Monthly Archives: May 2015

Top Tips for Washing Up the Dishes

dish washingSometimes we like to go back to basics with our blogs here at Budget Maids, so this time we are focusing on washing up!

For those of you not lucky enough to own a dish-washer, washing up is usually a daily chore. Of course, you can choose to leave dishes stacking up in the sink encrusted with food but if the hygiene aspect doesn’t get to you, how about this food for thought… there is a connection between clutter and over-eating so keeping a neat and tidy home could provide you with that little bit of extra help to lose weight.

Anyway, here are our top tips for washing up.

First of all, it is best to wash your dishes in temperatures of approximately 60 degrees C so that you are able to get rid of all the germs and bugs. Hot temperatures and soapy water can dry out your skin, so wear washing up gloves every time to protect your hands.

You may have a dishwasher, but it’s best to wash glasses by hand as well, to prevent breakages. Wash glasses first (before you start on the dinner plates or dirty pots) and wash in very hot water. You only need to apply only small amounts of foam to the rim and bottom of the glass and make sure you rinse them well in hot water, drying them afterwards with a lint-free cloth for best results.

Silver cutlery also responds better to hand-washing, although you can wash silver cutlery in the dishwasher (but make sure that you don’t put it in the same basket as stainless steel cutlery).

A good washing-up liquid will remove most dirt and grease, but for a little extra help with burnt-on food, put baking soda onto a scouring pad and rub the burnt on food with this before washing with hot water and washing up liquid.

For mugs or cups with coffee or tea stains on them, rub the mug or cup with half a lemon before washing with soap and hot water. The lemon juice should help shift stains easily.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a maid service in Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure washing up is problem-free?