Tips for Handling Dishes in Your RV

Dirty dishes in your RV

One of the perks of RV travel is that you’ve always got a kitchen available for when you feel like making a meal. It helps save money and control your portions, both of which are highly beneficial on a long RV trip. You know what’s not highly beneficial? Dirty dishes. This is especially true in an RV. At home, you’ve got a little bit of wiggle room to allow your messes to sit for a bit. In an RV when space is limited, you can’t very well let dishes pile up. But, on the other hand, you don’t want to spend copious amounts of time processing dirty plates, pans, and utensils either.

Here’s how to cook in your RV and minimize/handle the dishes you create as efficiently as possible.

Minimize the Dishes You Create

One of the best ways to deal with dishes is to minimize how many you create in the first place. Try making recipes that call for just one pot rather than multiple pots, pans, and skillets. You can also hand wash any dish that was lightly used and put it right back into the cabinet after you’re done with it. If you just throw it into the sink with everything else, you’ll feel compelled to give it a more thorough cleaning that it didn’t really need.

Make Use of Disposable Plates and Utensils

This one will impact your budget a bit and isn’t as green as other options, but used strategically, it can drastically reduce the number of dishes you produce over the course of the day. There’s a good middle ground where you only use the disposable plates and utensils for some meals rather than all of them. They’re especially useful for meals that are highly messy and that leave a lot of residue that might be hard to clean later. If you eat off a disposable plate, the mess can just go in the trash instead.

Save on Water

As an RVer, you’ve got a finite amount of water at any one time. Sure, you can always get more, but why waste water when you don’t have to? At home you may be used to rinsing your dishes under running water, but in your RV you ought to consider filling your sink with warm, soapy water and using that to soak your dishes instead.

Wash Your Dishes Immediately

The best way to manage your dishes, however, is to simply do them as quickly after a meal as possible. Even if you’re doing everything else to mitigate your pile of dishes, this one’s the most crucial. After every meal, take time to rinse your dishes. If no one in your RV likes to do this task, just make it a chore that rotates. That way it’s fair and no one can complain when it’s their turn to wash the dishes after a meal.

Visit CCRV

Remember to stop by and see us at CCRV before you hit the road this spring. Give us a call or stop in and see us to set up your service appointment.

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