Home life


Sometimes I look at the big pile of dishes in the sink, and wish I had a dishwasher.

But then, half the work of washing the dishes is to stack them up neatly, and clear the dish rack of previous loads. Even with a dishwasher, you still need to do this.

And for the sake of water consumption, you need to wait until it’s full. Which might mean having multiples of things I use frequently. Or washing those by hand. Not really an issue.

Perhaps not a top priority, but something to be considered for a kitchen in a house of my own, somewhere in the deep dark distant future.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

12 replies on “Dishes”

You need a dishwasher to make:

Jelly Baby Vodka


1 pk Jelly babies
1 Bottle vodka

Empty the packet of jelly babies into an empty bottle of vodka and then fill the bottle up with vodka.
Don’t use the black jelly babies. Place the full bottle in the dishwasher for up to an hour, or until the jelly babies have dissolved, then remove and allow to cool before serving.

Don’t bother, unless you don’t mind your dishes leaving a spot here and there or maybe thats just old and nasty dishwashers like mine.

You have encapsulated my reservations about dishwashers exactly, Daniel. I successfully held out against purchasing one, but to my dismay (and my spouse’s delight), the house we moved into in March already had one. Oh well, some you win, some you lose.

Some years ago there was a series of advertisements on UK television: “Get a life — get a dishwasher”.
I don’t know if I’ve got a life now, but I certainly wouldn’t like to do without a dishwasher any more…..

Dish drawers are pretty cool – if somewhat expensive compared to regular dishwashers. Solves the problem of half loads. Unfortunately not frequently an issue in our household of 6…

In my house the on-going struggle is in regard to what can and can’t go in the dishwasher … my male house mate seems to think that just about anything can go in, and he has no concept of logically stacking it! I open the dishwasher to put plate/glass/mug in, move three items, take two things out, grumble under breath while closing it again …

We have the F&P DishDrawers – awesome dish washer. It’s amazing how much we can cram into just one of the draws, and once you’ve started its cycle (and/or it’s already clean) you can start filling up the second draw.

The best feature of dishwashers, apart from the obvious, is that they are storage for dirty dishes, leaving the kitchen tidy.

I never had a dishwasher until I purchased my current home 5 years ago (when I was the ripe old age of 45) and I am in love with the steel monster. Anything that fits in, goes in is my motto and I have become rather an expert on the packing in side of things.

They make energy efficient machines now adays and I am sure if you measured the amount of water you waste just getting hot water into the sink and then the rinsing off of the soap suds then they probably don’t work out any worse.

Dishwashers treat their contents rather roughly. Only our cheap and nasty dishwear goes in (none of the nice wine glasses, for example), and unfortunately none of the pots and pans are dishwashersafe, so less than half our washing is done by machine. Still, that’s more than none.

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