37 Hacks To Make Dish Washing Easier

    Yes, there are ways to make this task less miserable. And none of them involve marijuana or crystal meth!

    1. Don't put dirty dishes in the sink.

    2. Instead, put them in a bin and keep it near the sink.

    This way your sink is always clean and available to wash dishes.

    3. If you have roommates, assign a different bin to each person.

    4. Keep an empty plastic bin in your (clean) sink. When you're ready to wash dishes, fill it with hot water and a few drops of dish soap.

    5. If you don't have a plastic bin, it's OK to plug your sink and fill it with soapy water.

    Just don't wash dishes one-by-one under running water like this dumb cat.

    6. If you have any pots or pans that are mega, caked-on grease dirty, let them soak somewhere while you get started.

    7. Work from cleanest to dirtiest dishes.

    8. Clean things in this order: Glasses first...

    9. ...then cutlery...

    10. ...then plates (scrape them first)...

    11. ...then pots and pans...

    12. ...Cast-iron pots are very last, after you've rinsed all the soap out of your sink.

    13. Make garbage disposal cleaner cubes with lemon and vinegar.

    14. Use an extra oven rack as a drying rack over the sink.

    15. There is no such thing as having too many soft, fluffy dish towels. Keep them somewhere easily accessible.

    16. Install a dish draining closet over the sink.

    17. Or a DIY one.

    18. Clean a burnt pan with vinegar and baking soda.

    19. Use cold water to clean off starches and dairy products because hot water will make them gum up.

    20. Make homemade Goo Gone with vegetable oil and baking soda to remove stubborn price tags and labels from dishware.

    21. Run soapy water through your blender.

    22. If you're cleaning crystal stemware, line the sink with a terry towel.

    23. Buy in bulk to save money, then transfer to an easy-dispense container.

    24. Or make your own dish soap.

    25. Use this bowl trick to make sure you don't use too much soap.

    26. Or use a foaming soap dispenser to make dish soap last longer.

    27. Assign everyone in the family a glass using this coaster trick.

    28. Read a recipe all the way through before you start cooking, paying special attention to the size of the bowls it calls for.

    29. Get crafty with serving pieces.

    30. Know how to load your dishwasher.

    31. Use a magnet to mark the dishwasher

    32. Sort the silverware before you wash it.

    33. Unload the bottom rack first.

    34. Use a laundry bag to keep lids and smaller items in check.

    35. Give yourself a break.

    36. Use the "one-soapy sponge" trick to break the task into smaller chunks of time.

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