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What is the correct order to wash up by hand?

13 replies

LittleFairySmile · 26/03/2008 22:27


Glasses first, cooking pans last.

I do that, but is there more to it?

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suwoo · 26/03/2008 22:30

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

suwoo · 26/03/2008 22:30

Ooh that crossing out didn't work too well.

suwoo · 26/03/2008 22:31

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

liahgen · 26/03/2008 22:32

is there an order?

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

PortAndLemon · 26/03/2008 22:32

Plates and bowls
Serving dishes if any
Pots and pans

suwoo · 26/03/2008 22:32


Beetroot · 26/03/2008 22:34

gin and tonic first

LyraSilvertongue · 26/03/2008 22:36

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 · 26/03/2008 22:36

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 · 26/03/2008 22:58

Just what I thought - cheers guys!

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Katisha · 26/03/2008 23:00

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

2GIRLS · 28/03/2008 22:18

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.

Remotew · 28/03/2008 22:21

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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