My new home does not have a dishwasher. The area we moved to has a very – shall we say – interesting housing market. Dishwasher was one of my “must haves” but I soon found out that almost all the rental properties around did not offer them (or washers & dryers).
When we moved in, I tried to ignore the fact that there was no dishwasher. I completely loathed the thought of doing dishes. Even when we had a dishwasher, I would let dishes pile up to the extreme before washing them off some and loading the dishwasher. And then when the dishwasher was done, I would usually use dishes out of it until I absolutely had to unload it just so I could reload it again. I was that lazy.
However, after being dishwasher-less for over a month now, I realized it’s not that bad at all. Did I ever think having to hand-wash my own dishes would teach me life lessons? No, I didn’t, but it has.
Trying to always keep up with the dishes is impossible. I would be doing dishes all day long sometimes if I tried to do this. However, it’s not that hard to add washing the dishes to the end of most meals.
Not having a dishwasher has taught me that, just like other chores that do not have machines to do them for me (or even ones that do – laundry, hello!), I can’t have everything tidy all at once all the time. Maybe for about 5 minutes. And that’s it. So really, it’s taught me that not having everything clean 24/7 is okay.
Gloves make everything better. I learned I hate getting my hands wet and now that I am trying to get dishes super clean by hand washing, the water has to be super hot so gloves are a must. The purple playtex gloves are my fave.
I hate when the inside of my gloves are wet though. Just gross. Husband, I am lookin’ at you!
I realize I have infinitely too many coffee mugs. When I hand wash things, I can easily get away with having three mugs, with the exception of having company over. Why I have 20+ mugs is beyond me.
Sometimes it feels better to do things the hard way. And sometimes people do things better than machines. Not always, but I do like seeing my dishes get extra clean and not having leftover gunk still stuck on them like my old dishwasher would leave.
Putting things off that should be taken care of soon only makes things harder. Like not rinsing your pot that was full of red sauce or cheese out right after dinner. This applies to more than just the dishes too!
Melted and hardened cheese is really hard to get off of things. Just sayin’.
I really care about what soaps I am using now. Since the soap may not be completely rinsed clean, I care about using a natural soap now just in case I am, you know, eating it. I also have tons of suds in my sink all the time from washing dishes, so I feel better about using something biodegradable since so much soap is going down my drain.
My favorites are:
- Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid for general dishes. Unscented is a must so you don’t taste it!
- Dapple in unscented for baby bottles and our water bottles, although lavender smells amazing.
- Method dish soap in Sea Salt to neutralize really bad odors, like chili that was in a Tupperware for three weeks
All the modern conveniences that I “can’t live without” can always be lived without. I’m finding that while some modern conveniences like indoor plumbing & electricity make life a lot easier and more enjoyable, every little gadget is not a must. I am okay with doing things the “old-fashioned way.” Just because it’s not as modern doesn’t mean it’s broken and doesn’t work.
I don’t actually mind it that much at all. And I will probably hand wash things a lot more in the future now that I haven’t had any choice but to hand wash everything. But I am glad that my dishwasher-less days are limited and that this won’t last forever.
See you at the sink 😉
Questions for You:
- Have you ever had to live without a dishwasher?
- What modern convenience are you saying you can’t live without right now?