Washing up

This has nothing whatsoever to do with cricket, no, if I was thinking of writing on the 3rd test in Perth, titles such as “Washed up” or “Beached” would be more appropriate.

As I helped out with the chores earlier today, a thought crossed my mind, when it comes to washing up I’m very much of the chuck ’em all in and I’ll clean ’em as they surface! (Or if they remain stubbornly submerged, as I get to ’em.)

Now Mrs S, has the lot on one side and washes them in order, I’m sure that there’s a logical system of some sorts but I never hang around to find out!

So, my question to colleagues is. Are you like me, chuck the lot together and clean each item haphazardly or do you have a system?

8 thoughts on “Washing up”

  1. Why don’t you have a dishwasher?
    Not that I have ever put fine china or glass through them as they wreck both in due course!
    Curiously here a few years ago they changed the composition of various detergents to stop phosphates getting into drinking water. The new ones are very good for the environment but not too good at cleaning!
    I had to buy a new dishwasher a couple of years ago and the USA ones are pretty bloody basic so I bought a Miele at 5x the price. Not even that does much of a job with the allowable detergents though.
    Piling stuff in the sink is a recipe for chipped and cracked china. I’s surprised the wife didn’t get on your tail!
    I swear men commit this kind of act of vandalism so that they won’t be asked to help a second time!!!

  2. Ha ha

    Actually we do have one, (a dishwasher that is) the manual tells me that it’s a Bosch 56000 31597 (7902) F24.

    I stopped using it when the printing and patterns started to fade on crockery and other kitchen items, particularly a favorite coffee mug to be precise.

    Today’s also a public holiday here, the staff are off, so I thought that I’d give a hand 😉

  3. Yes, they bugger up gold rims too. Not that I have ever put the Royal Doulton through the dishwasher!!
    I use an oven to table china everyday that takes the chemical beating just fine. No good using a china that has the pattern over the glaze, must be fired in heftily to protect it.
    Mind you I wouldn’t be without it. The industrial quantity of cooking here generates the bloody thing running full time, especially at the moment cooking up a storm for desserts for 20 on Christmas Eve and then a dozen plus for Christmas Day, we are splitting between two venues this year.
    Must go and get on with it!

  4. Of course there has to be a system, Soutie. Fine china and glass, generally lightly soiled, must be washed first before you stick greasy plates or pots in the sink. One of my daughters-in-law did bung everything in together and broke a good crystal glass – but she’s never done that since.

  5. I have an immutable rule. No-one but no-one is allowed to wash either the Doulton or Waterford in my house. I have managed to keep the sets intact for 40 years and five times over the Atlantic. Only the boy was allowed to help, husbands are banned from even clearing the table. Guests are actively dissuaded too.
    We have one elderly neighbour who waves her hands about and knocks over glasses regularly. I use the 99c party ones when she comes rather than the $100+ and the everyday unbreakable oven to tableware!!!
    Better than getting indigestion watching her!
    Don’t know quite why I am so protective of it as I have no one to leave it to, but it has just become a habit over the years. I use it regularly as a matter of principle. I have so many sets of china I have to rotate them.
    I have n sets from spousal unit’s mother too, quite ridiculous, she had rather good taste.
    I always wash it all the next morning, much safer after ‘looking upon the wine’ the night before.
    I can quite see why it has gone out of fashion with the young, the expense, the hand washing, the silver dipping, all a bit of an effort if you have to work and have no household help.

  6. Ha ha Mrs O, I know the feeling. My mother in law is down this week for the holidays, she generally brakes a wine glass or two on every visit.

    Sheona, yes, I understand your system but when I’m in the kitchen I’m a sort of “wash-as-you-go” type.

  7. My washing up tips:
    a. avoid it
    b. if unavoidable, consign everyting to the dishwasher, warning ‘Er Indoors that fine glass and china are ‘er problem.
    c. empty dishwasher only under duress on the grounds of ignorance where everything lives.
    d. hide

  8. Delegate that task to the younger generation so that they know how to do it, with strict instructions –

    Glasses first.
    Clear off the fat from greasy items with kitchen paper, and then scald out with boiling water, before trying to wash them up…. re-fresh the water as frequently as needed.
    Part of the washing-up task is cleaning the washing up bowl afterwards and wiping down all surfaces, leaving the plughole free of debris.

    All items for the dishwasher should be free of lumps of food debris which may block the filters etc.


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