So the whole “dead washer” thing got me thinking about other washing… dishwashing.
For some reason, ever since my daughter was a baby, I have felt compelled to wash my kids’ dishes, cups, utensils, etc. by hand. I suppose my logic has to do with the feeling that when I scrub them by hand, I can insure they get really, really clean, and they don’t sit around in a dishwasher, picking up cooties from other stuff. Yeah, may be ridiculous, but it’s made sense to me for the past 6-1/2 years!
So I set out to see how wasteful that really is. Lo and behold, in my newest quest of dishwasher vs. hand-washing, I learned a lot. So, here I am to share this with you too!…
First, and most compelling: newer dishwashers use only half the energy, one-sixth the water and much less soap, compared to hand-washing. The cleanliness factory also favors dishwashers (BAH! I’m wrong again!).
Just think about how much water you waste waiting for the right temperature when you’re hand- washing?! I was guilty of that, big time. And my husband is NOTORIOUS for wandering around the kitchen, doing other things, while water is still running! (… that remains a small (huge) pet peeve of mine, dear husband!)
You can also make your process more eco-friendly by skipping the pre-wash cycle, only running full loads and skipping the heat dry (that ALONE, saves 50% of the energy use!).
I understand that there may be methods of hand-washing that use very small amounts of water. I also know that, in order to get truly clean items out of the dishwasher, they do need a degree of cleaning and elbow-grease before they reach the dishwasher, but this should be done quickly and immediately, before all of the food gets dried on … (oh yummy! It’s that “cootie factor” I always feared!)
So, SHOCKER! Appliance wins this battle! I’m going to give so much hand-washing a break and try to use the appliance exclusively for a while and see how it goes. “Dishwasher” is one of the ‘Mom titles’ I’m willing to give up.