Dishes are like laundry; never-ending. As soon as you turn around a dirty dish takes the place of a clean one and the cycle continues. FOREVER. There's really no good way to get rid of these things unless you constantly eat out while being naked. That's probably not going to happen for most of us so we need to be proactive.
While we can't prevent dirty dishes we can do things to make the whole process easier. Here are some simple tips to clean extra dirty dishes, starting by getting ahead of the curve.
Don't Fill The Sink With Dishes
Piling dish after dish in the sink is a bad idea. A sink overflowing with grimy dishes is something almost everybody will intentionally avoid as long as they can. It looks too difficult making it something no one wants to tackle. Extra dirty dishes will never get clean if everyone is constantly lowering their gaze everytime they pass the sink.
Instead place a plastic bin next to the sink and place dirty dishes in it. A bin is way less daunting. This will ensure your sink is always free and ready for rinsing and washing. If you use a dishwasher, this is also the perfect place for dirty dishes while a load is washing.
Buy Dish Soap In Bulk
Let's face it, we will always need dish soap. Buying this in bulk will not only save you money but it will save you time. You won't have to run to the store mid wash to get more!
Place it in a stylish oil and vinegar dispenser. This will not only give you controlled pouring capabilities but it looks way better next to the sink than a plastic bottle.
To make sure you aren't wasting your precious soap, squirt roughly a tablespoon of dish soap into a cup of water. Instead of squirting everything into the sink, likely using WAY too much, this will keep things in check. When you need more soap simply dip your sponge into the bowl of soapy water and continue washing.
Speaking of sponges…
Use The Right Tools
To get extra dirty dishes sparkling again you have to use the right tools. Lately, I've been using Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges and their handy dish wand that I picked up at Dollar General.
They scrub everything so amazingly fast yet rinse completely clean thanks to their fancy Scrubbing Dots technology. Those little dots are truly magical!
I love how Scotch-Brite™ Brand has different sponges for different jobs. You have to have the right tools for extra dirty dishes or they will never get clean.
So when I have baked-on messes stuck to my pots and pans I use Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Sponge for extra power. But when I'm trying to clean non-stick cookware or my glass cooktop I use Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponges. They can safely clean all cookware without scratching it!
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Tip: Use an over the door hook to hang your Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Dishwand. They are cheap and don't take up a lot of space!
Let Extra Dirty Dishes Soak
Always remember to soak extra dirty dishes first. While them bad boys are soaking you can concentrate on cleaner dishes so your dishwater doesn't get all nasty.
If something is really burnt on try using baking soda and vinegar and then dig in with a Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Sponge. This combo works amazingly great!
Sort Silverware While Washing It
To save time, sort your silver while you are doing dishes or as you are placing them into the dishwasher silverware basket. Trust me, this makes putting dishes away SO much easier. It will keep you in a nice rhythm of washing and putting away dishes allowing extra dirty dishes to get cleaned promptly.
So go ahead and grab Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges at Dollar General today and get ahead of those extra dirty dishes (before they take over your house)!