National No Dirty Dishes Day

How many times have they sat in your kitchen sink? Stacked on top of each other becoming smellier and more disgusting by the hour? Instead of actually washing them, you simply add to the pile with more of them. We’re talking about dirty dishes. We all have them. In fact most of us produce them every day. But on May 18 which is National No Dirty Dishes Day, we at Workman’s Friend encourage you to consider a new way to do your dishes. The following are a few tips and tricks that may make this task a little more enjoyable.

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Simplifying Dish Washing

Instead of stacking your dirty dishes in the sink place them in a bin on your counter. That will free up space in your sink to actually allow you to do the dishes. Keep a clean dish bin in a part of your sink and when you’re ready to wash them all you have to do is add a dollop of soap and fill it with hot water. If you don’t have a washing bin for your sink, then plug your sink and fill it warm soapy water. Remember to apply a dollop of Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to your hands before you dip them in that soapy water. Our cream will protect them from the drying effect of doing dishes.

You should always start cleaning your least dirty dishes first. If you’ve got large pots or pans that are especially filthy fill them with soap and water and let them soak for a while. By the time you’re ready to clean them the caked-on grime will have lifted and be easier to remove. Begin by washing all drinking glasses that way any grease from pots and pans won’t transfer to the glasses. If you’re washing stemware make sure to lay a towel down on the bottom of the sink to ensure they don’t get scratched or damaged. Once you glassware is done, then move through your cutlery, plates, and bowls, and then onto the pots and pans.

Simplifying Dish Drying

The most important thing is to have drying towels always on hand. You can never have enough of them. Make sure they’re washed regularly and stored somewhere that is easily accessible. Invest in a drying rack. Whether you use an oven rack and place it over your sink, or buy one specifically made for dishes that sits to the side of your sink it will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend drying items. When drying your glasses and other stemware make sure you lay out a clean dish rag on your kitchen counter. Place the glasses upside down to allow them to dry completely. Don’t forget to wipe your glasses down with a towel once they’re dry to remove and water stains.

As always, before you start any kind of drying make sure you apply Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to your hands.

Other Ways to Celebrate

If doing dishes is something you absolutely loathe then why not celebrate this holiday in a completely different way. You could eat out. Head to a local restaurant and make your dirty dishes someone else’s problem for the day. Or you may want to take this opportunity to learn about environmentally friendly disposable dishware that is out there. Finally, if you don’t own a dishwasher, this holiday may be the perfect opportunity to consider buying one. This purchase may be the solution to your endless stacks of dirty dishes. But above all, as National No Dirty Dishes Day approaches no matter what dishwashing approach you take; don’t forget an application of our Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream. Your hands will be protected and hydrated while you get things clean. Happy dishwashing to all!


Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is light-weight and odorless product. Apply a dime-sized portion of our non-greasy, formula on each hand. Then rub them together to ensure the cream has been properly absorbed.

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