Special meals with friends and family are an opportunity to show our affection for each other and indulge in good food and good conversation.
However, there’s nothing like being faced with piles of dirty dishes after everyone’s gone home to take the shine off a lovely meal.
Whether after a mid-week meal for two or a sumptuous Sunday lunch, washing up by hand eats into our precious time, with studies finding we spend around 4 hours a week at the sink. Whose turn it is to ‘do the dishes’ is also a trigger for family discord – arguments can quickly escalate, with the usual peacemakers tackling the job for the sake of restoring harmony. Let the dishwasher dissolve tension as well as grease and dirt. Lab research reveals it takes a mere nine minutes per cycle to pack and unpack your mealtime essentials from a dishwasher, compared to 60 minutes to wash and dry a full load by hand, leaving you with more time to relax or do something more productive.
The greener, cleaner, cheaper option
Using your dishwasher also means less guilt about the environment impact. A dishwasher uses, on average, 12 litres of water per cycle, only using and heating the exact amount needed (in fact, the overall energy cost of running a full cycle is only 14 pence2). Washing up the same number of plates by hand would see 49 litres of water literally poured down the drain2. By using a dishwasher you get cleaner dishes too – they make fast work of bacteria and stubborn food particles, as they wash at typically between 55 and 75 °C (130 and 170 °F). By comparison, the average hot water tap is 50 °C.
Best for peace of mind
An added bonus for the average busy household is that using the dishwasher also means you’re not washing dishes in the same sink you’ve used to clean muddy shoes in, or rinsed out the pet food bowls. Some of the germs that pets carry, like salmonella and staphylococcus can cause infections in humans – regularly clean and disinfect your pet’s bowls with separate cloths away from the sink4.
All things considered, your dishwasher plays an important role in the wellbeing of your household, whether it’s safeguarding your health and free time, acting as the family peacekeeper or proving its credentials as an environmental champion.
There’s so much more to this kitchen essential than the spotlessly clean dishes we’ve come to rely on!
2 Finis/Boschh - Dishwasher or Sink: Which Uses More Energy?