How to Hand Wash Dishes

Cut down on the daily drudgery with some tricks.

You will need

  • A fork
  • A sink
  • Hot water
  • A dish tub or large pan
  • A dishcloth
  • A scrub brush
  • nylon mesh pad
  • or piece of steel wool
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • And a drying rack
  • Used dryer sheets
  • Rubber gloves
  • Vinegar

Step 1 Scrape off food Use a fork to scrape any remaining food off the dishes.

Step 2 Fill tub Place the dish tub or large pan in the sink, squirt some dishwashing liquid into it, and fill the tub with hot water.

Step 3 First wash Wash glasses and silverware first, when the water is cleanest.

Step 4 Use hottest water Rinse with the hottest water you can stand.

Step 5 Wash in order When the glassware and silver are done, continue washing in this order: plates and bowls, serving dishes, utensils, and pots and pans.

Step 6 Use brush, pad, or wool Use a brush, nylon mesh pad, or steel wool on tough-to-clean pots and pans, but heed the manufacturer warnings that came with them.

Step 7 Let air dry Let everything air dry—it’s the most hygienic method.