Not So Wordless Wednesday – Wild Card

I haven’t been around much.  I’ve been a little busy.  Moving is done … ish.  I still have a couple of boxes to empty and some stuff to arrange.  But for the most part I am settled in.

The grand kids are here all weekend and some weeknights.  I love having them, but there is only one problem.

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I can’t afford a dishwasher right yet.

I grew up in a house with five kids during the 70′s and we always had a dishwasher.  I never learned how to properly wash dishes.

I don’t like dishes to sit so I end up doing them multiple times a day, but in all honesty, I’m not very good at it.  I have noticed bits left on some of the dishes and the pans still feel a little greasy afterwards.

Help me!  What shouldn’t I be doing?  I am using water as hot as the building allows, Palmolive detergent (dye and perfume free and hypoallergenic) and I rinse them in warm water.  I always wash the pans last and let everything air dry.

So tell me – give me your tips and tricks.


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  1. Desiree Eaglin says:

    I use paper plates and plastic cups for breakfast and lunch. The kids use the same sippy all day and I wash the pots and pans by hand as soon as I’m done cooking. Get good dish soap and a good scrubber.

  2. Dirty dishes = interesting life.

  3. The only suggestion I’ve got is to rinse them off as soon as possible, will make the washing part much easier later on. I agree with Desiree though….have them use the same cup all day ! A million & one cups/glasses can get SO annoying – lol

  4. vicky newman says:

    When washing dishes by hand, I like using a stiff brush for a swift scrub and either a dishwashing liquid formulated for grease removal or a few spoonfuls of lemon juice. Occasionally, I’ll use few drops of chlorine bleach to disinfect. I scrub everything all over with the brush, whether I see food particles or not. If water is near boiling, I let them air dry. If I dry, I use bleached lint-free cloth. I grew up in household with five kids in the 70s and we did NOT have a dishwasher. Parents said they had five dishwashers. :)

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