This is something that has always been a mystery to me, and it was just stirred up by the dish rack thread. I didn't want to hijack that one, but wasn't sure if this really fit here.... I don't know. Shut it down or move it as necessary I guess. But I really feel like I need to ask.
When I was a kid, every family I knew had a double bowl stainless steel sink, and the bowls were equally sized. I was taught to fill the left bowl with hot soapy water, right bowl with even hotter clean water. Wash in the left, rinse in the right, put in the drainer.
As I got older I started seeing single bowl sinks, or double bowls where one was much narrower and/or shallower than the other. I'm just so confused by them! Maybe it comes from my dad being such a hardass about my dishwashing skills, but I just can't fathom how people wash dishes in "non-standard" sinks.
Are you using one of those wands with soap in the handle to scrub and then turning on the faucet briefly to rinse? Running the water constantly? Washing them all and then rinsing afterward? I know I sound like a total idiot, and I promise I'm not, but.... I don't know. It's just been bugging me for years, and I don't have any fancy friends (okay, no friends) with sinks that I can experiment in.