My tip is this;
Before you start to cook, fill the sink with hot soapy water.
Read on for my explanation.
When I started high school, one of my favourite lessons was Home Economics (or Cookery as my mum insisted it was!)
When the class started, we had to do all the usual things before starting to cook, like washing our hands, tying long hair back and putting aprons on, but then, we had to fill our sinks with hot soapy water.
While we were preparing and cooking whatever we were making, everytime we finished with a utensil, we were encouraged to put them in the water, rather than just leaving them lying around on the side.
This meant, that when we came to wash up, most of the dirty dishes we had created had been soaking in the water for some time, and they were so much easier to wash up quickly.
Its something that I still do today, and it makes life so much easier. It takes about 2 minutes to fill the sink with water, but its made worthwhile by the time it saves you afterwards, because sometimes I'm surprised by how many dishes I make while I'm cooking.
One very important point - Don't throw something heavy into the sink when you've just put something fragile in - you will break the fragile thing (but I haven't learnt that from experience, honest!)
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