11 Unexpected Things I Learned From the Marie Kondo of Dishwashing
There's an art (and joy) to preparing a meal, but also to putting it all away.
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Sarah August 27, 2021
my fav part of this article is when he said the dish towel is the "scarf of the kitchen" -- love it!!! xx
Charlene V. February 20, 2021
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes (framed in my kitchen): “When you wash the dishes, the dishes also wash you.” Get into the Zen of it! However many or few dishes you need to hand wash, it’s part of the process of cooking.
SandyDeeOH February 20, 2021
If he is so enamored of washing dishes, I have a sink full right now that he is more than welcome to come and do. No matter how you dress it up, it's just an annoying chore. Generally I set a timer and make it into a game to see if I can beat the buzzer and get it over with. Needless to say, I don't have a dishwasher in my house. If I did I might be a little more excited about the whole thing.
ortolan February 20, 2021
Thank you for emphasizing the distinction between a dish cloth and a dish towel. I am sending this article to my husband, who maintains there is no difference and that I’m making dishwashing “too complex” for our household. 🤗
Cindy S. February 20, 2021
When I don't use the dishwasher, which is rarely, I put my silverware in the sink first and let it soak while I wash everything else in the suggested manner. By the time I get to the silverware, it requires little more than a rinse.
Rik December 25, 2020
Old Royal Navy trick: uric acid is excellent for decalcifying dishwashers. Ratings were required to urinate into the dishwashers before a rince cycle. Two considerations: 1. Navy machines operated at above pasteurization temperature so there were no pathogens to worry about - domestics top out at 70C so some limited risk there. 3. Ratings were all male in my day so, no doubt, the PC brigade have halted the practice in favour of damaging phosphoric acid out of a bottle. Just saying. ( My Bosch gets the wee-wee treatment daily and it just had its 28th birthday. )
Pat T. September 10, 2020
Watched the video, he runs the faucet too much, you're wasting water. Also, if you have a bowl left to wash and the bowl from the Kitchen Aid is full, dump the water from the KA into the other bowl....saving water.
Rik December 25, 2020
Damned right. New Zealand (most environmentally switched-on country?) REQUIRES all homes to have a dishwasher on water savings alone. He used a hideous volume of hot water here.
teaafternoons August 21, 2020
Absolutely love Peter Miller....brilliant! Thank you for a beautiful video. And huge yes to the spirit of enjoying all aspects of a well run kitchen. One that pleases you very personally in how it feels (and looks) to cook there, how your favorite foods taste each time, how people gather, and how the constant cleaning process can be an integral part of its pleasure. Love this, thank you.
G June 24, 2020
Marie Kondo teaching Dishwashing? Really! Didn’t they learn anything from their Mothers?
Megan June 24, 2020
Dishwasher as drying rack?! Mind. Blown. Never occurred to me, but a brilliant (and now, seemingly obvious) solution.
SandyDeeOH February 20, 2021
If I had a dishwasher, I'd just stick the dirty dishes in it and let it do the work.
I absolutely LOVED this video. I also love washing the dishes, and really enjoyed watching Peter Miller here. So good. Interestingly, I have developed the same style and pattern as he demonstrates here. It's a really good time for thinking.
Arati M. May 6, 2020
So glad you enjoyed this, Zara! There's such commonsense to his method (and a lovely rhythm)...
Yes, so enjoyable. Big thank you. I'd actually heard Peter on the Good Food podcast and it was such a joy to find a video here.
Helen M. March 22, 2020
Dishes that have been washed should be left to air dry. Dish towels have bacteria on them that you them transfer to your clean dishes. Restaurant dish washing 101
Susan March 21, 2020
I really enjoyed this video. I do the same things with my dishes. I found the video fun and a common sense approach to dishes.
jude1 March 15, 2020
Only one basin! I will never understand that trend. One to fill with soapy water (things can soak in there as you cook) and one to rinse. Or put your dish drainer in the second one.
silentlyfree March 19, 2020
I prefer one large basin because I can always use a bowl or a basin as in the video to soak things in soapy water, while still being able to fit large pots and pans completely in the sink for scrubbing or soaking. My previous sink was divided into two and I hated it because my pots and pans would not go in the sink all the way and made it so difficult for scrubbing..
Lenna March 13, 2020
I watched this dishwashing video on YouTube, and if my old home economics teacher had seen this guy throw a towel over his shoulder, she would have chopped him off at the knees! She said your hair and neck were the dirtiest places for your dish towel. To this day, I cannot throw a towel over my shoulder! Just thought I’d share.
Arati M. March 13, 2020
:) To be honest, I don’t think I have ever worn my kitchen towel around my neck either, but he makes it look so natural!
Peter M. March 14, 2020
Good point. It was a new kitchen for me, I did not know any of the surfaces and the closest place I could think of was my shoulder, which I rarely use for a dishtowel. Typically, the towel is tucked in the apron ties or on the clever Swedish hooks i have all over the kitchen.
Peter Miller, thanks so much. Super enjoyable video. I was looking for places to purchase your book and then saw this. I also love washing the dishes.
David R. March 12, 2020
What, and nothing on the Tetris-style strategizing of how to fit a million things into a single small dish rack such that nothing breaks from a sudden shift and there's still enough air flow for things to dry? I haven't had a dishwasher for about 15 years and appreciate the logistical challenge of getting everything clean and positioned to air dry effectively in very limited space (knives aside, who has time to towel dry everything?).
Brandon March 12, 2020
I love how he loves washing dishes. I found that I do the things he suggested already; like getting knives done and out of the way, using a bowl for warm water and soap and soaking silverware in its own bowl or jar. Common sense really if you wash dishes regularly..
M March 12, 2020
Using a dishwasher sounds like a great idea to get rid of the space-hogging drying rack ... unless you actually use the dishwasher to collect soiled dishes for cleaning.
Arati M. March 12, 2020
:) :) What can I say, Peter Miller finds great joy in the handwashing! He did add that given a choice, his wife would throw everything in the dishwasher! Not him, though...
Peter M. March 14, 2020
If ever there was a dishwasher / stove combination that allowed the stove door to go in the dishwasher, my wife would stand and cheer and do her best to have that chance.
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