Even if you're lucky enough to have a dishwasher, there are plenty of times when you're going to need to hand-wash pots and dishes-which naturally seems a straightforward enough chore, and we all have our own process for completing the task. But while it's easy to assume you know all there is to know on the subject, there are actually all kinds of little tricks and shortcuts to getting things spotless. Here, via Martha Stewart, a re-cap:
If you've got several things to wash at once, use a plastic dish tub rather than washing items individually under the tap which saves time, energy, and water. Fill the tub with really hot water and a squirt or two of dish soap (it's more economical than applying and re-applying soap onto a sponge). The hotter the water, the better shot at your glass and silver drying streak-free.
Wash goods in order of fragility-and filth. This means starting with glassware, and moving onto plates, cutlery, serving pieces, and last your pots and pans. DrainRead More »from Dishwashing secrets and shortcuts