My first roommate in college taught me how to do dishes. Yes, taught me. Because there's a simple system that works well and makes doing dishes easy. When I say "doing dishes", I mean hand-washing the dishes, not just loading the dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher and you like using it, that's great! If not, please read on.
Step 1: Sort all dirty dishes in piles: stack all plates of the same size, stack all bowls, group all glassware, etc..
Step 2: Fill the bottom of the sink with warm to hot water, add dish soap. (I used to buy whatever dish soap was the cheapest but have become a fan of Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena Dish Soap. It works well and smells great. I totally recommend finding a dish soap that you enjoy using.)
Step 3: Place all cutlery, spatulas, whiskers etc. in the water.
Step 4: Wash one pile of dishes after the other. Always start with all the glassware, then mugs and cups, followed by bowls and plates, then wash the cutlery that has been soaking, and end with the greasier pots, pans and baking sheets. Place a few items in the sink at a time and let them soak while you keep cleaning. To clean, wipe each piece with a sponge, use a coarse brush as needed (I love the Redecker Pot Brush), and rinse off each item with hot water. Place each piece as you go on a drying rack and if possible let your dishes air dry.
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