What Is the Proper Way to Wash Dishes?

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To properly wash dishes, you need to make sure you remove the grime and kill any lingering germs. Use a scrubbing brush and dish washing soap to remove the dirt, and disinfect the dishes with hot water.

Use a plastic tub to conserve water, or line your sink with a rubber mat to keep the dishes from breaking or chipping. Use a drying rack so you don't have to hand-dry the dishes one by one. Squirt a small amount of dish washing liquid into the tub or sink, and fill with hot water.

Begin by washing glassware first while the water is hot to prevent spots or streaks. Then, move on to plates, bowls and other china. Silverware should be next in line for washing, followed by pots and pans and other cooking utensils.

Soak any pans with dried-on food to make them easier to clean. You may need to use a scrubber to remove tough stains. Salt is a natural abrasive that can be rubbed into the pans to help remove dried-on foods or grease. Another option is to add baking soda to the water in the pan and place it on the stove to boil. Let it soak, and then scrape off the food that remains with a spatula or knife.

Rinse the dishes in cool water to ensure all soap is removed. Place in drying rack until dry.