Aside from watching the grass grow and watching the paint dry, one of the most monotonous things in this world is washing dishes. Even with a dishwasher, washing dishes is a tedious task, as you have to deal with items that aren’t dishwasher safe. On the other hand, there are other people that find it meditative. If you are not one of those people or if you’re just having a difficult time washing your dishes, here are some tips to make the job of cleaning dishes a little easier.
Gloves in Hong Kong not only make you look super-cool, they also keep your hands’ natural oils from stripping away, which leads to the dreaded “dishpan hands”. They also guard your hands against hot water and protect you against rogue knives. Another advantage of using gloves is that they make it easier to hold on to slippery, wet dishes. If you don't like the rubber glove smell, just apply some baking soda inside to deodorize them.
Get a Dish Rack
It’s best to get a nice big dish rack to avoid overflow. This will serve as a place to let your dishes dry properly, without creating a mess on your countertop.
Wipe Food off your Dishes
This might sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much tougher it is to wash off food that has been sitting on a dish for many hours. When dirty dishes hang around for a while, moisture evaporates from the food, creating a solid bond with the surface it is sitting on.
Use Hot Water
The hotter the water, the better. Heat helps break away food from surfaces more easily and remove grease. It also helps dry your glasses and cutlery without forming spots or streaks.
Time to Soak
For really stubborn food remnants, use a few drops of dish liquid and fill with water to loosen those tough food bits overnight. In the morning, you should be able to easily wipe everything away.
Get a Good Sponge and Dish Washing Tools
You can find popular sponges at your local store—just make sure to choose a non-abrasive sponge. Also, use a dish wand, where you can put dish liquid directly inside the handle. Other great dishwashing tools in Hong Kong include a dish scrub brush, which is not susceptible to bacteria, unlike a sponge.
Don’t Let Dishes Pile Up
Do not let a dish pile grow bigger and bigger, as your interest level in washing them is going to get smaller and smaller. So, don’t let your sink turn into a mountain. Clean the dishes every night to prevent them from ever getting out of hand.
Wash in the Right Order!
Make sure to wash your dishes from the least greasy to the most greasy. For example, start with glassware and any drinking vessels, move on to cutlery, and then plates and bowls. Finish with dirty dishes and finally pots and pans. Also, bear in mind that you may have to drain and refill the water as needed, especially if you notice it getting really grimy.