I could swear I blogged about this topic before, but I can’t find it, so I’m going to blog about it now.
I was raised in a home with no dishwashing machine. My mother had two dishwashers: me and my younger sister. (Why did my younger brother not have to wash dishes or set the table? My sister and I had to mow the lawn…)
The way we were taught to wash the dishes was: glasses and silverware first. “Glasses” included tea mugs. The theory was that those items went into our mouths, so it was best to wash them first, while the water was still clean and hot, in the hopes of sanitizing them.
Next came everything else except the “tin dishes”, which is what my parents called the pots and pans. Except for the frying pans (usually cast iron), tin dishes were washed last.
To this day, that is how I hand wash dishes.