Don't Get Caught Red-Handed!

Washing the dishes by hand can be a chore. Let’s face it: it’s a dirty and cumbersome. In this article we present our guide to some of the things to think about when washing dishes by hand.

1. Red, scrubbed hands

The main complaint about washing by hand is that it can produce a drying effect on the skin. Extensive washing can dry out hands, or cause them to become red due to excess scrubbing. It’s far simpler to use a dishwasher with Finish®. Dry skin can even be caused by using non-latex gloves, which can absorb moisture and leave your hands feeling like they’re covered in chalk.

2. Time lost

One of the greatest things about a dishwasher is that it takes less time to do the clean. Simply finish what you’re eating, pop your plates and cutlery into a dishwasher and close the door. When your dishwasher is full, it’s time to turn it on, leave it overnight and empty the next day. This is not the case with hand-washing, where every pot, pan and glass takes its own time to clean.

3. Cutlery washing

The big difference between a dishwasher and washing by hand is cutlery. With a sponge and a soak you can clean a lot of the grime and accumulation off any knife or spoon, but fully cleaning a fork can be a challenge. Furthermore, since each implement has to be cleaned individually it makes a short job that much longer.

4. Sharp knives

If you’re keen to keep your knives sharp then you may be partial to washing your large items by hand. However, handling knives in a basin while you wash could increase the likelihood of receiving a cut. Modern dishwashers now feature compartments for keeping knives apart and the blades down during a wash if you want to find a new way to avoid handling a knife while washing up. 

So give the rubber gloves a rest, and more importantly, give yourself a rest. You can save time, effort, and take care of your hands, by loading everything into the dishwasher, and letting Finish® take care of the washing up.