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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