Washing dishes is one household chore that can wreak havoc on your hands. Hot water and dish soaps can strip your skin of natural oils and lipids, leading to dry skin. The solution may seem obvious to you, but the best way to protect your hands while washing dishes is by wearing gloves. But why not take it a step further? Apply a moisturizer or any organic, unrefined oil before pulling on your gloves. The steam from your sudsy water will help moisture penetrate deep into your pores, making your hands extra soft after cleaning.