If you hand wash dishes do you let them dry in a rack or do you use a towel to dry and place back into your cabinets?
I let it dry but NO drying rack, only on a nice tea towel that you can remove easily to let it dry.
As a teenager, I worked at a local restaurant and towel drying dishes was not allowed under the health regulations. I told my mother that but it still didn't get me out of towel drying at home! I most definitely air dry now!
i've been having to do dishes outside this past week....i'm air drying on lawn furniture these days. lol
I put towel dry, but what I mean by that is put a towel on the counter and lay the items on it to dry lol
If just a a couple of glasses and cups, in the dish rack, but a little more, I have cotton Tea towels. I am particular about the tea towels I use though.
Air dry on a dish rack. I hate the look of the dish rack which is almost always left out but it's definitely the most practical option since I'm washing the odd thing throughout the day. I recently heard, on public radio, that dishwashers get your dishes cleaner but hand washing is actually better for you. Yes, believe it or not, our bodies need germs!
Why do only Italians have hanging drying racks over the sink, hidden behind cabinet doors ? It is so handy !
I just moved into a little house from a big one. I didn't have a dish washer in the big house, said I prefered to hand wash. I am a widow and don't have allot of dishes. But now here I am with a dishwasher after years without. I LOVE MY DISHWASHER. I put everything in it all day long, and wash just before I go to bed. . . I cook more often because I don't have a big job to wash up. . . it's great.
i only towel dry the things i need to use again right away; everything else dries on the rack.
Drip dry and then put away before going to bed, Tea towels seem to be used for everything but the dishes.
Agreeing with carol rose: Yes, wear gloves and FIRST wash glass items and stainless flatware in hot water. They steam dry on the rack in 5 minutes. That gives you enough time to be washing the plastics. Put up the glass items right then, rinse and place plastics in rack. At least there are fewer items in the rack.
I love my dishes and I love to hand wash them and dry them with pretty towels that hang on a rack!
I let them air dry, sometimes hubby dries them, but I prefer to let them dry by themselves.
There are just two of us in the home, and we don't cook a lot. The kitchen is on the smaller side with a large single-basin sink, and I don't like stuff on the counters; so a rack wouldn't work (no space to store the rack when not being used). Usually I hand-wash then air-dry on a towel overnight or in the dishwasher which is usually only run once every week or two.
Air dry only! Proper handling of dishes notifications in commercial kitchens always says to air dry for sanitary reasons!
Nothing shocked a roomful of kids more than when I mentioned we don't have a dishwasher. - brought the lesson to a halt. I hand dry dishes in my small kitchen so I have some flat space to look at. While washing, it's a good time to think, or talk to the person who is drying.
There isn't much that I don't put in the dishwasher, but when I do hand wash I use a drying mat and let them air dry.
I LOVE my drying mat. My downsized condo is wonderful, but there's not enough room for a dishwasher. No problem. The drying mat is perfect for one to two people; any more and i pull out the rack.
I only hand-wash when something is STUCK on the dish which didn't come off in my dishwasher. I air-dry when that happens.
I hand wash everything then use the dishwasher as a drying rack[with the door slightly open] .....more hygienic than towel drying & the kitchen stays tidy!
Don't have dishwasher, hate unsanitary racks...use a towel on the counter instead of rack, hang towel to dry between uses, throw towel in wash every few days and get another. Use vinegar in the dish/rinse water to help with hard-water problems.
You could also wash the rack with vinegar.
I've tried a lot of things in my life but found the simplest is to place a towel on the counter, and put the washed/rinsed dishes on the towel to dry.
That's TRUE but the dishwasher SHOULD dry them.
At the cottage, my hubbie lined a cabinet directly over the sink with stainless steel and put in small drain holes, and drying racks. Perfection.
I actually do both. It just depends.
Always hand wash our dishes and usually let them air dry in a drying rack, but when there are more dishes than will fit in the rack, I towel dry (or when company's coming and I want the counter to be clean).
Why dry when the air can do the work?
As someone who's collected depression era and older glassware for much of my life - and I'm one who USES it - I have rarely owned or wanted a dishwasher (which destroys the finish of older glassware). Always hand-washed and air-dried.
Ha I place them in the dishwasher ( used as my drying rack ) out of sight !!
But also out of reach.
Air dry on a drying mat.
I don't hand wash much either, only a few large items and I always let them dry by themselves.
I hand wash all my knives and all my glassware because we have super soft water and glassware will etch in the dishwasher - no matter which soap I use. I hand wash just like Martha Stewart. Hot water, dish soap, little vinegar, rinse in super hot water. I let them air dry on a special towel that allows air circulation.
Since my dishwasher has an issue right now - the detergent door is not functioning - I use my dishwasher as a drying rack. If I want to sanitize further after hand washing I can use the sani-rinse and heated dry cycles. The cost of having the dispenser replaced is not worth it on an 11 year old dishwasher. When we get new counter tops in the next year or so the dishwasher will be changed out as well.
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I have to go with drying as some utensils and even wooden chopping boards either will form rust or mold if not dried straight away. Cups and glasses I don't mind leaving to dry on a rack, but the rest has to be dried. Plus, I hate seeing a collection of pots on sink, I like to leave it ready for next wash.
Air drying is much more sanitary. Towels are magnets for bacteria, and are best used for cleaning spills.
What doesn't go into the dishwasher would get hand dried. I can't stand stuff being left on the countertops.
Air dry if it looks organize and won't affect, Towel dry if you need to have the space free.
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