When you wash dishes by hand, it’s necessary to stand over the sink breathing in hot vapours from the water. If you use a commercial detergent that is highly scented, you will be breathing in a harmful cocktail of chemicals. Therefore, use as little detergent as possible, and be selective in the type of detergent you buy, choosing one that is environment-friendly and has the least amount of chemicals. The same applies to the detergent used in a dishwasher.
Water is the cheapest and most effective cleaner available, and when hot, is usually sufficient to wash dishes — especially if your meal has not contained greasy fats or oils.
A little vinegar added to the rinsing water gives dishes, cutlery and glasses extra sparkle, by removing all traces of detergent.
Give the sink a final wipe over with vinegar to leave a clean, streak and smudge-free surface.