How to Make Doing Dishes Easier

Let’s face it, doing dishes is a mundane task done so many times, you feel like you would rather do just about anything else but wash another dish or scrub another crusty, gross pot, pan or cooking utensil. Doing dishes is not a fun task. I have been scrubbing dishes for so many years. I have earned the title, “dishpan hands champ”.

My youngest child even hates doing dishes despite having a new dishwasher. It’s a chore. It’s a bore.

There are ways to make doing dishes easier, faster and more fun:

Wash those scummy dishes right away! Do what my mother in law does; she scrubs the dishes as soon as a meal is done. Literally! As she tells people to “take your time,” she whisks the still warm plates and bowls off the table into a warm sudsy bath awaiting her ultra clean dishes. She never has to scrub three day old putrefied stains and scum off her dishes.

Purchase paper plates,and paper bowls. Utilizing paper plates makes doing the dishes easier. You will have less dishes to wash every day, thus enabling your daily dish washing tasks to lighten up. Yes, you will have more garbage to throw away, and there will be more waste in the world, but you are helping the economy grow, and supplying jobs for people. Country dwellers can use paper plates to start a nightly outside fire to gaze at the stars.

Wash those dirty dishes after every meal. For people who lead super busy lives, with getting kids to activities, do the dishes at least once a day. Make doing dishes every day a major priority. Delegate doing dishes every day. Alternate family members by having one person do dishes on certain days of the week. Team family members up with oldest child and youngest child washing dishes together.

Make doing dishes easier by turning up the tunes to your favorite music, enjoying listening to whatever you enjoy while performing the most mundane task in the house, besides scrubbing toilets. Listen to classical music, jazz, eighties tunes or dance to the blues while scrubbing your troubles away.

Multitask! Do the dishes while doing something else. Help the kids with their homework. Place a load of laundry into the clothes washer and run back to the kitchen to wash the dishes.

Buy a dishwasher that does most of the work for you, or go out to eat every night. You can also perform the bachelor method of eating; stand at the sink and stuff your face. But you can’t serve a Thanksgiving meal that way, and the kids will only argue on who gets to eat over the sink tonight.