Where to start There are two methods: by hand or in the dishwasher. Check the notations on the bottom of a dish to see if it requires delicate care or can hang with the bulk of ’em in the dishwasher.
Fill up half the sink with the hottest water your fingers can stand—and we mean it. Hot water is the most effective at killing germs when handwashing. Get soapy. You know what to do. Wash in this order: crystal (as for holiday guests), glassware, clear glass plates, other plates, flatware, serving ware, the greasiest serving dishes and cooking utensils, then pots and pans. This lineup ensures that delicate items are less likely to break under the weight of heavy ones being washed on top of them, and the dirtier dishes won’t clog up the sink before you even really begin. Start washing from the non-eating/ -drinking sides or surfaces before moving to the inside of the glass or front of the plate. Make sure to scrub handles and any other parts that are touched by hands. Replace water when it has cooled or becomes too dirty. Duh.