The importance of following proper safe food handling procedures. There was a bowl of water on top of the counter, and the server simply dunked the dirty dish into the water, and dried it off. Wash dishes in this order: crystal, glassware, clear glass plates, other plates, flatware, serving ware, the greasiest serving dishes, then pots and pans. Pre-Rinse – each individual uses a little bit of drinking water to rinse out their dishes and utensils, drinks that rinse water, and then puts their dishes on the wash pile. Pots and pans were last. Wet dishes. Understand what makes sense for you and your kitchen. Make sure to replace dirty water with fresh water as needed. By way of introduction to this topic let me explain that the verb “to wash up” in the U.S. is primarily defined as washing one’s hands and/or face, as in “Give me five minutes to wash up and then I’ll be ready.” So Brits, if you’re the guest of an American, and he or she mentions washing … In my American college dorm, I washed my dishes in the bathroom sink. Commonly used implements include cloths, sponges, brushes or even steel wool. Add Tip Ask Question Comment Download. I think it's because of a lack of running water and having just one tub for dishwashing. After all the dishes were washed, I brought the basin back to my room, where I dried and put away all the dishes. It gave me a chuckle, too. I don't know if you noticed, but the woman from India has a dishwasher, but she prefers to wash her dishes by hand. Then all are rinsed. I use running water too to rinse my dishes, when I am not using the dishwasher. Dry dishes if the dish drainer becomes full before all dishes are finished. My kids almost bought me one last Christmas but I said NO, I don't want one. Now, her sons do wash the dishes, but only if there isn't anyone around who will do them. Pots and pans are last. You should always, always wash cast-iron cookware by hand. She said that her husband is not allowed in the kitchen and does not wash the dishes. Rinse in clear water after washing. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. Most scrubbers have a scraper on the top to help get rid of stuck on cheese or other stubborn food crusties. While opinions are bound to differ on the best way to wash dishes manually, there is a method used by professional dishwashers and approved by health inspectors everywhere. I am a multicultural marketing professional and the article offers great insights for homecare industry. I hand wash my dishes mainly because in order to prep them for the dishwasher you have to prewash anyway unless you have an industrial strength dishwasher. Fill one sink with hot soapy water and if you have a second, fill that with warm water with a splash of vinegar, to aid in a spotless drying. Page 1 of 17. more > Pre-washing / Scraping: Remove large amounts of food and grease at your scaping table before the wash step. I'm from Bulgaria, I personally wet the dishes under running water whilest scrubing them with a sponge if needed, then soap them with a soapy sponge, and then rinse them really well under abundant running water, while scrubing with my hand a little... Then airdry them. Very interesting. But most campgrounds do not. Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. Thanks RealHousewife for your input and comment. Let's start with the first interview. However, many of us learned to wash dishes back in the days of sinks, sprayers, and elbow grease. Let them air dry, then put away before going to bed. My American friend told me that her friend from France washes the dishes with this method as well. Wash dishes, pots, pans, and utensils and detached parts in hot, soapy water. Never use your 3 sink basin as a mop or hand washing station. You need to use … Water does get hot midday, though, which helps. Have the water level approximately half way of the top layer of dishes. which way is better too doing that method or not filling the sink with water and grabbing a sponge put soap and wash it one by one and rinsing it. I was just wondering what is the proper way and how do you wash dishes. Getting rid of food. I even know a few. Thank you for your idea. Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 19, 2012: Most of the people in Nepal also wash the dish like the people in India. She will not let her husband or sons wash the dishes, because they will not do it correctly. Now it's time to do the actual physical work. Use a brush, if necessary. 9. In Germany we got little bowls of water beside our plates for rinsing our fingers. Then they proceed to soap the dishes one by one and set them aside. He's about to turn 13 and is still learning the proper way to load the dishwasher. I'm not sure what they meant by that. I have two very good hands. Refuse to own a dishwasher; just another modern convenience that is not necessary. Scrap, rinse and Soak all items. Working in a professional place, you need to follow these rules other than throwing it on the children to do. It is interesting that some people, including my mother, put saving money as the biggest priority in washing dishes. You'll find different opinions on how to wash the dishes. At the very least, be restrained with how much you leave the faucet on. "Does the procedure matter? Studies have found that while water alone only kills around 77% of bacteria, soap and water combined can kill up to 92% of those nasty germs. The 3 sink basin should be refilled every 4-hours and cleaned between each refill. There were chemicals in the water to kill the germs. Very interesting. I don't think they believed there were significantly different ways of washing dishes, and since they were not part of the other interview, they left not knowing the difference. Thanks for persistence and getting to the bottom of the mystery. I wash the dishes by filling on sink with soapy water then i rinse it on the tap water with a sponge. Carey's the opposite: "I'm like, 'Let's get it done and over.' They decided to take pity on this middle aged reporter whose mother hadn't taught her how to wash the dishes, and hence began the conversation that led to the instructions herein. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your work. There are certain guidelines for each of these steps intended to ensure proper cleaning and sanitation of the dishes. If you’d like you can fill a large bowl in the sink instead of the sink itself. Thx for your answers!!!! Here are some tips. Add one tablespoon of soap and swirl it around. Soft, non-scratch sponges are useful when you need to take extra care, but be sure to sanitise or change them frequently. Patterson is an "outside of the pot last kind of girl," she says, recalling how her mother would scrub the bottom of her pots to cleanliness. You teach them to read. Patterson is an "outside of the pot last kind of girl," she says, recalling how her mother would scrub the bottom of her pots to cleanliness. I use a rag for the dishes and sponge/scrub brush for set in stains and pots. When you fill it with the soapy water for the dishes it will kill any germs that are in the sink the same way it kills the germs on the dishes you will be washing. Getting Kids to Wash the Dishes. Before washing, scrape dishes and pre-soak any items with hard to remove residue. Thats how i do it. To be thoroughly cleaned, health code requires this last step, which is the sanitize stage. A little Dawn can go a long way. The dishes are in the sink! Great hub and interesting! As the sink fills, wash the glasses and cups and put the utensils in to start soaking. That way, food debris is not being spread to those sides. In general, dishes wash easily if you keep them under the water while scrubbing them; as you work, pull each dish out of the water to check for missed spots. Place dried, crusty dishes into sink to soak. I really appreciate your sharing your dish washing techniques with me. Wash the dishes under a steady stream if you have a small sink. When the entire workforce is knowledgeable about and committed to proper hand washing, the entity, be it retail or wholesale, will avoid costly food safety problems. There are people who enjoy washing dishes. When hand washing dishes, never put you hand inside of a glass. The woman said she adds a squirt of bleach as well from time to time Then they scrape and add the dirty dishes in the water as they cook. I don't think so.". Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 19, 2012: I rinse off and then place dishes in the dishwasher and flip a switch to get 'er done. and Dishwashers are more exoensive to use but mine has a sanitizing cycle I'm very fond of:) Voted up+++! I set all my dishes on the floor immediately outside the shower, and clean dishes go into a drying rack I keep on a shelf (which is also where they're stored, as is very common in Korea), and all of them are allowed to air-dry except a pair of tongs I inherited from my grandmother - she kept them in good condition for 60-some years and I won't be the one who ruins them. So how do you ensure the process is as streamlined and effective as possible? Cool "study"! Survey your pans and pots at this point. End with cookware/pots and pans; if you soaked pans with baked-on foods, washing will be easier. For dishes, my home-stay 'Mom' kept a supply of powdered dish soap, which she would dilute in a small plastic butter tub. Carey favours the ubiquitous green scouring pads, though they can also be too harsh for certain items. The sink is filled with water and a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Especially if they're on the dirtier side, they won't come out of the dishwasher as clean, and they, too, can be damaged in the dishwasher. Just for you, I risked ridicule and shame, and wiped away any hope that I would be considered a normal member of polite society. I like the payoff of a good meal before diving into the drudgery. Now, she uses her dishwasher for the clean dishes. Great hub! Please note that I didn't ask these people how people from their country washed their dishes, so it is possible that other people in the country wash their dishes differently. This man is washing dishes at the Our Community Place Soup Kitchen, Little Grill Collective, June 28, 2008 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. But, I must admit, it wasn't necessarily the "proper" way. When the dishes are soaped, they are all rinsed off under running water and put in the dish drainer. Important: Clean and sanitize each sink and drain board before you start to use the sinks. :-) I like to use a sink and washbasin to soak and soap the dishes, then rinse them one by one and transfer to a drying rack. -- Created using Powtoon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/youtube/ -- Create animated videos and animated presentations for free. I had lots of practice because I was #4 of 6 kids and the "peacekeeper." TIP: Be extra careful when handling k… Don’t forget to wash the bottom of the pan. Let’s face it, washing dirty dishes by hand is not the epitome of fun. Go heavy on the hot tap water and easy on the washing-up liquid. She doesn't soak the dishes. Most Americans wash their clothes using a clothes washer, and usually a clothes dryer. I rinse the dishes first, use liquid soap to scrub them with a sponge and then rinse off one by one in running water. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on July 16, 2012: Thank you toomuchmint for your comment and insight. Even if you only have half a load, it's still more water efficient to use the dishwasher. Tips. There are many different ways of washing dishes and different combinations. Step 4: Washing. This will make it a little easier if you have to change the water. We use liquid soap here. When the entire workforce is knowledgeable about and committed to proper hand washing, the entity, be it retail or wholesale, will avoid costly food safety problems. Dishes were scrubbed with that and rinsed under running water from the faucet. © 2012 Shasta Matova This person soaks dishes in soapy water and uses a scrub brush. While washing dishes will never be fun, with the right information and few pieces of gear, it can at least be minimally annoying. Donna and Linda, I know very few people who use a dishwasher. If you don't have running water, you can't use as much of it. Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on March 19, 2012: Unfortunately I cannot use a dishwasher as much as I'd like since ours doesn't work. Then they run the sponge over the dishes and put them in the next sink. -- Created using Powtoon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/youtube/ -- Create animated videos and animated presentations for free. Enjoyed reading your hub Shasta. Larger items can also be towelled off right after washing if you don't want them to occupy your entire dish rack. I wash the dishes by filling on sink with soapy water then i rinse it on the tap water with a sponge. If you find there’s hardened, caked-on residue, … Most of us don’t relish the thought of having to do the washing up especially if we are entertaining family or friends. Washing dishes seems like a self-evident task: Suds-up, scrub, and rinse. But there's no right answer. While sanitizing hand lotions have become increasingly popular, studies show that a good hand washing with soap and water is still more effective if you have visibly soiled hands. Water for washing and sanitizing must be certified safe to use. Chebyshev's other inequality How are states (Texas + many others) allowed to be suing other states? If you don’t have easy access to clean water, don’t worry. The whole surface, inside and out, front and back, got thoroughly soaped and all food scrubbed off, before being rinsed under the running water enough times that no more suds formed, and then placed in the basin. Originally she left the water running at a trickle throughout the entire time she was washing dishes. Being the intrepid reporter that I am, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity, and ask them how they washed their dishes. By the time the glasses/cups are done, it's time to start the bowls and plates and the sink is filled. I am sure there are even more combinations than discussed in this article. Soak pots and pans. Interesting hub. Thanks for your visit and comment. I do this in batches of three to four dishes at a time. That doesn't always work, though, especially if you don't have a large or multi-basin sink. 1. Here’s a short version. Pots & pans can soak with hot soapy water in them, on the stove while following these steps: Fill the sink with HOT, soapy water and antibacterial dish soap (sometimes I will add 1/2 cup bleach.) I feel that way too - the hardest part is already done by the time you have scraped and scrubbed the pots and pans, and rinsed the dishes. The wash water must be at least 110°F. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on March 19, 2012: Vinaya, I really enjoy learning how normal things are done in different cultures. But this was very interesting. Generally this means glasses, dishes, pots and pans. In the dishwasher, this means avoiding overcrowding and loading the dishes, so that the water source, which is typically in the center of the machine, is able to reach and spray each dish. "Pots and pans you generally need to wash by hand," says Sarah Carey, the editorial director of food and entertaining for Martha Stewart Living who has no dishwasher in her New York apartment. 2. Dish water will stay cleaner... last longer...And you will save on detergents. Hand washing is the number one way to prevent infection. It is fascinating how people approach the same task differently. Dishwashing, washing the dishes, doing the dishes, or washing up in Great Britain, is the process of cleaning cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery and other items to prevent foodborne illness. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on March 25, 2012: Thanks Marcy for your additional insight and sharing the dishwashing practices of your "Mom" in Mexico. The actual dishwashing process is the same one I used in college, except I turn off the water when I'm not using it, I squat in front of the low tap instead of standing at a sink, and I have to climb in and out of the shower between every dish. We did not discuss it during this interview, but we have talked about some parts of India where water is so scarce that dry dirt is used to clean dishes instead of water. I have hand-washed dishes in three different ways for three different places. Hot water evaporates faster than cold, which means that dishes dry quicker and with fewer smears if they’re rinsed in hot water. This means that you’ll need to scrape off any excess food into the trash can, as you want as little soil as possible to enter the water. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on June 02, 2014: Rozalyn, my dishwasher has broken down, so I am practicing washing dishes by hand yet again. Table 5. What is the best way to wash the dishes? In batches of a varying size, while cooking. Don’t fill the sink all the way to the top, since you need room to drop the dishes in. Hand washing can even prevent you from catching the common cold. Thank you mga Higala! Learn more: Use Less Soap for Cleaner Hand-Washed Dishes. Eventually they get to a point where the dishes that had been covered by the other dishes during the initial wetting process are dry. [As an aside, she said that in Syria, you leave leftover food at the restaurant which is thrown away, as opposed to the U.S. where you can take home the leftovers. The second interview was with a woman from India, and a couple and a woman from the United States. Unfortunately, I had not come prepared with a list of questions for these impromptu interview sessions, so we did not discuss these variations: There you have it. Make it about half full. it depends on your culture, the dish-washing facilities, the amount of water available, and your personal preferences. When we are camping, my husband does all the cooking and cleaning up afterward. I avoid sponges and brushes like the plague.. they hold too many germs! The Syrian and the Iranian seemed to wash the dishes the same way, although it is quite possible that there may have been subtle variations that were not discussed. Once a week when you clean the kitchen give it a good scrubbing. They use it for dishes, wiping snotty noses and wiping up the floor. THE PRE-WASH 1. Good dish washing technique will help you stay healthy (especially on extended trips) and minimize impact in the wild. Voted up, useful and interesting. Once it's time to proceed with washing, Patterson's go-to is a stainless steel scouring pad, though that's not something to use on delicate surfaces, non-stick cookware or cast iron. The dish soap is a solid green mass that comes in a little plastic container with a green "sponge", more like a scrubby. Wash the dishes inside and out with your dish rag. Wash "in order," starting with lightly soiled items. I did tell them that I suspected that people from different countries washed their dishes differently. 4. Terrific hub! Washing fruit and vegetables Wash fruit and vegetables under cold running water before you eat them. You are not actually killing the bacteria when you wash in this way. Add your answer and earn points. Before putting dishes in the wash water, make sure you scrape off all excess bits of food and then rinse the dishes to remove visible food particles. View All. Carey, on the other, hand likes to work from the outside in, since the non-eating or non-cooking surfaces are typically cleaner to begin with. Dish washing is usually done using an implement for the washer to wield, unless done using an automated dishwasher. Peeling or cooking fruit and vegetables can also remove these germs. First I take all the dishes that need preliminary rinsing down three floors to the shared kitchen, to rinse them into the sink which has a garbage trap, and bring them back up again. Rinse with fresh, hot water. I appreciate knowing how dishes are washed in Bulgaria. Putting your dishes away in your kitchen cabinets before they're totally dry is the surest way to make them grow all sorts of nasty things. Wash with sponge. Thank you for sharing. If your sink isn’t divided or you’re … it depends on your culture, the dish-washing facilities, the amount of water available, and your personal preferences. But have you taught your kids how to do the dishes? In general, dishes wash easily if you keep them under the water while scrubbing them; as you work, pull each dish out of the water to check for missed spots. If that fails, options include further soaking and boiling water in the dirty pot or pan, with or without baking soda. By submitting your email you are agreeing to Fairfax Media's I hadn't thought about the consistency of the soap as being a difference, but now I see with your soap, and someone else who said they used soap powder, that there is a difference. The most environmentally friendly strategy is to have a bin or large bowl with hot soapy water in which to soak and wash your dishes, changing the water as necessary, with one final rinse when you're done, rather than washing each piece one by one under running water. I see people use their dish cloth until it's dirty looking. Thank you for reading and commenting Alecia and Bill. Share. Everything was amazingly delicious. Her sons, however, are married to Americans and do wash the dishes. Washing these items first followed by plates/bowls and serving dishes. I highly suggest this method to all. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on September 30, 2012: Thank you Vespa for your comment and additional information. I only use handi wipes for this - I wash them in one side and rinse in the other side, turning the water on each time and let them air dry. What a great hub! 2. When I was in Mexico for an extended time last year, I noticed a few things - most homes rarely turn on their water heaters, due to heavy corrosion and the expense of using them. Thanks to all for reading and commenting, and for sharing your dish washing methods with us. I wash dishes in a sink of soapy water, rinse under running water (a little wasteful), & then air-dry before putting them away. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Put soap on dishes. I have seen people use one sponge to soap their dishes and a separate sponge to rinse them. Calculating Parking Fees Among Two Dates . Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 20, 2012: Very interesting hub (from a real housewife perspective:) lol. Now, in order to save water, she turns the water on and off repeatedly as she washes each dish one at a time. Drying. There were others who were also involved in these conversations, but the facts relayed here came from these individuals. And when my dishwashing cloth isn't abrasive enough to get food off a dish (unlike college I now cook for myself so this sometimes happens), I sprinkle baking soda onto the dish and use that as an abrasive. But don't get too hung up on the chronology. The girls from India and Ukraine are also sitting instead of standing while washing the dishes. Carey finds that "natural" soaps are not as effective. ! From the pump, to the racks, to the seals on the door, everything on a commercial unit must be strong. In Peru method 1 or 3 is usually used. It is amazing that something that has to be done regularly is done differently throughout the world. If you have someone drying the dishes as you go, rinsing them as you wash is the way to go. Do you use a loofah, or a sponge, or a dishcloth? Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 19, 2012: I'm a hand-washer from way back. Put the dishes away in the cabinet after you dry them. Step by step 2 See answers kimiaella365 is waiting for your help. You may notice that both "my" methods are basically the same, just modified for different facilities. Washing glasses after greasy pans results in greasy glasses. Voting this Up and Interesting. Do you use a plastic scrubbie, or steel wool? I really enjoy reading about how other people wash their dishes. You'll find different opinions on how to wash the dishes. Rinse five or six pieces of dishware at a time, using hot running tap water. Some people let the dishes air dry, while others use a towel to dry them. Maybe it's because by the time I've finished making whatever food I've been sweating over, I'm hardly in the mood to keep standing around in the kitchen. At the end of the interview, my sources asked me how I washed the dishes. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on July 13, 2012: Thank you mary615. Shasta Matova (author) from USA on July 18, 2012: Thank you Chetan, I am glad that you found my hub about washing dishes interesting. Step #1: Pre-Wash . We (my mother's method) rinsed the dishes, in a sink full of hot soapy water we put in plates first, silverware, bowls and glasses let them soak a bit while water cools a little. terms and conditions Each batch is washed in an assembly line fashion. However, the parts of a commercial dishwasher have to stand up to constant, repeated use, so they are heavy-duty. You can create a schedule for testing and changing water to make it easier for staff to remember. I did not ask them a great deal of questions about the details to avoid further shame and ridicule. A pot scraper or plastic spatula can help get off more stubborn bits, too. 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