Doing the dishes or loading and unloading the dishwasher may not be your favorite chores, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we often make it out to be. Knowing a few tricks will help you save a little time and a lot of elbow grease when getting your dishes clean. Here are the best dish washing tips we’ve found for both dishwashers and washing dishes by hand!
Tips to Make Dish Washing Easier
Use a small colander to hold silverware after meals and to rinse the silverware before putting it in the dishwasher. What a great tip!
Keep lids, bottle pieces and pacifiers secure in a small laundry bag in the top rock. No more looking for lost pieces on the bottom of the dishwasher.
Mark glasses with rubber bands (one color for each person) to cut down on the number of dishes you have to wash. How smart is that?
Pre-sort your utensils while they’re still dirty. When they come out nice and clean, you can grab the handful and put them in the drawer without sorting each one.
Garbage disposal smelling funky? Freshen it up with some garbage disposal tablets made with citrus fruits and vinegar.
I’ve been cleaning my blender wrong all year! Instead of disassembling it, put some soap and water in and turn it on. So easy!
How to Get the Most Out of Your Dishwasher
Clean a GROSS dishwasher with soda and Kool-Aid. Yes, we’re totally serious!
If you prefer a powdered detergent in your washer rather than gel or tablets, try this homemade dishwasher detergent.
Get stuck-on food off dishes and pans with ease. Just put a dryer sheet and some water in the dish, let it sit overnight, and the food will wipe right out the next morning.
Save Time Doing the Dishes
Make your own dishwasher tablets for a fraction of what you’ll pay in stores.
Don’t give up if you’ve burned food onto your favorite pot. Vinegar and baking soda can get it right out.
If you don’t have soda and Kool-Aid on hand, vinegar works wonders for cleaning out the gunk.
Learn to load a dishwasher properly. Never put tall utensils in the cutlery basket; that could block the spray arms.
Unload the bottom rack first. You don’t want to get those dishes wet again from water that has collected in a cup or bowl.This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please review our disclosure policy.