How we wash up dishes

How we wash up dishes

What you’ll need:

  • A clean sink
  • Scourers/washing up sponge
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up bowl (if preferred) 
  • Tea towel


  1. Although plenty of homes now have dishwashers, many people still rely on dishwashing as the primary method for ensuring clean crockery around the house.
  2. Before starting, it’s important to check all over the property for any loose cups or mugs - you might find a tea mug beside the bed or a glass beside the bathroom sink for teeth-brushing.
  3. Once all the crockery is gathered, start by scraping off any residual food into the bin and give a quick rinse of plates and bowls
  4. Before filling the sink, clean the bottom and sides of the sink bowl with a scourer and washing up liquid
  5. Fill the sink to ¾ full, or use a washing up-bowl if you have one.
  6. Run just hot water to fill the sink - the water should be too hot for bare hands and you’ll need to wear rubber gloves
  7. For optimal results, use 1-2 squirts of washing up liquid. If you have lots of dishes, you may want to empty the bowl mid way through and refill. If you do so, use another 1-2 squirts of washing up liquid. 
  8. Start with glass - as glass is transparent you need the water you use to wash it to be as hot as possible. After this, the order is less important. If you have two sinks, or a washing up bowl, rinse under water after scrubbing before placing on the drying rack.
  9. Arrange items neatly on the draining board. Washing up is best done with regularity to ensure that there is sufficient space for all items to air dry thoroughly.
  10. You can also dry the dishes with a clean tea towel if you’d like to get these put away immediately