I love the passion that everyone has for the mundane in our lives. The strict “rules” and “guidelines” that we set upon ourselves and that we adhere to day in, day out. The sharing and the conversations started by these posts warm the very cockles of my household heart.
Today, I bring you, the washing up.
My father renovated the house he lives in a few years ago and while the rest of the house got the fancy treatment, he decided to keep the kitchen without a dishwasher. I know. He thinks it’s social and fun washing up together, post meal. I think he’s crazy. The pots and pans post dinner are enough for me, I certainly don’t need to throw glasses and plates into the mix. Needless to say, whenever I am staying there, I take full control of the procedure, because you are either a washer or a wiper, and I? Am most definitely a washer. I like full control of matters and the washer needs that when washing an entire meal up. I like to wipe down my benches before hand. I like to stack in correct order ready for the the washing. I like to instruct my dryer upperer and I most definitely do not like it when things are sent back to me.
My order goes a little like this. OK, exactly like this:
1. Hot, soapy (I like the bubbles), sudsy water. No gloves. Preferably a stick scourer thingy with the dish washing liquid dispenser. Scourers, you know those round metal ones? Make me shiver. I just don’t like them. They are NO GOOD.
2. Glasses first. Of course. DER.
3. Glasses MUST be rinsed in hot water
4. Cutlery thrown into the bottom of the sink to soak
5. Plates next (no rinsing required)
6. Ceramic dishes and or mixing bowls used in meal prep and or cooking
7. Cutlery out
8. Pots and Pans
I will also point out that at point 6 there may need to be a change of water at that time. Particularly if there has been a messy, saucy dinner. This is just good practice.
I will hand to the dryer who SHOULD know where things are put away, if there are any items that they are unsure of they should be placed on the clean, wiped down bench that you prepped in the pre wash circumstances control. They can then be put away by the washer ONCE, and only once the sink has been wiped down. Under no circumstances whatsoever should the sink be attempted to, or wiped down by anyone OTHER than the washer. It’s their prerogative and right as washer to wipe down and get full joy from the process. I then like to put away, wipe benches again (to take away any residual water left from items) and I then move to mood lighting in the kitchen. In my kitchen, it’s a lamp on the bench because no one needs the halogen lights on unnecessarily, but if you don’t have a lamp, I recommend the light on above the stove. It’s subtle. It’s just plain nice. And it’s says “I’ve done this job, and I’ve done this job WELL.”
Let’s open this up people. Go!