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Washing the Dishes



Washing the Dishes
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.04

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dishcloth, silverware, drying, absorb, dishwasher, soapy, rinse, greasy, aside, pots, disposal, doing, rack, hard, itself, soak


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Washing the Dishes
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Washing dishes is not a hard job, but it is important. It keeps the kitchen looking clean. People need clean dishes to cook and eat from. Washing dishes is a job that everyone should know how to do.
 
2     First, go through the house and pick up all the dirty dishes. Sometimes plates and glasses are left all over the house and you will need to find these. If there is any food left on the plates, scrape it into the garbage can or garbage disposal.
 
3     If you have pots and pans that are dirty, fill them with hot water and set them off to the side. This way the pots and pans can soak while you are doing the other dishes. This will make them easier to clean. If you have any dirty cooking spoons or spatulas, you can put these into one of the pans to soak.
 
4     Empty out the sink and put all the dirty dishes to one side. Wipe out the sink, and then fill it with hot water. Make sure it isn't so hot that it would burn your hands. Put some dish soap into the sink. This will help you clean the dishes. Let the sink get about half full, then turn the water off.
 
5     Make sure you wipe the counter off on the other side of the sink, too. This is where you will put the clean dishes after you rinse them off. Lay towels down on the counter, or use a drain rack if you have one. The towels will absorb the water from the dishes so you don't have water all over the counter or the floor. This will help the dishes to dry. If there is someone else in the house, have him or her help you by drying the dishes for you.

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