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4 Dishwashing Hacks – Cut Your Cleaning Time

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Jessica
07.31.12

After chowing down on dinner, a meal’s worth of dishes can seem like a mountain.  Pruny hands, a stiff back and gross bits of food are just a few of the reasons that dish duty kind of sucks.

    

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Instead of ruining your glorious lasagna-induced food coma, try out these four dishwashing hacks so you can be back on the sofa watching True Blood in no time.

1. Use a Long-Handled Brush, Not a Sponge

Sponges are fine for cups and delicate glassware, but a brush with a handle offers much more leverage for things like plates, pots and pans. Plus, most brushes come with a scraper that can be used to destroy those extra-stubborn bits of food.

2. Build a Plate-Tower

When you stack your plates in the sink, place a fork or knife between each level. Add a generous amount of liquid dish soap to the top plate and turn on some warm water. It will trickle down and settle between the stacked plates, making your soaking time more efficient.

3. Turn Your Sink Into a Boiler

Fill your sink with the hottest water your faucet can manage. Add a generous amount of dish soap and drop your dishes inside (be careful of splashes). Let them soak until the water is cool enough to touch, which can take a while. When you remove the dishes, the cleaning will mostly have been done for you.

4. Become a Better Cook

Don’t burn stuff. If you do, you’ll have that black crusty residue to contend with during dish duty. One easy way to stop burning food is to purchase heavy, stainless steel pots and pans that will distribute heat evenly. They’ll cost more, but dish-duty will be easier. Tip: If you cook dinner for a significant other or friend, it’s not unreasonable to abstain from dish duty as long as you didn’t ruin the meal. 

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