for a little extra mild abrasion!
Invest in a Good Sponge and Other Dish Washing Tools
You can find name brand sponges at your local store (kirana)or big box stores, just make sure it’s not one with metal material, The one I have in my kitchen are the one from the scotch-brite. This puts the ‘fun’ in functional! Other great tools that you can use include dish wash brush!
Don’t Let Dishes Pile Up!
Unlike fine wine or an artisan cheese dirty dishes, tend not to age very well. What’s worse is that the dish pile is only going to grow bigger and bigger – and your interest level in washing them is going to get smaller and smaller. So, don’t let your sink turn into Mount Dishmore (this place exists, in each of our minds). Tackle the dishes every night, that way they’ll never get out of hand and become overbearing. And remember, the cleanliness of your sink can make or break the cleanliness of your entire kitchen.