Do you really, really dislike washing dishes? Apparently most people do… how many times have you seen washing dishes listed as the one most hated household chore?

I guess I’m in the minority, because I really don’t mind doing dishes at all, and there are times when I even enjoy it. I have a dishwasher, but it is often easier (and now that I have a super energy-efficient dishwasher, much faster) to wash dishes by hand. I am convinced that it is HOW you wash the dishes that makes the difference.

Here’s how to make dishwashing an almost effortless procedure:

First (and most important), use really hot water. Fill the sink with the hottest water available… add dishwashing liquid and the dishes. Make sure that all the dishes are completely submerged in the water, then find something else to do until the water has cooled down enough so you can put your hands in it comfortably. By this time most of the dishes will already be clean, and even baked or dried-on food will come off easily.

If you have a lot of dishes to wash, repeat the process, but keep the water HOT and add more dish washing liquid as necessary. Start with silverware (not sharp knives), glassware, plates, cups, etc., and do the baking pans and cooking pots last.

When you’re cooking or baking something, fill your sink with hot, soapy water BEFORE you start. As you finish using a pan or dish, put it directly into the hot water, because the secret to almost effortless dish washing is to never let the food dry on the dishes. By the time you are done baking, the dishes will have cleaned themselves and won’t need much more than a rinse.

And finally… as soon as the dishes are clean and dry, put them away. That’s important, too!

It’s amazing how a simple technique like this can make such a huge difference!