How to Wash Dishes

10 easy steps for perfecting your dish cleaning routine

After enjoying a slap-up meal it can be tempting to sit back and leave the dishes until tomorrow. However, with these straightforward pieces of advice, doing your washing up can be done quickly and effectively.


Do you find dirty plates piling up faster than you can deal with them? Does the thought of dunking your hands in baked bean-riddled water fill you with dread?

Well, fear no more – there’s a fool proof method to washing dishes that is both effective and hassle free, meaning you will be free to spend your post-dinner time relaxing and basking in the glow of a job well done…

How to take the hassle out of washing your dishes
1. Use one of a variety of Fairy Liquids for cleaning, such as Fairy Original. There’s a reason why Fairy has been a firm family favourite for more than 50 years. Thanks to its special formula, it provides tough food cleaning and battles through grease. It has been proven to last up to 50% longer than the next best-selling brand, helping you save money.

2. Fill your sink/dishpan with hot water, pouring a little Fairy under the running water to create lots of dirt-fighting bubbles. Fairy’s grease cutting power will ensure your dishes are cleaned properly and the hot water will soak into stubborn food, making it easier to remove.

3. Use the right tools. A dish brush or sponge scourer will allow you to clean your dishes properly. Some people opt to wear gloves when washing up, which can allow you to use even hotter water than you would otherwise be able to.

4. Start with your glasses as they will benefit most from the warmest and cleanest water, which will also evaporate quicker and reduce spots and watermarks.

5. Be sure to invest in a dish rack – these can be bought cheaply and allows excess water and bubbles to drain off dishes as well as making organising the drying dishes easier.

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6. Once the washing process is complete, try to wipe your dishes clean with a cotton tea towel. While it can be tempting to let them drip-dry, this can leave watermarks and residue in items such as cups or mugs.

How to effectively use your dishwasher
Having a dishwasher can be a great time saver – but it’s vital you use it smartly to get the full benefit of it…

1. Brush off any large remains of food as this will help avoid blockages in the cleaning cycle and should help you achieve a dazzling shine on your dishes.

2. Arrange your dishes in your dishwasher sensibly. Poor organisation when loading your dishwasher will lead to an ineffective wash.

3. Pop a Fairy Platinum capsule in the tablet slot. The special liquid top will not only clean your dishes brilliantly it will also battle the grease and grime present inside your dishwasher, helping the machine do its job effectively.

Fairy Platinum capsules are the only dishwasher product to include triple liquid action. This means they are specially developed to power through tough, stubborn residues, so you can confidently stack your pots and pans alongside your plates and still get brilliant results.

4. Choose your cycle carefully. You don’t always need to go for the setting that could take barnacles off the hull of a boat. Because Fairy Platinum dishwasher tablets are very effective, you can often use the ‘economy’ cycle or equivalent as Platinum tablets are effective even on a short wash.

There you go – thanks to Fairy, washing your dishes needn’t be a time-consuming chore to be put off until tomorrow.

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