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Three smart ways to clean your dishes quickly and cheaply

Be honest, no-one likes washing up. Not you, not your family, not even your kitchen staff. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to get it over and done with quickly and efficiently so you can get back to your life, and the kitchen staff can get back to delivering great customer service! How is this achieved? Well, here we present three smart ways to get your dishes clean quickly and cheaply. washing machine programmes

Organise!

How is your kitchen laid out? Are you stacking up plates in the sink or leaving them lying around? Try to allow your dishes to soak in hot water before washing up in order to get the best clean possible.

How many dishwashing products do you have in the kitchen? Washing dishes may sometimes require products such as Deepio if you are cleaning something heavily coated in grease, but what about those other dishwashing products you have lying around?

We’re all guilty of buying products when we see they are cheap, but sadly, more often than not, the quality just doesn’t live up to the standards we would like to achieve, making us have to work harder, and ultimately spend more money.

Give yourself five precious minutes and clean out this cupboard. Dust off any cobwebs and ask yourself which products you actually use. You will find that with less clutter, your cleaning job will seem much more efficient and maybe more hygienic!

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Product!

What kind of dishwashing detergent are you using, and how powerful is it? Many dishwashing liquids just don’t break down the grease on plates, or annoyingly leave behind soap stains on glassware. So instead of having to waste time on extra scrubbing, wasting money on extra water, or trying in vain to remove soapy stains, find a product which will have the cleaning power to easily remove grease and provide shine to your pots and pans.

If you’re running a restaurant, or are in a business where you have to clean a lot of dishes in one go, save on time and money by using Fairy dishwashing liquid.

Fairy is not only effective, but is also value for money. For your daily washing needs, you can also mix Fairy with water in a bottle and use the solution to wash your dishes, but make sure that you use it up within the day and do not leave it overnight to ensure hygienic practices. Fairy actually comes from the number 1 dishwashing company in the world and there are different variants of this dish detergent you can use depending on your preference.

Fairy lemon gives you great clean while providing that lemon fresh clean scent during washing, but will not linger on dishes. Fairy Antibac with the power of safeguard is another variant which also cleans tough grease and helps prevent bacteria growth on sponges if used as directed. All Fairy products are gentle on your skin, but will effectively remove general food grease.

Always use hot water when washing dishes which contained meat, eggs or dairy. Hot water will kill any underlying bacteria, make grease removal easier and reducing the scrubbing time and intensity necessary for a perfect clean!

If you can’t get very hot water from your tap, boil the kettle and pour half of the boiling water into the sink, and fill the rest of it up with warm water from the tap.

Baking soda is another must-have to any dish washing space. It is good at cleaning an incredible list of things, and one task it excels at in particular is making grease easier to remove. Next time you’re attempting to wash a baking tray, try sprinkling a few tablespoons of baking soda over the area, and add a little water about half an hour before you actually start removing the grease. Baking soda is cheap and available almost everywhere, so make sure you’re not wasting time battling stains when you could be focusing on other tasks.

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Our proper dishwashing techniques in 10 steps!

Learning how to wash dishes by hand should be an easy task, but for many, inefficient habits can occur, so it can be helpful to read up on proper dishwashing techniques.

  1. Prepare. Get the dishes ready and put on rubber gloves if you’re trying to give your hands that extra care. Take a good look around the area to make sure you haven’t forgotten a pan sitting on the stove in need of a good clean, or a coffee mug hiding behind the kettle.
  2. Scrape away all the left-over food into a recycling bin. There’s no need to put food waste in the same bin as everything else, as you can make compost from it to grow your own food, or use it as a great fertilizer for flowers. Roses especially love left over scraps!
  3. Fill the sink with hot water, and add the dishwashing liquid or detergent if you’re washing a big load of dishes. If you’re only washing a few things, create a ‘mini solution’ by putting a small amount of the product in a tupperware box with water.
  4. Put in cutlery first, as it can sit at the bottom without interfering with other objects in the sink.
  5. Place in any bigger items, or items with tough or greasy stains. Make sure the water is able to soak the entire inside of the items.
  6. Start to wash the dishes with the least soiled items. One by one remove them from the hot water, scrub any remaining grease or dirt off the plate, then once you are sure it is clean, rinse with water and place it in a drying rack next to or above the sink.
  7. Make sure that you are being logical with where you put the items on the drying rack. Often, running out of space can be a problem, so consider this as an issue. Alternatively, invest in an overhead drying rack in addition to one next to the sink.
  8. Carry on working through the dirty items. If the water at any point becomes murky or the suds from the detergent no longer cover the surface completely, drain the water, and refill the sink with hot water and dishwashing liquid, and start again.
  9. Once your dishes are clean, make sure you give proper attention to the cutlery as well. Remember that cutlery directly goes into the mouth of your customers!
  10. Lastly, wash up your pots, pans, and any other items with a lot of leftover foods stuck on. Make sure you do these last as they will make your entire washing up load dirty if you allow them to mix. Apply dishwashing detergent on your sponge and clean the pots if there is a lot of grease still left!

This is our step-by-step guide for ensuring your dishes are cleaned effectively and efficiently. Think about how your kitchen is organized and consider the product you are using, so hopefully in no time at all you will have beautifully clean dishes consistently at half the effort!

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