I have Calphalon pots and pans. I've collected them over the years, prefer the nonstick varieties, though I do have one stainless steel pan of theirs, it rarely gets used. I love their stuff. I especially love their warranty and how they stand behind it, no questions asked. We got the starter set when we were first married, it had a ten year warranty, by the time our ten year anniversary started rolling around, they all needed to be replaced, I shipped them in and we got a whole new set. I love a company that stands by their word.
What does any of this have to do with a mess? Well, they all have to be washed by hand. I don't really know what would happen to them in the dishwasher and quite honestly, I'm not interested in finding out. So at the end of the meals that I actually cook, I have to run a sink of warm water and soap. I use Dawn, maybe because my mom did and maybe because I've used a couple other brands and just keep coming back to it time and again. I buy the green one, I like the smell.
So here's the mess part and maybe you already do this, but it was something I figured out WAY too late in life so I'm going to share. After all the dishes are done, I take that soapy water and I use it to wipe down some things, specifically my stove and my microwave. Doing it after every meal means that I rarely have to spend more than a few seconds cleaning either of them.
About once or twice a year, I will make a sink full of bubble and then use at just to clean the outside of the cabinets and dishwasher. If anyone has any tips on really cleaning a dishwasher I'll take them. I've done that whole vinegar and baking soda skulking around Pinterest, it didn't really do much for me.
What do you do to save time cleaning?