My dish washing routine!


We don’t own a dishwasher, so our only option is to wash dishes by hand, but I think I may actually prefer this option! When I’ve seen cutlery and dishes that have been washed by a dishwasher in the past I haven’t been too impressed, and I know I’m not the only person who quite likes washing dishes by hand! Sure it can feel like a chore, but there’s something very satisfying when they are all clean and sparkling and you know you’ve done a good job!

So here is my routine:

First of all, I highly recommend rubber gloves. I use Marigold kitchen gloves. They do help to protect your hands. Not only from the dish soap, but the cutlery as well! I can recall an unhappy incident with a cheese slicer when I did not wear them! 

It’s also absolutely worth investing in a good dish sponge. I recommend the Spontex ones with the ‘non-scratch’ scourer.

Another essential is a dish brush! I got mine from IKEA.

An important tip is to ensure you rinse the dishes before you begin. We do not want to have food floating around the washing up bowl whilst we are trying to get the dishes clean! Also, if you’ve got saucepans with things like Super Noodles or scrambled eggs in, soak them in water for a while before you begin! This will make them much easier to clean.

  1. Let’s start by giving the washing up bowl a quick rinse with cold water. Then squirt in some washing up liquid (not too much!) and fill up the bowl with water that is hot, but not too hot!
  2. Once the bowl is full, put all of the cutlery in at once, and push it towards the back of the bowl (remembering to wear your rubber gloves, of course!) This will ensure that there is room for the next step!
  3. We are now going to wash the glasses. It’s important to do these first because cutlery, glasses and cups have direct contact with your lips and should be the most clean. When washing glasses, thoroughly soak your dish sponge with water and  submerge your glass in the washing up bowl. Then place the dish sponge inside the glass and use your dish brush to push it down into the glass. Be careful here, you do not want to break your glass. Using this method, give the glass a gentle scrub until clean. Once clean, gently plunge the glass into the water to give it a good rinse. (Avoiding your cutlery of course which should still be soaking at the back of the bowl.) Put your glass upside down on your dish rack so it can drain well.
  4. Get ready for the cups! I find that I do not need to use a dish brush for these because the opening is much larger and so there is less likelihood of them breaking. A dish sponge should suffice here!
  5. Now it’s time to wash the cutlery which by now should have had a good soak. When cleaning forks, use the corner of your sponge to get in between the prongs of the fork to remove any stubborn food! Take extra care with sharp knives, and put place them upside down in the cutlery tub of your rack so the sharp bit is pointing downwards.
  6. Next, we can move on to the plates. Ensure to get lots of bubbles onto your sponge. The more mess, the more bubbles needed! Give the plate a thorough clean, front and back and then plunge it into the water to rinse!
  7. When the plates are done, it’s time for the bowls. Clean with the  dish sponge. Around and around in circular motions. Our dish rack allows placing bowls so they fit inside one another and they all rest on one of the ‘spokes’ of the rack. Sorry I don’t know the correct term! (See photo above)
  8. I like to use the leftover water to rinse out plastic bottles and food packaging that need to go in the recycling bin.

Dishes done!

I hope you enjoyed reading my method. Tell me if you give it a try, or let me know what works for you!





A tip for organising apps on iOS


I’m not sure how I came about finding this tip. Maybe I figured it out myself! I honestly can’t remember, but since I’ve been doing this, my phone has been a lot more organised. My apps are much easier to find, and everything looks clean and tidy and clutter-free!

This tip is about taking advantage of a cool feature built inside iOS which automatically puts your apps into categories. I find that 90% of the time it works a treat. You don’t have to follow it, but it’s a useful guideline in helping you have a super-organised iPhone!

Where to begin:

  1. Have a look on your phone screen. You might see apps all over the place at the moment, but there is one app in particular which is going to help you get your phone in order! The app you need is built-in to iOS and it’s called ‘Tips’.
    Found it? Good! You’re ready to move on to the next step.
  2. Think of ‘Tips’ as an app consultant… a guru of which app goes where. Funnily enough, you don’t actually need to open it! Just keep this app in mind and read on.
  3. The next step is to have the first page of your home screen look like it does when you first get your iPhone. I find this works well, and it’s a good way to access your essentials quickly and easily. To do this, I went on to and found an up-to-date image of the iOS home screen to use as a reference.
  4. You don’t have to do the next step but I found it a good idea. And that is, remove every app from its current folder, therefore removing all folders from the phone! This is temporary of course, as you will see when you read on. It also means that you won’t have any duplicate folders when we’re done! 
  5. You’re ready to make a start! Pick your first app and drag it onto the ‘Tips’ app icon. Once it’s been moved over, it should create a new folder with a category name which is hopefully perfect for that app! Sometimes, when it doesn’t know what category is best, it will just put the app in a folder called ‘Folder’. Most of the time this method works well, but on occasion you might not agree with its decision, and that’s fine! You can choose to put the app wherever you like, or create a new category if needed. For example, I found that I needed to create a ‘Retail’ category for all my reward card and shopping apps.
  6. Exit the new folder and wait about 10 seconds. Now go back and remove the Tips icon. It should keep the folder there on your home screen.
  7. Repeat step 5 until you have a very organised phone!


  • Once you have all your folders made, try alphabetising them. This will help you to find the category you need a bit quicker!
  • Remember to keep your home screen as it was when you first got your iPhone. All the folders that you make from using this tutorial should go on the screen after! There are a couple of exceptions to this: I keep my iCloud Drive icon on the home screen for quick reference. The ‘Tips’ app you’ve just been using can also go there so it can be easily found when you need to organise any apps in the future!
  • Keep your home screen background a plain colour to enhance the tidiness, and use a more interesting wallpaper for your lock screen.

I hope this has helped you to have a more organised iPhone! I’ve kept my phone this way for a few months now so it definitely works for me and I hope it works for you, too!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of this tip, or tell me what works for you!