Maybe you don’t have a dishwasher. You might only have a couple items to wash. It’s possible that you don’t think your machine cleans well enough. Certain items (like sharp knives and cutting boards) aren’t dishwasher-safe and require careful cleaning. Eventually, we’ll all need to know the best way to hand wash dishes. 

We’re here to provide expert cleaning tips to do it quickly and effectively. And if you’re looking for the easiest dishwasher hacks, we’ve got you covered there, too!

The 6 Steps to Washing Dishes by Hand

Just like any household cleaning procedure, there’s absolutely a correct order for washing dishes. And this makes perfect sense, since you don’t want to leave soapy residue on dishes. 

1.  Prep Dishes

Immediately after using the dish, remove large pieces of leftover food by scraping or wiping it into the garbage, in a compost bin, or down the garbage disposal (with running water). Use a rubber spatula on nonstick cookware and other dishes that could scratch. No one wants dishes with baked-on food stains (or insects in their sink)!

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If your dishes or cookware have stubborn, stuck-on pieces of food, soak them before washing. Add a teaspoon of Puracy Natural Dish Soap to your plugged sink, dishpan, or a larger piece of cookware (with ½ teaspoon dish soap). 

Fill with hot water, place your dishes in the solution, and soak for 15-30 minutes. Drain and proceed with Step 2.

2. Start Scrubbing

Fill your sink/dishpan with clean, hot water and a teaspoon of Puracy Natural Dish Soap. Stack a few dishes in the sink at a time – avoid overcrowding. 

The best place to start is by washing sharp knives and delicate items one-by-one, drying them immediately with a clean towel. Don’t submerge them under a layer of bubbles or you may be facing potential breakage and dangerous injuries. 

Next, reach for the items that aren’t as soiled (e.g. glasses, cups, silverware),  followed by plates and bowls, then cookware. Keep items submerged in the water as you scrub, pulling each one out a few times to check for missed spots. If the water becomes greasy, the suds disappear, or water gets too cool, you can drain the water and start over as many times as necessary. 

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Avoid Sponges When You Can 

Because sponges are the #1 germiest surface in the house, it’s best to avoid using them if possible. Instead, we recommend investing in an OXO dishwashing brush (with a built-in soap reservoir) or simply using a fresh dishrag for extra-delicate surfaces. 

4: Rinse Dishes 

If you have a dual sink basin, rinse off the suds as you go. Pass the item under the aeration setting on your faucet (instead of a shower jet) using lukewarm water. Turn it a few times to ensure that all surfaces (especially interiors) are thoroughly washed away. 

Before setting it on the dish rack or wiping it with a towel, shake the dish (especially bottles and bowl-shaped items) to remove excess water. 

Pro tip: Rinsing with lukewarm water is easier on hands and uses less energy. What’s more, steam doesn’t form on the interiors of glasses and bowls when you leave them to dry facedown on a flat towel. 

5. Dry Dishes

There are a couple of methods that work. The most obvious is placing items in a dish-drying rack to air dry.

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Due to their extra padding, Puracy’s luxe microfiber towels are fantastic at absorbing residual water. This works especially well with glasses and silverware (which can become spotted or filmed as they air dry). If the towel becomes damp or dirty, switch to a new, dry one. 

Pro tip: A separate cloth should be used to dry cookware that contains any traces of grease.

6. Finish up 

When you’re finished washing your dishes, rinse and wipe down the sink or dishpan. Rinse and shake out the water in your dish scrubber. Throw your dishrags and microfiber towels in the washing machine. 

Does My Dish Soap Matter? 

Harsh conventional dish soap can dry out more than just your hands: It can also dry out wooden items (like cutting boards and utensils) and damage other more delicate materials like silver and hammered copper. In fact, many kitchen-related items with specialty finishes require “mild” detergents like ours. 

Is Washing Dishes Bad for Hands?

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Most conventional dish detergents will dry out your skin if you use them without gloves. We developed Puracy Natural Dish Soap to not only break up tough food stains, but to also leave hands feeling moisturized. In fact, in a pinch, you could wash most of your body (minus your face) with this extremely gentle, sulfate-free formula. 

The Benefits of Puracy Dish Soap 

One of our original products, Puracy Dish Soap was created to be extremely effective on food stains and incredibly gentle on skin. In addition to being non-toxic, plant-based formula, this dish soap is: 

Multiple Uses

This hyper-concentrated formula (you only need a teaspoon for a full sink of dishes) is one of the most versatile Puracy products. A few drops of this dish soap and warm water can clean hundreds of items through your home, from hardwood floors to your upholstered furniture.

Fewer Streaks

bio friendly dish soap

Our dish soap “sheets” water, meaning that you’ll have far fewer water droplets to dry off.  This leads to a clean, streak-free finish. Reducing the appearance of hard water deposits is especially important if you have hard water in your home. 

Safe for the Environment

Many dish soaps won't fully biodegrade in the environment, yet our 99.96% natural formula does so in 28 days or less, is a healthy option for aquatic life, and is safe for septic or grey water systems. 

A Small Bottle Goes a Long Way 

A single bottle of this ultra-concentrated liquid cleans a whopping 160 sinks full of dishes. When you purchase 64-ounce Natural Dish Soap refills, you’ll help save 90% on plastic, energy, and water use. Even better, this larger pouch saves 26% per fluid ounce.  

Our Dish Soap Has Received 2,000+ 5-Star Reviews

There’s clearly a lot to love about Puracy Dish Soap. Try it in three fresh-smelling scents: Green Tea & Lime, Organic Lemongrass, and Citrus & Sea Salt.