Dishwashing is one of those chores you'll never escape, and you might as well have an efficient or moderately enjoyable way of doing it.
My dad taught me to clean while I cook, which leaves fewer dishes to do when I am really full or just tired. This approach, thankfully long ingrained in me, is a lifesaver in a tiny kitchen with no dishwasher. Otherwise, because I am a normal, busy person, dishes can linger in my sink. When it comes time to handwash, rubber gloves are a lifesaver. If I'm only scrubbing a few things, bare handed, the warm water actually makes the work enjoyable.
On the subject, I've always remembered the one house rule cited in a New York Times article about the apartment Daniel Vosovic shared with friends: "If you leave dishes in the sink for more than 24 hours, they will be put in your bed, under the covers."
What is your dishwashing routine?
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