After a relaxing dinner, who feels like doing the dishes? Or how about staying on top of the dishes with little ones in tow? I love to clean up as I go, trying to put things away as I use them, but sometimes I am too exhausted from a busy day or taking care of a cranky baby (like today!) to have the energy to do the dishes completely. But if I let them lie in the sink overnight, it is often a huge extra effort to scrub them clean the next morning!
The simple solution: baking soda.
This is a great way to begin the dishwashing process in advance! Take a shaker and fill with baking soda. You can use any clean used shaker (old spice container, parmesan container, etc.) I use the pepper shaker in my salt/pepper set, as I have a fresh pepper grinder as well. As you are piling dishes in the sink, scrap off the lumpy food and shake on some baking soda. Use more for extra greasy dishes. This is a fast way to not only cut down odors, but begin breaking down the food, and save on dishwasher detergent! Adding a little water to make it more of a paste gives it an additional boost in effectiveness. Put all the silverware in a pot or glass to soak as well with a little baking soda.
The next chance you get to the sink, you can simply load them into the dishwasher! You can also cut back on the quantity of dishwashing detergent this way! Experiment by filling up the dispenser only halfway!
This is also a wonderful way to keep your scrubies and wash clothes fresh and clean smelling! Dust them with baking soda after each use!