Three Ways to Make Dishwashing Easier

When it comes to getting your dishes sparkling clean, it takes more than just any old detergent and a little elbow grease.

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Some dishwasher detergents include powerful chemicals to help lift and wash away food and grease for a like-new shine.Pexels/Wendelin Jacober

“I love doing the dishes!” said no one ever. Many people would rather see the dishes pile up in their sink than wash them. There is something about washing dishes that seems, well, impossible. If you’re looking to make dishwashing less of a chore (aren’t we all?), here are three pieces of advice: buy more dishes, pre-wash, and use the right dishwasher detergent.

Buy More Dishes

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If you don’t want to wash a bunch of dishes, buy more so there’s always more clean ones than there are dirty.Cascade

One way that you won’t have to wash dishes as often is if you buy more. That means you’ll be able to let more dishes get dirty before you need to wash them. While this won’t minimize your mess, it means you don’t have to wash dishes as often. You may still find your dishes stacking up in the sink, so make an effort to throw them in the dishwasher with some dishwasher detergent after use.

Pre-wash

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Get clean dishes after the first wash by introducing a pre-wash system.Finish

It can be so frustrating when you put your dishes through the dishwasher only to find they are still dirty. This often happens because the dishwasher may not be strong enough to get all the gunk off. To keep this from happening, you’ve got to do a bit of a pre-wash. Take a few moments to rinse off the dishes and use a sponge to scrape off any stuck-on-there gunk. This one step will save you a lot of hassle in the long-run and will let the dishwasher detergent do the rest of the work.

Dishwasher Detergent

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Choosing the right detergent will make or break your dishwashing experience.Finish

There’s no point in putting in more work than you need to. All you have to do is ensure the dishwashing detergent you’re buying is the right one. Choose one that is highly concentrated and able to lift food and oil from the dishes. This will also help break down grease, leaving your plates squeaky clean. You may end up paying a bit more for these dishwasher detergents, but it’s worth avoiding dish duty, multiple times.

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