HOW TO WASH UP BY HAND

Use a washing-up bowl if you’re tackling more than a few items. This will save effort and water. Wear rubber gloves if you want to protect your hands.

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Begin by scraping leftover scraps into the bin, then rinse the worst residue off plates, pots, pans and cutlery in the empty sink and stack to one side. Place the washing-up bowl in the sink, add a squirt of good quality washing-up liquid and fill with hot water. When the bowl is full but not overflowing, turn off the tap and begin to wash the dirty items with a washing-up brush, sponge or dish cloth.

Rinse items once they are clean with warm or lukewarm water (which should be directed into the sink, away from the bowl). Keeping warmth in the water helps the items to dry quicker. When you’re done, wash the bowl inside and out with soapy water.

TOP TIPS

• Put dirty cutlery at the bottom of the bowl as you’re running the water. It should be easier to clean once it has soaked a little.

• Start to wash china first with a washing-up brush, sponge or dish cloth, using the stream of hot tap water.

• To prevent breakages, wash glassware separately using cooler water.

• Change the water when it gets dirty and add more washing-up liquid as necessary.

• Stubbornly stained oven dishes can be soaked and cleaned with scouring pads – but use a sofer sponge if they’re the non-stick variety. Use very hot water for this to cut through grease.

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