I know many of you are getting ready for Thanksgiving this week, so I’ll make this short and sweet. If, like me, you’re the type of person who washes your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and if like me, you’re the person responsible for washing the dishes, you’ll want to know my secret. (The fact that my dishwasher was manufactured sometime during the middle of The Cold War is the reason I wash the dishes before it does.)
To make cleanup easy for all those pots, pans, and casserole dishes that have baked on gunk, just add a tablespoon of fabric softener to the dish, then fill the rest with hot water and let it soak for a few minutes. You won’t need to scrub anything at all. If you don’t have fabric softener, hand lotion or hair conditioner work just as well, too. It softens the gunk and helps it pull off with minimal work by you.
Talk to me: Do you already utilize this trick when you wash dishes? Do you wash dishes before you put them in the dishwasher? Do you have any secrets that make cleanup easier? How old is the oldest appliance in your house?