Post # 1
This is a for fun, silly observational post.
I grew up being taught to wash dishes by letting the water run over your hands, as you soap an individual dish, rince it, and then put it on the drying rack. And once I got older and realized it wasn’t the most enviornmentally friendly option, I started turning the water off and on and I went.
About a year ago I moved to the UK and when living with my B&SIL, they filled up their sink with soapy water, scrubbed in the sink and then left the soapy dishes on the drying rack. This kinda silently freaked me out as I grew up under the impression that soap was meant to be rinsed off, and the whole time I lived with them I was convinced that when I would get a glass of water, it would taste soapy. DH does not approve of the way I grew up washing dishes, so I started the fill up the sink with hot water and rinse method. I still very much hate washing dishes with a sink full of dirty water – even if everything is scraped clean. There are always sauces or oils or something that make it feel like backwards progress of simple dish washing. Then when it comes to rinsing the dishes in that little side sink, it is extremely awkward if its anything larger than a bowl and my hands get reeaallly cold as we’re trying not to use hot water at that point…. haha, I just can’t get used to it, it feels like an age-old art that has yet to be perfected (except one might argue, with the washing machine).
Dishwashing comments, anyone?
Post # 3
I run the water while I soap and scrub each dish then rinse and put it aside to dry. The filling the sink with water method skeeves me out!
Post # 4
hot soapy water then rinse with hot 🙂 in my head they aren’t completely clean if i don’t rinse with hot water
Fiance does the one dish at a time and drives me insane so I take over (he may do this on purpose) LOL
Post # 5
Yeah I think soap if left on dishes can give you digestive… issues
Post # 6
I can’t wash dishes as I like because we don’t have a double sink. I rinse/scrap all the dishes first, then fill the sink with soapy water, put in a few things at a time and turn the tap on and off to rinse dishes individually and sometimes have to drain some of the soapy water before I’m done. I would prefer to wash a few things, stick them on the other side and rinse a few things at a time (with running water though, not sitting water). I feel that things get cleaner by immersing them in soapy water, it can get into the areas you might miss with a dishcloth. I do leave the dirtiest things to last.
Post # 7
I wash the dish with the sponge, turn the water on to rinse it, then turn the water off and put the dish in the drying rack.
I would never not rinse them though like your brother & SIL! Sometimes more than just soap is left on with the suds…like oils or little chunks of food. That seems unsanitary to me. Plus you’re not supposed to eat soap residue…
Post # 8
I don’t remember. It has been so long since I washed anything by hand, but I can say there is no way to use the fill the sink method, our sinks are so tiny that you can fit only a bowl or two in them. I do everything in hot water though, even when I rinse things to load the dishwasher. Cold water and dishes just grosses me out.
Post # 9
Rinsing is essential, no matter how you wash the dishes.
I had a roommate who would pour soap onto the dish, rub the dish with her fingers, give a little rinse, and then air dry it. Things she washed CONSTANTLY tasted like soap, and our plates were constantly slippery and filmy.
Post # 10
Filling the sink with soapy water creeps me out. I don’t want to put my hand down there and touch some rando piece of food I can’t identify.
Post # 11
My mom always filled the sink up and washed them together in the water. In our dirty, dirty sink. All those dishes, sitting there soaking in soapy lukewarm water for literally days…*gag* And then having to reach into this murky water grasping for KNIVES… Ugh. No thank you!
I totally get the environmental aspect of using the same water, but I just can’t bring myself to wash dishes without hot running water. The same way I don’t feel clean if I take a bath rather than a shower. Gives me first world guilt, but I can’t stomach the alternative!
Post # 12
It depends on how many dishes. Usually I fill up one side of the sink and rinse in the other side then into drying rack, but if I only have a couple glasses or something I’ll get the sponge soapy and run the water while I’m washing them.
ETA: I always rinse off dishes before washing them, so that there aren’t any wierd nasty unidentifiable pieces of food floating in my soapy water. LOL
Post # 13
My method is very easy. I notify my husband that there are dishes in the sink to be washed and voila!
Post # 14
@Moja Milosc: Haha I like your method!
Post # 15
i rarely handwash dishes(LOVE my dishwasher), but when i do i let the water run(hot!), scrub each dish with a soapy sponge and rinse clean. then straight to the drying rack. im sure its “bad” for the environment because im wasting water or whatever but i really dont care.
filling a dirty sink with soapy water and letting all the dirty dishes marinate together is gross.
Post # 16
We use a sink full of soapy water and rinse off the soap before putting in the drying rack. For us, it’s just way too wasteful to run the hot water for each individual dish.
To combat what some people have called “the dirty sink water,” I wash dishes in order of how dirty/how much residue is on them. So if we have a pan that is oily, that will be the last thing to be washed so that the other things (glasses, etc) aren’t affected by it.
Also, I’m diligent about actually cleaning our sink itself on a regular basis.