Because I wash dishes so much I try to keep this chore as simple as possible. While I do own a dishwasher I find I rarely use it. Typically I reserve it for use after large dinner parties. I find I use it a lot during canning season as well. But on a daily basis I simply prefer wash my dishes by hand.
Once plates are scraped and things are rinsed down the garbage disposal I fill one sink halfway with hot water and a healthy squirt of dish soap, about a tablespoon. I put everything in the water at once, save for the pots and pans. I then use my soapy dish cloth and clean out the sink with the garbage disposal. I place the dish drainer in this sink so I don’t risk things slipping into the disposal by mistake.
With hot water trickling in the sink filled with dishes I wash and rinse everything and place it in the dish drainer. Then I wipe down the counters, table and stove top. Finally the pots and pans are washed up.
I keep my dishwashing supplies pretty simple:
Baby bottle brush (to get the parts I can't like the girl's drink bottles)
I leave my dishes to air dry and find that God does a wonderful job for me. About an hour later I put them away and the job is complete. Doesn't get much simpler than that.