When your kitchen looks like a bomb just went off and everything is cluttering the bench top, having a system for getting those dishes washed can be a real time saver, and gets things done in an orderly fashion without fuss.
Start by stacking dishes next to the sink with hot soapy water. You want to make sure all food scraps have been scraped into the garbage, and any cups or glasses with liquid in them have been emptied. Put all the cutlery (forks, knives, spoons) together, cooking utensils (spatulas, tongs etc) separate, the cups and glasses in another section, and the plates and bowls in another section, and leave pots and pans over on the oven top until you're ready for them.
Wash the cleanest items first, usually this will be the cups and glasses, or the cutlery. You want to make sure your dish water doesn't get too dirty in the first wash. Cups and glasses also take up a lot of space, so getting them washed first is a good move. If you have someone helping you, they can be drying the cups while you're washing the cutlery.
Salad bowls and cereal bowls are next, they tend to be fairly clean most of the time, and in many cases need to be stacked so why not let them dry with the cups and glasses. After that, wash the plates which are almost always more greasy, but also take less space for drying if you have a rack to put them in. You can buy dish drying racks from most discount and home decor stores.
At this stage your dish water may be getting quite dirty, but with luck the dishwashing detergent is still frothy, so go ahead and wash the cooking utensils, making sure to scrub them properly. Wooden kitchen utensils may need to be soaked in hot water and detergent beforehand if they are really dirty.
Finally, you're ready to wash the pots and pans. Be careful with pans that have an anti-stick coating, your scrubbing might damage this surface so wash these with a soft sponge or dish cloth.
Hopefully a single wash has finished off all of your dishes, but don't be tempted to use your dish rag and the dirty water to clean oven tops and bench tops. These need to be cleaned properly to avoid bacteria buildup and disease in the home.
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