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Drying Dishes Poll

Poll #1965949 Manual dish washing poll

If / when you wash dishes by hand, how do you dry them?

Dry each item with a tea towel immediately after washing it, one at a time.
Put them on a rack until you've finished washing everything, then dry them with a tea towel.
Leave them on a rack to dry naturally.
Rinse them under the tap them put them in a rack to dry naturally.
Rinse them under the tap then dry them with a tea towel.



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Apr. 26th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Not always the same thing. Could have done this if check boxes but not radio buttons.
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Put them in a dishwasher.
Press button on dishwasher.
Open dishwasher when it goes beep.
If dishes not dry then leave them alone until they are.
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
I did say "by hand" because yes, dishwashers. How did our ancestors manage without them?
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
It was a hard, desperate life, full of arduous work and chapped fingers.
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Apr. 27th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
That's quite neat!
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Also, I do hope you're not trying to win an argument with a poll. That rarely goes well :->
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
You're right. This isn't to win an argument, but I won't explain the context until more people have answered.
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
I can't tell what you meant by the two "leave them on the rack to dry naturally" versions. I wash them in a basin, leave them in the a basin for rinsing, then when the rinse basin starts to fill up I run the tap in the (previously empty) rinse basin and rinse things one at a time, filling up the rinse basin as a way to do a first pass or rinsing whateer else is in there, but the final rinse is under the tap.

Then I stack them as high as my engineering skills will allow so that I never ever have to hand dry anything.

Edited at 2014-04-26 10:20 pm (UTC)
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
No, I meant I didn't see the difference between rinsing and not rinsing. Did you mean skipping washing? Or washing without rinsing? I wash, then rinse, then leave in the drainer.

I prefer this style:

Apr. 27th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
The key difference is whether you rinse off the soapy water with clean water before you either dry with a tea towel or leave to dry naturally.
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
I wash and dry my knives and put them away immediately after I've finished using them.
Everything else stays on the dish rack till it's dry.
Apr. 27th, 2014 06:54 am (UTC)
Depends. When we're visiting my parents, who have no dishwasher, washing up is a sociable, two-player game, with one person washing, and the other drying each item with a tea towel almost as soon as it gets washed. There is no draining rack. If player 2 is slow turning up, player 1 will start propping items up against each other (plates against mugs etc.) so they drain at least a little bit before player 2 arrives with a tea towel and joins in. If player 2 still doesn't arrive, player 1 will carry on washing until the draining board is full or all items are washed, whatever comes first, then start drying things with a tea towel and putting them away, in the hope that player 2 will hear the sound of cupboards opening, and will come rushing in guiltily to take over.

At home, dishwashing by hand is generally only done when doing a big cooking session, when we end up with more big pots and pans that will fit in our small dishwasher. In this case, they're washed and left propped up on the draining board, where they usually dry naturally, unless we run out of space or need one of the bowls immediately. Again, there is no draining rack.
Apr. 27th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC)
I might wash, rinse and leave to dry, or wash, rinse and dry with teatowel, depending on the occasion. I *think* I always rinse, although I do try to use the minimum possible washing up liquid, so occasionally if drying with a teatowel i might not rinse.

Dishwashers, of course, cover everything in 'rinse aid', which can be a detectable odour/flavour, but worth it for the reduced amount of work...

Apr. 27th, 2014 08:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I know one should rinse and then leave to drain, because tea towels are rife with *germs*, but (never having had a dishwasher) I've always immediately racked (sometimes overnight) and towelled, and I'm still here, and relatively healthy.
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
I ticked "wash, rack then tea towel" as the one I did yesterday, but "wash" includes rinse, and they quite often get to air dry before the tea towel gets to touch them.
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
I should add that every time I wrote "dishwasher" in the above comment, it initially came out as "fishwasher." I think the world would be a brighter and more comical place if every household possessed a dedicated fishwasher. Presumably one would also need several fishtowels as well.
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:09 am (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
Depending on the amount of dishes...

small amount: wash, then leave on rack to dry naturally.

large amount: wash, put on rack to drip, dry some of what's on rack when space required, repeat.

And also on the number of people taking part. If there's both the better half and I, then one of us will wash, and the other will dry.
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
It depends upon help available and size of dish rack but I'd say in general its, rinse under tap, followed by dry naturally for at least a few seconds so the worst of the drips fall off and the tea towel doesn't end up sodden immediately. Then either dry as we go (if there are two of us) or stop washing and dry once the dish rack is full if there is only one of us. The final "batch" generally gets left to dry without assistance.
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