What is the correct order to wash up by hand?

(14 Posts)
LittleFairySmile Wed 26-Mar-08 22:27:58


Glasses first, cooking pans last.

I do that, but is there more to it?

suwoo Wed 26-Mar-08 22:30:06

I know this because I am a sadsackofshit-- good housewife. Its the order in which things 'touch your mouth'. So cutlery and cups/glasses first and then plates etc and pans last. Try telling DH though hmm

suwoo Wed 26-Mar-08 22:30:52

Ooh that crossing out didn't work too well.

suwoo Wed 26-Mar-08 22:31:58

Testing my crossing out...sad sack of shit. Fingers crossed.

liahgen Wed 26-Mar-08 22:32:07

is there an order? shock

It's not how dh and kids balance stuff on counter, and whichever is likely to fall first goes in first then??

PortAndLemon Wed 26-Mar-08 22:32:12

Plates and bowls
Serving dishes if any
Pots and pans

suwoo Wed 26-Mar-08 22:32:42


Beetroot Wed 26-Mar-08 22:34:27

gin and tonic first

LyraSilvertongue Wed 26-Mar-08 22:36:33

Def glasses first, pans last. My ex-dp used to wash pans first, so we'd end up with greasy glasses. He'd also tip old coffee etc into the wash water so it was very dirty, very quickly.

zippitippitoes Wed 26-Mar-08 22:36:49

glasses cutlery cups or mugs side plates then cleanest first fo other dishes and plates then pots and greasy dishes last by which time you may have changed the water anyway

LittleFairySmile Wed 26-Mar-08 22:58:20

Just what I thought - cheers guys!

Katisha Wed 26-Mar-08 23:00:45

I remember my Girl Guide Handbook being very clear about this. PortAndLemon musthave been a patrol leader.

2GIRLS Fri 28-Mar-08 22:18:44

It's not very green, but I wash any dishes by hand under running water so it doesn't matter what order you do it in.

abouteve Fri 28-Mar-08 22:21:57

Back in the 70's we were taught this in Domestic Science. Just what you and everyone else has said. Glassware, Cutlery, Plates, Pans last.

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