What's the best method for washing dishes by hand? Tips, tricks and product suggestions for the dishwashing process using a double sink (and no dishwasher in sight).
I have a suspicion that there is a more efficient way of washing dishes than I currently do it. I've seen this question
but I have a double-sink and the question was specific to single, so the answers don't really seem to apply to my situation.
My current method:
Generally the dishes will be soaking in one side of the sink in hot soapy water, then I'll scrub each dish with a soap-dispensing brush and put them in the other, empty side of the sink, doing them in order of how they'll stack in the dish rack. I'll rinse after my pile of scrubbed dishes gets unwieldy and stack in this fancy dishrack here
(I have a drying mat if there's overflow), then move on to the rest of the dishes in same way based on what stacks where in the dish rack. I don't rinse each and every item and leave the water running because it seems wasteful, hence why I do them in batches (I do rinse the brush frequently). I have a bottle brush and a sponge with an abrasive side, and I use baking soda on my pots and pans to remove gunk. I dry big items like my pots/pans and all knives right away with a microfiber towel instead of taking up space on the dish rack. I also scrub the sink out with baking soda and soap at least once a day so it stays relatively clean.
Other background info, we cook a lot so we end up with a lot of dirty dishes despite our best efforts; we've limited the amount of dishes we own to prevent our lazy selves from the temptation to not wash anything until the cupboards are empty and we do re-use glasses for awhile before declaring them ready to be washed. We're great at soaking dishes so nothing gets dried on. A dishwasher isn't an option for us.
I'm not looking for pre
-dishwashing tips, but tips from folks who wash lots of dishes by hands on what the fastest methods are and tools you like. Maybe there isn't a better method than what I've got, but since I dread this task I hope there is!