The 3 Best Items For Your Kitchen If You Don't Have A Dishwasher

Cooking is one thing people are doing a lot more of. Just one look at quarantine-era social media, and it's immediately apparent that the pandemic made a lot of cooks out of us. Some even went as far as getting kitchens remodeled. It's nice to experiment and try new recipes, but more cooking means more dishes. While you can load a lot of dishes into the dishwasher, sometimes you don't want to wait days for a full dishwasher to be ready to run, and there are always certain items you want to clean right away or that aren't safe to put in the dishwasher. Not to mention, many of us don't even have one.

There are ways to make cleaning your dishes a little easier for those of us who don't have a dishwasher. We think it's important that you know about some kitchen essentials to help you get through the toughest parts of cleaning the dishes. So, let's take a look at some.

Natural dish soap and germ-free soap dispensers

Natural dish soap might be an easy change for your family to become an eco-friendly household. Unlike some soaps, they usually have no harsh ingredients. Instead, you're left with clean dishes, softly cleansed skin, and a lot less waste if you use refillables! (via Earthbits). Natural dish soap not only works, but it also competes with conventional dish soaps because they use plant-based surfactants that are harsh on grease while being kind to your skin and the environment (via Potager Sopa Co.). A lesser-known fact about surfactants, according to Seatree, is that some natural surfactants use 100% organic essential oils so that you may enjoy a fresh, clean aroma without the skin irritation or headaches associated with perfumes. 

A touchless soap dispenser is also a must-have. If you are using a regular dispenser or a bar of soap, think about it: to clean your dirty hands, you touch your soap, but you're still touching it with dirty hands. Well, you could clean it every time you use it, but why waste time, water, and soap like that? Sensors control an automated soap dispenser, making it touch-free. As mentioned, manual soap dispensers and bars of soap can harbor the filth and germs of one person and transmit them to the next, but an automatic soap dispenser's touchless function eliminates that kind of germ contamination (via Jaquar).

A double-duty sink

Many homeowners spend time at the kitchen sink, prepping their dinner or washing their pots, pans, cups, plates, and what have you. Did you know that before the dishwasher, the double bowl sink was more popular? One bowl keeps dirty dishes and soapy water, while the other has clear water and a dish utensil rack. However, single bowl sinks have grown in popularity over the years.

Double bowl sinks are perfect for hand washing dishes. Put regular water in one bowl, scrub the dishes, and keep the clean dishes in the other. In addition, you may wash veggies in one sink while stacking dirty dishes in the other. They also allow you to separate your delicate utensils from heavier ones, such as steel plates and bowls. Single bowl sinks need more detergent and water, making the double bowl sink more environmentally friendly, according to Buildmat. Let's bring back double sinks!