Cleaning a sink full of dirty pots, plates, and pans can be a daunting task. But if you take our advice, it won’t be so bad. Here are some practical dishwashing tips every apartment dweller should know.
First thing’s first: The soap you use matters. For optimum results, start with dishwashing soap containing lauramine oxide, a powerful agent that can cut through tough grease stains. It’s also a good idea to find a soap containing lactic acid for some antibacterial power.
Know When to Use Hot or Cold Water
Hot water is usually necessary for washing dishes effectively. Not only does hot water remove food debris, but it also kills germs and sanitizes your dishes. Plus, it can prevent stains. But hot water isn’t always the best choice. For stubborn dairy and starchy leftovers, cold water is key. Starch and dairy can get a “gummy” texture in hot water, while cold water makes them easier to remove.
Try Baking Soda
To clean food off pots and pans, do this: Coat your pot or pan with one tablespoon of baking soda. Cover the bottom with water and cover it. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat and let soak for about an hour to loosen even the most stubborn and sticky stains.
Use a Dish Tub
Last on our list of dishwashing tips: Use a dish tub. It’ll save water and cut down on the time it takes to hand wash your dishes. If you don’t have a dish tub, line your sink with a rubber mat and use it as a tub to soak your dishes in soapy water.