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Hand Dishwashing: Quick Tips for Success!

hand dish washingThere are two common ways to hand wash dishes: by "diluting" dish detergent in a sink or dishpan filled with water, or by squirting detergent directly onto a sponge or the dirty dish (called the "neat" method). Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow product directions to determine the right amount of detergent – especially with concentrated varieties, which may require less product than you think. So, read the label!

Then, follow these general steps can make the task of hand dishwashing easier and more effective:

Soak Dishes with Greasy Soils or Stuck-On Foods. Add hand dishwashing liquid and hot water to the sink (or directly in the dish/pot) and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before washing. (Check your cookware’s instructions to see if it can be safely submerged in water.) Remember to never pour grease down the drain.

Wash with clean, hot water and detergent. To make sure film and soils are removed, change the dishwashing solution if it becomes greasy, too cool, or if the suds disappear. Wash lightly soiled items first, and use special care with sharp knives as well as glassware and other delicate items.

Rinse by Dipping or Spraying. You can dip washed dishes in a "rinsing" sink or pan, or rinse/spray under running water. (Be sure to rinse inside cups, bowls and glasses). Or, rinse dishes directly in the drying rack!

Dry by air or clean towel. Wiping with a clean, lint-free towel can "buff" silverware, and paper towels offer a handy option for drying pots and pans, especially any that could leave traces of grease on a cloth towel.

For more information on dishwashing procedures, ingredient info, and energy saving tips, download the Dish Care PDF:

FS Dish Care