How To Clean Soap Dishes
How do you clean soap dishes quickly?
Don't make soap.
Seriously, if I do want to make soap, I make cleaning as efficient as possible.
Before deciding to make soap, I plot my use of dishes. I mentally walk through each step, including how I will clean up. This helps me choose what and how many tools and equipment to use. It also helps guide my soap making process.
I make a choice to use more water or more paper towels. I have no idea which is better or worse for the environment. If I wipe my equipment down with a few paper towels to save the use of water is that better or worse? Do I use extra water? Or do I kill a tree? These are big questions.
These are things I ponder before falling asleep.
I weight one against the other and this is what I have decided - wiping my equipment with paper towels before I wash the soap off of the dishes seems like a logical way to move forward and assuage my consciousness of existing. There is a subtle feeling in our world that says, "you lose no matter the choice". I strive to ignore this idea, that my very existence is causing the climate to fail, that every aspect of my life is detrimental to the world.
A very adult fact of life is that if I eat, I will kill something; a planet, the animals that live in the field when the plants are harvested, the animal itself... Directly or indirectly. If I create I will use resources. So, what is the best way forward? How can I carve a path is this world that works for me?
The second my soap is poured and put to bed I wipe all my tools off with paper towels and, some times, with a wash cloth. I do let those set and wash all dishes. This makes for quick cleaning.
I have tried a different process. I left the soap dishes sit with remnants of my soap making endeavors on them until relatively cured. I then washed everything, however that process uses more water than is comfortable. It also, believe it or not, takes more dish washing detergent.
Now, I wipe them off with paper towels when the soap is still wet. All while wearing the same pair of gloves I used to make soap - striving to employ economy of effort.