Dishwashing 101: Do's and Don'ts

I have mentioned previously that we recently became a dishwasher free household. What I didn't mention was that after a year with a dishwasher we had forgotten all the basics of washing dishes by hand. This last month has been a crash course in dishwashing 101. Here's what we re-learned.

DO:

Get rid of left over food straight away.
Separate and sort the dishes.
Leave space between items in the drainer.
Clean your dish cloths regularly.
Use really hot water.
Try some soap in a spray bottle.
Clean your sink after you've washed up.
Use homemade or grey water safe detergent.

DON'T:

Put food scraps is your water.
Overload the sink.
Over fill the sink.
Leave knifes in the sink or drainer.
Leave wet cloths or sponges in or around the sink.
Leave water around the sink.

I would love to hear your dishwashing tips!

(images: Sarah Starkey)