We don’t have a dish washer. When I was a kid, my parents use to do the dishes by hand and would talk the whole time. I think this was very comforting to me, hearing happy conversation after eating dinner made everything good in the world. Then my folks bought a dish washer and that ritual of hand washing the dishes changed. The conversations stopped and were replaced with the whirring of the machine. Since then I have never liked dish washers.
I know, I know they are supposed to be convenient, save water, and make the dishes cleaner, however, I have my doubts. At our house we eat dinner as family. No phones at the table, the TV is off, and we talk while we eat. We share our stories about the day, we compliment the chef for the flavor of the meal, and we say “Itadaki-masu”, I gratefully receive this food, before we eat. It is a ritual and I love it.
After we eat, we clear the table and start hand washing, drying, and putting away the dishes. I wash, Isabella and Ellessia dry and put away. Angie wipes up the table, stove, and counters. Dinner is often cleaned up and put away in under 10 minutes. It is a joyous event, laughing, singing, and joking all while doing this work.
Now I could go on and on about the value of this simple ritual to our family, about the real life skills it teaches our daughters, and how much I cherish the time, when for just these 10 minutes, all is right and good with the world, but I have an observation to share. When ever I go to someone’s house that uses a dish washer, it always seems like the dishes are never done, and it definitely takes the machine longer to do the dishes than we do as family. Uses less water?? I have a low-flow faucet aerator that uses 0.5 gallons per minute, so even if I let the water run while I scrub the dishes at the most I will use 5 gallons. An average dishwasher uses 6 gallons per load, energy star is 4 gallons…..plus electricity…..plus cabinet space……plus it breaks……plus the conversations stop…….
I don’t like dish washers.
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