Hint: it doesn't involve soapy water.
Southern Living The Perfect Houseguest
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Drop those dirty dishes y'all! Gone are the days when offering to do the dishes was synonymous with being a good houseguest.

Now, according to a new study by AreaRugs.com, when it comes to making a good impression, complimenting your hosts' home ranks above rolling your sleeves up and hitting the sink.

The study asked 1,000 Americans how 11 behaviors would affect their impression of a guest when visiting their home for the first time. Shockingly, the most positive turned out be the easiest: being offered a compliment on their home.

That's not to say that offering to do the dishes isn't appreciated, because it most certainly is—in fact, it's the second most appreciated gesture according to respondents. It just shouldn't be the only thing you do to woo your hosts.

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To be a perfect guest, walk in with a bottle of wine, take off your shoes, and then tell your hosts that they have a beautiful home. It's as simple as that. Offering to wash the dishes becomes the icing on the perfect guest cake. And long as you don't ask to smoke in the house or keep looking at your phone, you're golden!

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Read more about the study on AreaRugs.com.