After a great meal, there are plenty of dishes to be washed. In the best-case scenario, the dishwasher will do it. Otherwise, you can do it yourself. But even the dishwasher doesn't always accommodate everything. You can now run the dishwasher two (or more) cycles or you clear the dishwasher full of dishes, cutlery and glasses etc. and wash the large parts, such as pots and pans by hand, so the kitchen is clean again and ready for the next use!
When cleaning up after dinner, you'll be left with the large pans and pots for washing by hand, as they take up a lot of space in the dishwasher. Probably, the pan still needs to soak anyway, so that the cooking residues come off better.
So what equipment do you need to wash your dishes quickly and thoroughly?
You have probably already developed your own habits when it comes to washing up. There are many ways of doing it, some use more water, others less, either you have one or two sinks in your kitchen. In any case, you will need a mild dishwashing detergent to go with the water and a soft sponge or sponge cloth to be able to remove the dirt residue while not scratching the surface. Whether you fill your sink with water and put a few drops of dishwashing detergent there or put the dishwashing detergent directly on your wet, squeezed out sponge cloth is up to you. Either way, use the sponge cloth to thoroughly wipe the dirt from pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glasses, etc. Wipe over your dishes several times to clean them properly.
Tip: Soak pans or pots with persistent dirt residues beforehand.
Rinse with clear water
After washing up, thoroughly rinse the dishwater, any residual dirt, and any foam left over from the dishwashing liquid from your dishes.
Tip: Turn on your light above the sink while washing up and hold the washed items against the light. This will help you see any remaining dirt or grease film on your dishes.
After rinsing with clear water, put your dishes, pots, pans, etc either into your second sink or - as in most cases - onto a kitchen towel on your countertop.
TIP: The more absorbent your kitchen towel, the better it will absorb the run-off water and prevent the excess water from dripping off the countertop.
Then, using another clean kitchen towel, gradually take a dish and dry it carefully. (LINK zu unseren Küchentüchern)
If you put the dishes away now, it will look neat again. Now wipe your sink clean with a sponge cloth, remove any food residues on the sink strainer and stains in the sink. Now with your well absorbent kitchen towel zu unseren Küchentüchern wipe over it and your kitchen will shine brightly again.