Dishrack Dishracks prevent water from collecting and pooling in your newly clean dishes. They prevent bacteria growth and help protect dishes from banging into one another. Many models now have fold down prongs for easier storage when the dishes are done. Choose a dishrack with a sloping bottom mat to allow water to easily drain off into a sink.
Dish Towels Dish towels will be necessary to buff out spots and dry still wet dishes. Remember to make the rinsing water as hot as possible to allow the dishes to quickly airdry. Airdrying is more sanitary than cloth drying. Dish towels pick up bacteria that is then transferred to every dish dried. Always use clean dishcloths to dry dishes. Lint-free cloths may be needed for silverware. I prefer to use paper towels on pots and pans. Inevitable theres a slight residue or staining on at least one pot or pan that I dont want transferred to my dish towels.
Mats A rubber mat placed in the bottom of the sink helps prevent breakage when dishes are loaded and moved around.
Scrapers, scrubbers, and sponges Steel wool pads, plastic scrubbers, and double sided sponges may all be useful during dishwashing. Throw away steel wool pads and scrubbers when they show excessive signs of wear. Allow sponges to air dry after use. Dont allow them to sit in dishwater for an overnight or extended period. They will begin to break down, as well as become havens for bacteria.
Dishcloths As with sponges, dishcloths must not be allowed to sit for long periods of time in dishwater. Remember to launder your dishcloths frequently to prevent bacteria, staining, and odors.
Dishliquids Dish liquids come in many scents, specialties, and varieties. Be sure not to add too much, which only makes washing and rinsing dishes more difficult. Check out some environmentally friendly options.