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Old 04-14-2011, 04:32 AM   #1
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Washing Dishes in Round Sink

We are transitioning from a two sink to a one sink kitchen. Since we have never washed and rinsed dishes in a single sink, we're hoping for advice. What is your technique?
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:21 AM   #2
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One sink load at a time. Wash, drain, and rinse.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:46 AM   #3
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I was thinking same. My 2010 Flying Cloud has the single round sink.

I haven't even had my shakedown cruise yet, so haven't washed dishes, tried-out shower etc., but was looking at the sink. It is very deep, so I will only fill it with water at just below the half-way mark, do a few dishes at a time, then rinse under the tap. If the rising water gets too close to the top, drain and start over.

Or, you could buy a small tub as a rinse tub. I don't think this is as effective in getting all the soap off, though.
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Try washing dishes in a Bambi! We use a soap/sponge thing and soap and then rinse without filling the sink. We have 2 plastic tubs do do dishes outside when we don't have a sewer hook up (which is often) so we don't fill up the grey tank. You adapt pretty fast.
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Right on, mitch. It is all about adapting.

The 27' Cloud has a bit more counter space than most, so the tub beside the sink would work. After I posted my last, I realized some 'streams have little to no space between sink and range.

I like the idea of doing the dishes outside....especially if one is surrounded by scenic wonder.
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Right on, mitch. It is all about adapting.

The 27' Cloud has a bit more counter space than most, so the tub beside the sink would work. After I posted my last, I realized some 'streams have little to no space between sink and range.

I like the idea of doing the dishes outside....especially if one is surrounded by scenic wonder.
Lots of people pay big money for an outdoor kitchen! Mine cost @ $84 bucks, $80 grill and $2 a tub.
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When connected to utilities, we use a running water technique. Just a small trickle from for the faucet, and one of those dish-washing scrubbers on the end of a handle which contains detergent. When on limited water, we start with a small amount of water in the sink, then wash and rinse as we go.

Of course, there is only two of us so not many dishes at a time.

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We would use a plastic (they make some cool collapsible ones) tub, but that was one of selling points for us to purchase the 28' versus a 27' when we were looking to buy. The double sink just makes more sense to us, though the round sink is pretty.
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Try washing dishes in a Bambi! We use a soap/sponge thing and soap and then rinse without filling the sink. We have 2 plastic tubs do do dishes outside when we don't have a sewer hook up (which is often) so we don't fill up the grey tank. You adapt pretty fast.
We followed a different route with our 2002 Bambi, and it might be a useful method for the transition to a single sink. In about 2003, we installed a fairly large oval sink, one large enough to accept a pile of regular plates or a frying pan. With about 2" of soapy water in the sink, we can rinse above it without any danger of it getting too full. A drip board to the side completes the setup.

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I had the round sink on my first one, and the double sink on the current one. The double sinks are small and shallow and anything bigger than a saucer seems to create splashes on the wall, counter and floor. There's a lot less wipe up after with a single deep round sink. I agree an inch or so of water in the bottom of the sink and a soapy scrubby or soap dispensing scrubber work wonderfully.

Another advantage to the single sink is that there is less under the counter plumbing, so you get more storage space in the cabinet. Zeppelinium also made a great point for remodelers: even if you get a rectangular sink look for one with a corner drain or a drain offset toward the back of the sink. Reason? Drain doesn't take up the MIDDLE of the lower cabinet but is off to one side. Where every inch of storage space is precious that is one PRACTICAL and inexpensive change!

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We followed a different route with our 2002 Bambi, and it might be a useful method for the transition to a single sink. In about 2003, we installed a fairly large oval sink, one large enough to accept a pile of regular plates or a frying pan. With about 2" of soapy water in the sink, we can rinse above it without any danger of it getting too full. A drip board to the side completes the setup.

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we use a bucket that fits most of the sink. After use, I pick it out by the handle and water the landscape.
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We use a round plastic tub as a dishpan---often found at WalMart come summer---and a sponge/soap/wand for most things. Get a little hot water in the bottom, wash everything clean, rinse and drain on the counter on one of those microfiber absorbent pads----works great.

If we are boondocking, we dump the dishwater into the toilet, to conserve grey water space.


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simple dishwashing

I briefly rinse the dishes to remove gunk. Then I heat a cup or two of water, put it in a bowl or small pan from dinner and add a small squirt of dishwashing detergent. I wash however many dishes I can array around the detergent bow in our big round sink, then turn on cold water to rinse them individually, turn the water off, and stack them to dry on a dishcloth atop the stove cover. Wash and repeat.

Debbie doesn't like to stack the dishes to dry, she has a handy-dandy folding dish drain she puts atop the stove cover and she is expert at arraying all the dripping dishes on it. Works a little better than my lazier (easier) drying mode.

We can't imagine working with less than the big round sink -- one of our favorite galley features in our CCD 22 and in this CCD 25. The sink is good at everything we need it for.
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