The Student Guide To Washing Dishes in Dulwich 08Jan 2014

Most people know how to do the dishes very well but if you live with someone in Dulwich that doesn’t and leaves food remains on everything after they have washed, then you may want to give this to them. The vast majority of people now how a dishwasher at home; washing dishes may not be your strong point. When you go to university however, you won’t get this luxury when you live in halls. By the end of the year, everyone will be using everyone’s things so you need to make sure everyone can wash properly so you don’t end up with a pile of dishes that need to be rewashed.

1.    Rinse everything. Before you fill the sink with clean water, give everything a quick rinse to get rid of any sauce. If something won’t simply rinse off, leave it to soak in warm soapy water for a while until it is easier to get off.

2.    Fill the washing bowl. You need to fill the sink with hot water. Not scalding hot, just hot. It is suggested that you use gloves so you don’t damage your skin and it doesn’t get really dry. While the water is running, add the washing liquid and let the water bubble up. You can use any sponge you like as long as you bear in mind that some things are prone to scratches so you shouldn’t use a wire brush on say a non-stick pan or you will scratch the non-stick away. Other than that, you can pretty much use whichever one you like.

3.    Wash everything. Everyone in Dulwich, SE22 has their own order to this (or no order at all) but typically, you should wash the cleanest things first so the water doesn’t get really dirty at the beginning and your items don’t end up dirtier than when you started. You should wash things together to make things simpler for example wash all the cutlery together and all of the plates together. This makes things much easier for when you have to dry and put away. For knives, don’t just put them in the sink as you can’t see them under all of the bubbles and might cut yourself trying to pick it up. If the water gets too dirty, change it. There isn’t any point trying to get something clean when you’re washing it in dirty water.

4.    Drain and clean. Drain the sink and clean it afterwards.  Let all of the bubbles go down the plug hole and any food remainders should be put in the bin.

5.    Dry and put away. Things like cutlery, crockery and pans are good at collecting water marks which makes them look dirty when they aren’t so they should be dried and put away straight after they’ve been washed. Make sure you don’t just leave everything to air dry because I guarantee someone will come and put something dirty with all of your clean dishes and you’ll have to do it all over again. Wooden items such as spoons and chopping boards are difficult to dry and can therefore be left to air dry before being put away.

Don’t let the washing pile up, the people you live with in Dulwich or the SE21 region won’t be happy and neither will you when you realise exactly how much you have to do. To make things easier, you can do it between two of you so while one washes, the other dries and puts away so you can get the job done in half the time and with half the amount of effort.

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