(Closed) How do YOU handwash dishes?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How do YOU handwash dishes?
    Fill up the sink with soapy water, rinse clean on other side : (25 votes)
    18 %
    Fill up the sink with soapy water, dishes straight to drying rack. : (4 votes)
    3 %
    Let water run as I wash or turn on and off. : (104 votes)
    74 %
    Other : (7 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    728 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Yeah I think soap if left on dishes can give you digestive… issues

    Post # 6
    10565 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    14498 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My method is very easy. I notify my husband that there are dishes in the sink to be washed and voila!

    Post # 15
    98 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    16216 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    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.

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