Thich Nhat Hanh gives some solid advice about washing dishes and being mindful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aubF7v-MlMM
(starting from 3mins)
"When I was a novice washing dishes for the monk.. I did not have running water, hot water, soap. And I had to wash the dishes for 100 monks, we used coconut fibre and ash. If you know how to breathe and smile, washing dishes can be a wonderful thing.."
1) Follow in breath and out breath
2) Be mindful of your actions