Sometimes our dishes pile up and we get overwhelmed about washing them because this becomes a full task, which needs a time of our day and attention. We can also get a bit paranoid on saving, money, energy, time, and so on, I decided to write an article how to wash dishes more efficiently.
The inspiration came to me when I saw one flatmate of my doing dishes in a way that was not economical and created a lot of wast. We don’t have a washing machine, so all the washing has to be done by hand, so I was happy that he was doing the dishes, but the way he was doing it was breaking my heart.
Doing dishes should be a no-brainer. Even a monkey can be taught to wash dishes. Still, like in everything in life there are ways of doing this act that will save time and energy and the ways that create big waste.
How my flatmate was doing dishes was: turn the water on, put a dish washing soap on a sponge, grab a single piece of dirty dishes from unorganized pile of dishes, put it under water, wash it with a sponge, clean it again with a water, put it to dry and repeat the process in this order. It is important to notice that his water was running all the time. Additionally to everything, my flatmate would just leave his place of work to talk to people or to take answer his phone.
Now, how here is how I do my dishes in a more economical way.
1- Organize dishes into categories – First I separate all dishes into categories by putting all spoons, forks and knives into one pile, and plates, cups and other dishes into the other.
2- Fill the sink with water – Then I closed the sink so the water cannot go out and put in part of the dishes, and a little bit of dish washing product.
3- Rinsing with product – Then I rinsing all the dishes with a sponge, and put them on the side when into a new pile of semi-clean dishes.
4- Rinsing with water – Once all the dishes are in semi-clean pile, it is time to release dirty water in the sink and turn water on to a minimal needed the water from the sink and rinse
5 – Never clean dishes again – To never have to wash big piles of dishes again, use Marie Kondo method, whereas as soon as new dishes are dirty, clean them and put them away. By doing this method your sink will be always clean, and you will avoid the trap of pilling up dishes.
This 5 step process is organized, effective and even fun, because I do it as it was a game on how well I can save water.
It is really a shame that most people only consider their water spending habits only when a bill in the end of the month (year) comes in. I mean, doing things right and wrong takes same amount energy, but the difference is in the final result – more time and money.