Washing the dishes isn’t exactly something we look forward to. Tedious as it may be, however, there are a few ways to enhance the experience so that you don’t dread it as much after a long day.
Here’s how to streamline the dishwashing process and, who knows, maybe even have a little fun along the way.
1. Get your gloves on
Sometimes, washing the dishes is just plain nasty. So when you find yourself with a particularly dirty or greasy stack, reach for a trusty pair of rubber gloves. Not only does it save you getting your hands dirty, but it also protects your skin as well as giving you a better grip on slippery items like dinner plates.
2. Choose naturally fragranced soaps
The products you use to do the dishes should clean them effectively as well as making them smell amazing. Choose your favourite scent so that the experience almost becomes an aromatherapy session. Make sure to choose naturally fragranced products. Those with artificial perfumes tend to be laced with harsh chemicals. We recommend Euca’s Dish Washing Liquid Concentrate with Lemon Myrtle & Tea Tree Oils, whose bracing aroma bracing aroma is 100% natural.
3. Clean as you go
Don’t be that person who lets dishes pile up for days before tackling them. Not only will this make the chore so much more daunting, but it will end up requiring more elbow grease, too. If you leave food scraps and remnants to harden and stick to the surface of your pots, pans and dishes, you’ll need a hammer and chisel to remove them (not quite, but you get the picture). Save your future self some hardship and wash your dishes as you go. This way, most foods will glide off with a rinse of warm water – no vigorous scrubbing necessary.
4. Make it a bonding opportunity
Rather than slaving over the sink alone, make it a team effort. Take a factory line approach whereby one person washes, the second person dries and the third puts away. Not only does the job get finished more quickly, but it also gives you an opportunity to catch up with your family members or roommates about their day. This is also a great way to add little chores for children, especially during school holidays.
5. Find a system that works
Every job can be streamlined – even something as menial as doing the dishes. So find a way that makes it as easy and efficient as possible. For example, rather than awkwardly stacking your wet dishes atop one another, use a dishrack so that they can be neatly arranged and air dry in the process.
6. Keep yourself entertained
What’s stopping you from jamming to your favourite music or tuning into a gripping podcast while you work your way through the dishes? Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say.
7. Unwind while washing dishes
Some people find cleaning therapeutic. It offers an opportunity to relax in times of stress. Have a meditative moment at the sink and practice deep breathing as you calmly work through the dishes. Since this job requires very little brain power, it’s easy to switch off.
8. Make the switch to eco-friendly dishwashing products
Last but certainly not least, make sure you’re using the right products. A good dishwashing liquid can do much of the hard work for you, effortlessly cutting through grease and grime while eliminating any germs or nasties. Make sure to choose eco-friendly, biodegradable products too. As mentioned previously, Euca’s Dish Washing Liquid Concentrate with Lemon Myrtle & Tea Tree Oils is made with natural, organic ingredients that are kind to the environment but tough on dirt. Its concentrated formula means a little goes a very long way too, reducing packaging waste and getting you more bang for your buck.
OK, so maybe we exaggerated in the title. Washinig the dishes is never going to be fun for most people, but it can certainly be made less mundane with the right attitude, processes and products. Speaking of which, if you’re looking for a cleaning range that is sustainable, efficient, and made-in-Australia, check out Euca. We have everything you need to keep your household spick and span the natural way. All of our products are manufactured with care in our state-of-the-art Melbourne facility, so by choosing Euca you are supporting local. To shop our full catalogue, visit our online store today at www.eucaonline.com.au.