what is the difference between lavar and limipar?
It seems that they both mean to wash or clean. Why use one for dishes and the other for clothing?
Lavar is to wash whereas limpiar is to clean. I washed the dishes while she cleaned the counter.
Me lavaba los platos mientras ella limpiaba el mostrador.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I reckon:
Lavarse el cuerpo. To wash your body.
Limpiar la casa. To clean the house.
Lavarse los manos. To wash your hands.
Limpiar las ventanas. To clean the windows.
Es facil no!?!
I think that just as in English you can clean things without washing them, so can you en español limpiarlos sin lavarlos.