How To Wash The Dishes Correctly

Warning: You are probably washing your dishes incorrectly!

I have prepared the following step by step guide to help you to practice a more effective technique.

Important notice to all those who have a dish washer: Piss off.

For everyone else, the Step by Step guide:

  1. Rinse everything thoroughly – I’m talking clean enough to put in your cupboard as is!
  2. Fill the sink only a third up with very hot water and put all the cutlery and drinking glasses in first. You will find you need less detergent this way.
  3. Wash the glasses first and then all the cutlery. Now load some plates into the sink. Then put away all the glasses which will be dry by now, and then the cutlery.
  4. Next wash all the plates and bowls. At this point the temperature of the water can fall to critical levels. It may pay to top up with boiling water from a kettle. If the tray gets full, take a break, dab the items that have been there the longest – these will be practically dry. Don’t heap dishes right up because the water drips onto the dishes underneath!
  5. Soak the pots while you clear the dish rack. Wash the pots, clear the bench and by then the pots are dry.

The test of proper rinsing is to take a glass of your dish water and hold it up. It is clear enough for drinking you’ve rinsed well, congrats. If not, try harder next time.

Trouble Shooter:

“My tea towel is very wet”
Wait longer before drying the items, improve your timing, make sure the water is hot.

“There is still some crust on the washed dishes”
Be more thorough in the rinsing phase. And remember, tea towels are for dabing excess moisture, they are not scrub sponges for getting crust off plates.

“Your method took me 2 hours”
Cancel social events and other things you are involved in to make more time for proper dish washing technique.


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– P. Sherman

“Sheltron, you’re the man! Thanks for your help. My dishes are so clean! Just like you said, I can now drink the water after washing up! We save $50 a week!
– J. Herbert

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