That the one who likes to do the dishes raises the hand! When you have to, for lack of a dishwasher, this is one of the household chores we would happily do without. We gathered five tips for you to do the dishes by hand faster and having fun (almost).
Properly equip yourself to do the dishes by hand
This is the b.a.-ba if you have to do the dishes by hand daily. Thanks to a well-chosen equipment, the task will appear to you immediately less tedious. Think for example of a drainer performance, as pleasant to watch as functional, where you will have cutlery, plates and glasses to dry. You can do without wipe as a bonus!
Replace the basic dishwashing liquid bottle with a more elegant soap dispenser at the edge of the sink. No more plastic bottle that slips your hands! It will also be easier to use the right amount of soap.
Finally, equip yourself with a suitable sponge that respects the dishes you use. No need to turn to the ultra-abrasive models: if you do your dishes quickly after the meal, a classic sponge is enough. Change it regularly, without waiting for it to be dirty and smelly, the sponges being real nests with microbes, and reserve it for this use only.
Being organized: the essential dish trick
Motivation too often comes down to the simple sight of an uncontrolled accumulation of crockery. When you get rid of the table, after carefully cleaning plates, cutlery and dishes of their dirt, remember to order them to avoid cries of terror when you put it on.
Then choose a basin rather than the sink to store all your dishes, it will force you to fill it less messy.The large dishes and pans, they are to put aside: pour water and two drops of dishwashing liquid, then let the time soak the rest.
Fill your sink or a second basin with water and start with the cleanest dishes to avoid changing the water too often, for example glasses. And to save soap too, make the bet to finish your dishes without having to rinse your sponge or put back dishwashing liquid.
Buy the right dish product
There is a wide range of products. Those promising ultimate degreasing or quick drying, then the bacteria destroyers. There are also the ecological, the smell-good or those for sensitive skin. Choose the formula that you will find the most pleasant, the one you will use with pleasure, as this soap whose smell reminds you of your best vacation.
Even if the dishwashing liquid chosen is designed to respect the sensitive skin, in case of large quantities of daily dishes, it is better to put on rubber gloves to protect the skin of the hands like the nails.
Doing the dishes at several times
An unpleasant moment may well become a family ritual that is much appreciated if you surround yourself to complete the task, and above all you will save time! Define the roles of each one, for example by designating the one who washes, then the one who dries and finally the one who arranges, and change the roles from one day to another. Establish a discussion that is rare but meaningful to have when you think about it, like telling your day, talk about the latest film seen at the cinema, the last book read or the travel destination for the next vacation.
Do the dishes by singing!
You do not always have time to listen to some music, your favorite radio show or to read a novel? If you do not have a ready-made music compilation, choose an album that makes you want to dance or reminds you of an exotic destination, the moment will be more catchy. You might even consider some exercises to strengthen the legs or light dance steps to give you rhythm.
Another parade, keep your mind busy! Take advantage, for example, to listen to the latest podcast of your favorite radio program. Your attention to the show will take the time significantly faster, and you will surely learn things. You will be even more attentive with the audio version of the latest phenomenon bookstore, you who complain that you do not find the time to sit on a couch with a good book.