Tis the Season for More Dishes

As the holiday season approaches, many of us picture the notorious dishes that pile up at family gatherings.

We often start cooking more frequently in fall and winter months.

We are also typically hosting larger groups of people than normal.

Some of our dishes cannot safely be put into a dish washer, but if you know how to properly wash those dishes, they won’t be as intimidating sitting in the sink.

Wear Protective Gloves

Hot water can take a toll on our hands, especially in winter months when our skin is already prone to dryness. Dish water can often leave our hands brittle and irritated.

Dish washing gloves are usually thick which means they can also protect your hands from loose knives in the sink. The gloves, typically made of rubber, will also help you hold onto slippery dishes when you’re struggling to hang onto Grandma’s valuable china.

Turn Up the Temperature

Hot water can make a huge difference when it comes to washing dishes. It can be hard to dip your hands into hot water, but that’s what the gloves are for!

  • Fill your sink with several drops of dishwashing liquid and fill the tub with the hottest water you can tolerate.
  • The hotter water you can use, the less likely you will be to have spots and streaks on your dishes.

Hot water will make cleaner dishes. Hot water can also help to break down food and grease on dishes, making it easier to scrub them clean.

Choose the Right Sponge

You need a sponge that is reliable, strong, and tough when you are trying to conqExtraStrengthEraseruer a lot of dishes at once.

Our Extra Strength Eraser sponges are fifty percent stronger than our standard sponges. We suggest using these on dishes that are heavily soiled.

For instance, burnt baking sheets are an ideal job for our extra strength eraser sponge.

We also sell Microfiber drying towels which offers an impeccable polished clean when drying dishes. The clothes will never scratch a dish or leave lingering fibers.

Rinse Dishes Clean ASAP

If you are hand washing a lot of dishes throughout the day, you will likely reach a point where you’d prefer to just visit with your company and that’s ok to do.

The dessert dishes can wait. If you serve an apple pie, most dishes will be sticky and have some sort of food residue on them.

  • If this happens and you don’t feel up to washing them right away, just make sure you rinse them with hot water and soak them with a few drops of dish soap to make them an easier clean tomorrow.

The holiday season should be a time of great joy. Don’t rain on your Macy’s Day Parade by obsessing over the amount of dishes that are accruing.

Sponge Outlet has products that can cut the time it will take you to wash those dreadful dishes, giving you more time to enjoy the celebrations around you.

Get Motivated to Clean Your Home

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When it comes to cleaning your home, one of the hardest parts of the process is getting started.

It can seem like a daunting task to clean your entire space, so start by making a plan and get yourself motivated with the quick tips listed below:

Start with a Cleaning Plan

Instead of letting yourself get overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning your entire home, map out a room-by-room plan to make the chores easier to complete.

  • Decide which rooms will require the most attention, what order you would like to tackle them in and what areas can be overlooked for now.
  • We recommend beginning with the main living areas, like the living room, dining room and kitchen, then working your way to the bathrooms and finally the bedrooms.

The spaces that you and your family spend the most time in usually need to be cleaned more frequently than bedrooms, offices and laundry rooms.

Create a Cleaning Playlist

If you are really dreading the cleaning you need to do, make the experience more positive by creating an upbeat playlist.

Listening to your favorite music will boost your mood and help to make the time fly by.

Remove Clutter from Around the House

Although you may want to jump right into the cleaning process, de-cluttering your space first will make cleaning much easier.

Instead of working around toys, television remotes, books and other items, put items back into their official home before you pull out the duster and vacuum cleaner.

  • You can also grab an empty laundry basket and fill it with all the decorative items that usually get in your way while you work.

Once your space is sparkling clean, you can put decorative pieces back on the shelves and have your kids put away the toys you found as you made your way from room to room.

Work from the Top to the Bottom

spring cleaningWhen you do start cleaning, the best way to tackle each room is by working from top to bottom, starting in the area furthest from the door.

Focus on higher shelves, tables and furniture before cleaning the floors, cleaning yourself out of the room as your last task.

  • This method will ensure that all the dust and grime that may have fallen to the floor while you work will be swept up at the end of the project.

All you have to do is walk out of your perfectly cleaned space and continue on to the next area.


Now that you are ready to start cleaning, grab your dusting wand, eraser sponge and melamine floor pads – then get to work.

SpongeOutlet offers high quality cleaning products up to 80 percent off of retail prices, helping to ensure you get the best clean possible at the lowest price. Shop with us online or place your order by phone at 877-776-6430.