So you had friends over for wine and conversation plus greasy pizzas.
And now? Your friends have split and you have a dozen wine glasses, greasy plates, forks and a problem:
Stick everything in the dishwasher and hope the stemware survives? Pile the glasses and greasy dishes in the sink, squirt in dishwashing soap, add water and scrub?
Or do what pros suggest: Use hot water and wash the wine glasses by hand.
So says Ray Foley, author of "Bartending for Dummies" (Wiley) and founder of Bartender Magazine.
"Putting them in the dishwasher is not a bad thing but ... the problem with dishwashers and wine glasses is that, first, you can't find a dishwasher where they fit in," Foley says. "If they do fit, they clang against each other and some break." Plus, dishwasher rinses may leave a residue.
Foley walked us through the process.
1. Handle glasses one at a time. First, check the rim. "Lipstick is the biggest problem," Foley says. Wipe the wine glass around the rim with a paper towel.
2. Wash the glass in hot water, as hot as you can handle; wearing rubber gloves will allow you to use very hot water. If there was a lipstick stain or food smudge, re-wipe the rim with a paper towel.
3. Rinse well with cold water.
4. Set glass upside down on a drainer and allow to air dry. Don't use a cloth to dry glasses, Foley says: "You'll leave some lint on the glass."
5. Feel uneasy without soap? "If you want to, (use) just a pinch of the soap," Foley says, adding this cautionary note: "Then you've really got to rinse them really well in cold water."