I recently renovated my kitchen. Well, when I say ‘I’, I mean I organised for a team of people to do it.
Part of the renovation was a brand spanking new dishwasher. I’ve never had one of these before and I’m in love.
I love that dirty dishes now have a home and when you’ve filled the dishwasher up, you put some powder or a tablet in it, turn it on, wait a couple of hours and voila – clean dishes.
I love that my kitchen routine has changed because of it. After dinner I used to wash the dishes and I hated having to do that. I’d rather just relax after dinner. Now, I might have a greasy pan to wash by hand, but otherwise into the dishwasher go the dirty dishes.
However, my son is not a fan. He hates having to open the dishwasher up every time he has to put something into it. He also doesn’t like having to put the clean dishes away. He, however, is begrudgingly getting on board. Obviously he didn’t spend enough time washing dishes pre-dishwasher because if he had, he’d appreciate this technology much more.
I had read that dishwashers are more environmentally friendly than washing by hand and upon further reading found that when many people wash dishes by hand they leave the hot water tap running. That’s incomprehensible to me. Before dishwasher, I had two sinks. One would be half filled with hot sudsy water, the other half-filled with hot water for rinsing and this would do for the whole wash unless it was particularly large, greasy batch. I always started with glasses and cups, then cutlery, then plates, then plastics, and lastly saucepans and other cooking pans. So I don’t think my pre-dishwasher footprint was too bad. The downside was the the shoddy job I was doing, usually because I’d wash while not wearing my glasses.
Now I have a dishwasher I run it roughly every second day for two of us. I sometimes rinse things off before hand but I try not to and dishes are mostly coming out much cleaner. I’m using Ecostore’s dishwashing powder which is working really well for me and doesn’t leave that weird finish on the clean and dry plates that the dishwashing tablet often used by others does.
Oh, and incase you wondered, I bought an Asko dishwasher. I have no complaints so far. To me, it was worth spending the extra few hundred dollars. Others I know have bought cheaper ones and complain about them not cleaning properly.
Hey long time no comment. 🙂
I love my Miele dishwasher and would not give it up for anything. It uses a tiny amount of water to do a big load of dishes and everything comes out perfect.
We usually use a small amount of Finish dishwasher powder, but recently I was sent some Fairy Platinum dishwasher tablet samples and now I use one of those once a week because I find they clean the dishwasher as well as the dishes. That thing is squeaky clean after using one of those and I mean that literally, as in it squeaks when I touch the baskets.
Your handles are beautiful. 🙂
Glad you like the handles. I originally picked out something different and my cabinet-maker said (very kindly) they were very 80s. He then suggested the ones I’ve got. I’m glad he was straight with me as I like these a lot better.
And good to see you here!
Andrea Rankin says
I went to someone’s house for lunch recently and they washed the dishes, then put them in the dishwasher. How does that work? My kitchen overlooks the garden (through a window) and although I don’t necessarily look at the garden while I am washing up, it makes all the difference having that view. I also notice that a lot of homes on the beachfront have their kitchen at the beach end. However, they for sure have dishwashers! Summary: I don’t approve of dishwashers and like washing dishes. Embrace the difference!
I certainly don’t wash dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. Occasionally I may rinse, but I used to do that before handwashing them too.
I don’t have much of a view from my kitchen window so am not missing anything by the dishwasher having them. We’ll have to agree to disagree on our love/hate for them.