Ever since I was old enough to reach the sink on a stool, I’ve washed dishes. And since then, I’ve had a hard time enjoying it, or even just feeling okay with doing them. Alas, everyone knows that with cooking comes mountains of dishes, but there IS a way to get the dishes done without pulling your hair out or losing your mind. And you don’t even have to own a dishwasher to utilize these tips.
Organize the Dishes
Usually if the counter next to the sink doesn’t look like a monster about to swallow you up, it’s a lot easier to relax while washing the dishes. It’s as simple as stacking the plates and placing the utensils in a pile.
Wash the Dishes in Order
Guess what? There’s an order to washing dishes. Washing the dishes in order not only eases the nerves, it also has a purpose. If you wash the greasy/insanely dirty pans first, your hot soapy water will be all nasty—and you DO NOT want to wash your glasses in that.
• Start with the glasses, so they are washed in the cleanest water.
• Next, wash the plates and bowls (that are used to eat on). Meanwhile, place your silverware in the bottom of the sink so they’re easier to clean when you get around to them.
• Get the silverware done next, and make sure that the spaces between the fork tines are clean.
• Now wash the serving dishes.
• Wash any cooking utensils like wooden spoons or measuring cups next.
• Save the pots and pans for last. If there’s caked-on food or grease, you may want to let them soak in hot soapy water for a few hours to loosen it some.
Add Essential Oils to Your Soap
There are many essential oils that you can add to your dish soap to make it smell great and also for aromatherapy purposes. I like to use Wild Orange essential oil because when I use it, I feel a lot happier, cheerful, and relaxed. Lemon essential oil is great for obvious reasons, but any citrus essential oils work amazingly. I have personally found adding essential oils to my soap really works when I’m trying to chill out and not lose my marbles.
Have a Helper
Having someone help you wash the dishes (or even having someone dry them) can be a heavy weight lifted off your shoulders. While cleaning, you can chat, laugh, listen to music, sing a silly song, or whatever! It’s a lot easier to relax and de-stress when you got a friend or family member helping you through it.
After about a while of following these guidelines and tips, I’ve found washing dishes to be more of a joy than a dread. Washing the dishes may not always seem like the most exciting activity, and while it does have to be done at some point, it doesn’t have to be a painful and stressful process.