Washing dishes is something that everyone ends up having to do if you live in your own place and eat food there. It's not a difficult task, but there are better and worse ways to do it.
Knowing how to wash dishes by hand is a basic life skill. Everyone needs to learn how to do it. You can't live out of take-out pizza boxes forever.
1. Sink, two if possible. If not, a plastic bin for rinsing is recommended.
2. Liquid Dishwashing soap.
3. White vinegar - optional but recommended
4. Rubber gloves - recommended if you use a commercial dishsoap - most of them are made with petroleum derivatives that can be absorbed through the skin.
5. Scrub brush, dish cloth and scouring pad. Do not use a sponge! Most sponges harbor all kinds of pathogens in the damp warm interiors. There are chemically treated antibacterial sponges, but they are most often treated with triclosan (also known as microban when used on solid surfaces) which is toxic to both human health and to the environment.
6. Dish drainer or towel on the counter for dished to dry
7. Dish towel to dry dishes (optional - it's actually more sanitary to let then drip dry)
8. Baking Soda
Steps to Washing Dishes