Whether you’re planning a large family gathering or just trying to whip up a quick weeknight meal, dirty dishes have a way of piling up in the sink. Make dishwashing less daunting and much faster with our five clever tips.
1. Tackle Large Dish Loads in Stages
It’s tempting to ignore the dirty dishes from a family get-together or holiday dinner until long after dessert, but doing so can make the chore much harder later on. Instead, do a little light work just after dinner: Scrape dirty pots and pans and serving platters, pour fat into a disposable container and place dirty dishes and cutlery in hot water to soak while you enjoy the rest of the meal. When it’s time to tackle the pile, enlist a few volunteers and set up an assembly line. Wash the least-soiled items first, and end with the dirtiest. Of course, your secret weapon is Dawn Platinum – its grease-cleaning power can power away stuck-on food in seconds.
2. Easily Remove Baked-On Cheese
It might be delicious and nutritious, but cheese is one of the hardest foods to remove from dirty dishes, especially if it’s baked on. The trick is to first remove as much as you can with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula. Then, when you add hot water, you won’t end up smearing melted cheese everywhere.
3. Avoid Odors Left by Fragrant Foods
Some odors and flavors will cling to items like wooden utensils, plastic dishes and porous ceramics, as well as your slow cooker. Garlic, onion, fish and curry spices are the most common culprits. To avoid this problem, rinse pots in hot water as soon as possible after using. Still detecting an odor? Rub lemon slices over your cookware, rinse, and then wash and dry.
4. Eliminate Drink Stains
Love coffee but hate the stains it leaves on your mugs? Soaking them in hot, soapy water is key – just add a few drops of Dawn dish soap to a sink of hot water. While it’s smart to wear rubber gloves to keep your skin from drying out, don’t wear them when washing delicate items – they might slip through your fingers and break. Clean one item at a time to reduce the chances of chipping and breakages.
5. Clean up Greasy or Oily Food
Whether it’s grease from a pancake breakfast or fried tapas from a dinner party, the key to washing up anything oily is to first remove as much fat as possible. Pour any loose cooking fat into a disposable container, and then wipe clean any remaining fat with a Bounty paper towel. Once excess fat has been removed, wash up with Dawn Ultra dish soap, which is specially formulated to cut through grease and oil without making the water feel greasy. Or, if you’re using a dishwasher, include a Cascade Platinum ActionPac in the load – it contains the grease-fighting power of Dawn, plus a built-in rinse aid.
What’s your best washing-up tip? Share with us in the comments section below!