- Clean dishes help keep your family
- Dirty dishes carry germs and spread
- The kitchen looks better when it is not cluttered with dirty dishes.
GET DISHES READY FOR WASHING
After Cooking, Start Cleanup. Soak pots and pans when you empty them. This makes them easier to wash. Use hot water in greasy or sugary pans. Use cold water for soaking pans that have had milk, eggs, or flour in them.
Wipe up water or grease spilled on the floor or range.
After Eating, Follow a Cleanup Routine. Clear the table. Cover and put leftovers in the refrigerator. Put bread in a bread wrapper. Scrape dishes. Place scraps into a garbage container or down the garbage disposal.
Fill dishpan or sink with hot water. Put in some soap or detergent. The water should be as hot as your hands can take. Rubber gloves will protect your hands from the hot water and the detergent. Hot water helps get rid of grease on your dishes and gets dishes cleaner.
Prepare a sink or rinsing pan filled with hot water. (Fig. 1)
TO RINSE THE DISHES
- Rinse dishes in hot water in a pan or in one side of the double sink.
- Use rubber gloves to lift dishes out of the hot water. (Fig. 2)
- Then, rinse dishes in sanitizing rinse solution.
The chlorine solution kills microorganisms which can cause foodborne illness. This step is essential whenever food is served to the public.
TO FINISH THE DISHES
Let dishes air-dry, or dry them with a clean towel. Air drying is safest and easiest if the dishes are protected from dust, flies, and pets. While dishes dry, cover them with a clean, dry towel. (Fig. 3)
Put dishes into storage shelves and drawers.