How to revolutionise your washing up routine

Washing up doesn’t have to be considered a chore and here at Dishmatic we’re here to explain why and how. With the help of our handy Dishfriends, and a little know-how, you can transform your routine and delight in dishwashing.

A happier, healthier you

It has been proven that cleaning has therapeutic benefits, health advantages and can lead to a more positive mindset. This is a good thing to keep in mind when you’re facing a sky-high pile of dishes! Studies have found that with cleanliness, your physical and mental health improves. If you report that your house is “cluttered” rather than “restorative”, you’re more likely to be stressed. So why not wipe away that stress by wiping away the grime on your dishes!

Let’s get started…

As tempting as it is, we all know that not everything can be bundled into the dishwasher and even when it is, it doesn’t always turn out as expected. Water marks, food remains and stubborn stains can greet you when you open the door. To shake things up a bit and ensure you’re looking after your glassware, pots and pans, why not give your dishwasher a break? Grab a Dishmatic and let’s get to work!

Clear away the clutter

Have you ever heard the expression ‘A tidy house is a tidy mind’? Well, when it comes to washing up, there might be something in it. You’ll feel much more relaxed during the activity if the kitchen doesn’t look like a bomb site. Have a quick tidy up before beginning and stack up the dishes to be done in a neat pile to make them more manageable.

Fill the sink with hot water

There’s no use washing dishes with lukewarm water: hot water cuts grease, kills bacteria and saves drying time. So the hotter the water, the better and faster the washing up will be. That said, be careful you don’t burn your hands or little hands of any children around the sink area. Investing in a pair of funky washing-up gloves can help save discomfort and prevent your hands drying out.

Start with the glasses and move onto the harder stuff

Starting with the least dirty dishes will ensure that the water stays cleaner for longer - and means you can save water by not having to refill the sink too soon. Glasses tend to be the cleanest items, due to a lack of grease in comparison to food-splattered plates and bowls, so start with them. Progress onto the greasier, more stubborn dishes; these may require more washing-up liquid and a little bit more work. For oven trays our Steel Scourer will do the trick!

Don’t forget to rinse

Rinsing dishes is a crucial part of washing up. No-one wants to experience food and drink with a background flavour of washing-up liquid. To prevent this, give each item a rinse in hot water before placing it onto the drying rack. Give the dishes a once over after you’ve rinsed them to check they’re sparkling clean - if they’re not, now is the time to re-wash!

Air dry to finish

Tea towels can harbour a number of bacteria so, if possible, it’s best to let your dishes air dry. Using hot water ensures this will be a quick process, meaning you can pop the pots and pans away shortly. If you do use tea towels, remember to wash them regularly and don’t let them stay damp for too long. When everything is dry and put away, kitchen bliss will be restored!

For more tips, check out our cleaning hacks. We’d love to hear about your washing-up routine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags #Dishmatic and #CleaningHack!