Now some of you may be thinking who doesn’t know how to hand wash dishes? While others maybe thinking when will I ever have to know this? Well what happens if your dishwasher breaks? You can’t take them down to a dishmat and pay quarters to use their dishwashers. Nope, you are going to have to get down and dirty and wash them by hand. This is easier then you may think. Here is a step by step guide:

First clear all of the dishes out of the sink and wipe it clean with a wet wash cloth.

Then place the stopper in the sink to plug the sink and squirt in a good squeeze of dish soap (the liquid kind, not the kind you put in a dishwasher).

Scrape any leftover food into the trashcan to keep your water from getting gross.

Next fill the sink with really hot (as hot as you can stand putting your hands in) water, the hotter the better.

Stack some dishes in the hot water so they are submerged under the soapy water to soak (I recommend starting with the cleanest looking such as plates and cups then moving to the dirtiest such as pots and pans).

Dunk a wash cloth (if you sink was not dirty when you wiped it out you can use the same one) in the hot water and grab a dish from the water.

Rub the cloth over the entire surface of the dish while applying slight pressure. You should be able to get most of the food and grime off with just a few hearty swipes over the dish.

If some food gives you problems then set the dish back into the hot water to soak.

After cleaning a few other dishes return to the one you set aside and see if the food comes off easier. If not apply some elbow grease (scrub it off) with a scrub brush.

Run your hand over the dish under the hot water and see if you can feel anything left on it.

Once the dish is clean run it under hot water to rinse the soap off. You will be able to tell if a dish is clean by the way the water flows over it (any food left will disrupt the water flow and anything oily left will make shiny patterns in the water).

Stack the dishes on a towel so the water will run off and they will dry (i.e. turn cups upside down and don’t stack plates together.

Repeat this process with all of your dishes until they are all squeaky clean.

While the dishes dry pull the plug and drain your water. Make sure to catch any food in the strainer so it does not go down the drain. Empty the strainer and wipe out the sink so it is clean.

If you are so inclined you could wipe down your counters and stovetop to clean away any grime from cooking or just daily life.

Once the dishes have air dried you can place them in your cabinets and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.