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Old 09-13-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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Wash/rinse dishes

We have one large sink in our '15 25 ft. How do you wash and rinse your dishes with just one sink? Any great ideas? Thanks.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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You use a dishpan, a little soapy water, run fresh to rinse.

Dump all water into black tank when completed.


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Old 09-13-2014, 02:02 PM   #3
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Like many things Airstreaming you learn to adapt to the equipment provided to be happy with it or you'll always be looking for something bigger or different.

Many dishwashing methods. For a small amount we use one of this little dish brushes with soap inside, push the button as you need it. Put the dishes in or near the sink, wash and rinse with a small amount of water running.

For larger amount put them on the lift-up counter and wash them with water and soap in the sink, rinsing each as you finish.

Let him or her dry as you go along, or air dry on a folded towel.

Keep it simple and try not to get special racks and tubs to free up precious storage space when not using them.
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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I love Google, it is such a great resource for common and off beat knowledge,

The Cultural Divide on Washing Dishes: Brits vs. Americans | Mind The Gap | BBC America
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:31 PM   #5
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Tips for dish- & hand-washing

To scrub dishes, we wet a sponge and use Dawn Direct Foam; then, rinse. Requires very little water. Link below shows one of several Dawn foam dispensers, most of which are available at Walmart and grocery stores:

http://www.soap.com/p/dawn-direct-fo...me-surge-65905

Also, you can use REGULAR Dawn to refill the bottle; you don't have to buy special, Dawn Direct Foam liquid soap, which is just watered down Dawn (you pay 2-3 times extra for a mix that's about 80-85% water and 15-20% regular Dawn). Just add tap or bottled water to the step in the plastic bottle (about 3/4 full); then add about 1/2-3/4 inches of regular Dawn, and shake. (Adjust proportions as necessary to get the proper foam consistency.)

We also reuse an extra Dawn foam dispenser bottle for hand soap. Refill bottle as above, except add liquid hand soap instead of Dawn. When washing hands, pressurize water line; then, turn water pump OFF. Pump foam dispenser 1-2 times and scrub hands, then use remaining water pressure to rinse. This is an easy way to save water when boondocking.

If you want to go one step further, I have installed a marine/waterproof, momentary ON, push-button switch next to the bathroom sink, that's connected to the water pump switch on the tank monitor panel. (We normally use water from the freshwater tank; and leave the water pump OFF, except for dishwashing and showers.) That way, one can temporarily pressurize the waterline for hand-washing without having to ask your spouse to "Turn the water ON!"
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:34 PM   #6
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We have one large sink in our '15 25 ft. How do you wash and rinse your dishes with just one sink? Any great ideas? Thanks.
Trinity0414, not to hijack your thread, but I noted your hometown and am wondering if you are you planning to go go Urban Air in Eaton Rapids this year?

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Old 09-13-2014, 03:40 PM   #7
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The Cultural Divide on Washing Dishes: Brits vs. Americans | Mind The Gap | BBC America
The two-sink washing process was new to me on my arrival on these shores. At home we always washed as described in the BBC America piece and dried the dishes without rinsing. I'm still here to tell the tale so either I'm a mutant (possible!) or it's not as dangerous as it's made out to be.

In our Airstream we use Maggie's method in post #2. Small bowl to wash, small amount of water to rinse, over the soapy bowl, and dump the whole lot down the toilet when done (the water, not the dishes). Always do the 'cleanest' stuff first, glasses etc.
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AnnArborBob, our airstream won't be ready for pick-up from the dealer until mid to late Oct, so we won't be able to be a part of it this year; perhaps next year. We have enjoyed visiting with ASers the past two years here in ER. It's a fun time. Enjoy!
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When we bought our 2002 19' Bambi, it had a small rectangular sink which we soon changed to a larger oval one (a picture is here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...ml#post1508976) which is, due to space requirements, a single bowl. We wash the dishes in the sink, hold them while faucet-rinsing over the sink, and place the rinsed dishes on a plastic drain board which drains into the sink. Not much water is needed for rinsing.

By the way, this is the same method I used over 60 years ago when washing dishes in my parent's home. Amazing how that sort of thing sticks with you.

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Two sinks full of water, you have got to be kidding! Someone needs to learn to wash dishes where you have to carry all your water. At the cabin, I can wash and rinse dishes for two of us with a 9 cup coffee pot of water heated on the stove.
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I like one of those microfiber mats for drying the dishes. The mats, themselves, dry very quickly once hung up.

Nearly always air-dry, these days.


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We wash dishes in the trailer the same way we do at home minus the drain board for lack of room.
Wash with soapy dish rag, rinse, dry or lye on dish towel to dry-
We don't use the soap dispensers in the trailer because on our second trip the soap dispenser worked its way off and flooded the floor with blue Dawn liquid. I can still see blue wicked into the bottom edge of the wood and on the bottom of the mouse fur.
We just leave to dishwashing liquid on the counter in camp and put it in the sink for travel.
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We too use a circular plastic dish pan. But we also just purchased one of these. The install and a quick check were great. We'll have a full test on an upcoming three week trip. Item was recently featured in the latest issue of the Escapees magazine. Here is one link, but here seems to be many sellers on Amazon.

The INSTANT-OFF Water Saver - Faucet Adapter
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Set aside water to boil
Wash basin with strainer rack, soap, wash, place all items in strainer rack with space.
Pour boiling water to rinse
Water will dry off QUICKLY
Dump basin water down black tank,


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