When it comes to doing dishes there are a few important things to know when it comes to washing different materials. Many delicate items such as crystal glasses can only be washed by hand. Others such as bamboo can’t be soaked in water or you will end up with a few problems. Here are some common dish item materials and how to wash them efficiently.

Glass, Crystal & Delicate Porcelain

These dishes are usually wine glasses and cups. They should be washed first with no other items. They should be dried with a dish towel after being rinsed to avoid water spots.

Wood & Bamboo

These are usually cutting boards and cooking utensils. You shouldn’t submerge wood items in soapy water while trying to clean them. This makes them absorb too much water and they can retain bacteria and also loose moisture. Instead don’t submerge them and use a wet soapy cloth to wipe them clean. Rinse quickly afterwards and air dry them. Wood utensil may need periodic oiling to renew their material.

Ceramic, Plastic & Regular Porcelain

These materials used for most regular dishes. These can all be washed together. Allow them to soak for a few minutes to dissolve food and stains. Rinse and dry them in a regular fashion.


This is material is commonly used for pots and pans. These dishes should be washed last and soaked to remove stuck on food. Often they need scrubbing with a scouring pad to thoroughly remove any food particles. Improperly washed pots and pans can cause prepared food to go bad and potentially cause food poisoning.

Crystal Wash by hand with other crystal or glassware. Delicate Porcelain Wash by hand separate from other dishes in warm water and with a soft cloth. Bamboo & Wood Never soak in water. Use a soapy cloth to wipe the surface clean. Handmade Ceramics Wash by hand with warm soapy water. Regular Porcelain Can be placed in the dish washer. Plastic Can be placed in the dish washer. Metal Can be placed in the dish washer.



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