FEWER COOKING DISHES
Here are some of our best tips and tricks for using your dishwasher to make holiday cleanup extra easy, whether you’re hosting five people or 50.
Adjust The Rack Height
Put Pans & Platters Around The Edges
Move The Utensil Basket To The Middle
Face Dinnerware In The Same Direction
Skip The Rinse To Save Time
Get Started During The Party
Take Advantage Of The Speed Cycle
Clean Cookware During The Party
Give The Dishwasher Rack A Gentle Shake
Tips for Washing Dishes by Hand
Fill the sink or a large basin with warm soapy water.
Dish soap with grease-cutting power is ideal for this job. If you can, choose brand name soap over a generic product for better results.
If you have a double sink, fill the other side with cold water for rinsing.
This cuts down on water usage by skipping the open tap to rinse dishes. Add one to three teaspoons of bleach to the rinse water for sanitizing power.
Recruit three other people to help you.
The first person scrapes plates into the trash and sets them in the warm soapy water to soak. The second person scrubs dishes with a netting-covered sponge or scrub brush. The third person dips the plates in the rinse water and dries them with a soft, clean towel. The fourth person puts the dishes away.