Sunday, November 01, 2009

Ranting Stan's Irrational Hatred of the Week: Dishwashers

Not so much a hatred - more of a "what's the point?". I mean, I can see the point of a washing machine. Doing the laundry used to take all day long, but with washing machines it can be taken care of in a couple of hours. Dishwashers, though ......

For starters, if the dishes are particularly soiled, you need to rinse them down first of all. Then you have to load them into the dishwasher - load up a ridiculously expensive dishwasher tablet and then two hours later you have to unload it all. It takes about two and a half hours in total - half an hour of which is manual labour and yet you could have done the washing up in 15 minutes!

Really - what is the point of a "labour saving" device that requires more labour than the task it is supposed to replace? Not only that, you can not out anything too large in there or things like roasting trays (they rust) so you end up having to wash those up anyway. So not only does it not save you any time, you end up still having to do the job it is supposed to do anyway.

Mrs Stan loves the dishwasher, though. It must be a woman, thing.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed to all that, as to your final point, yes, It is completely a woman thing.

JuliaM said...

We got one free with our kitchen. Can't say it's ever had heavy use, except on Sundays and after parties. As you say, much quicker to wash up normally all other times.

It does put a nice shine on your glasses though!

JuliaM said...

That's drinking glasses, naturally! Don't put your Raybans in there, whatever you do...:)

TheFatBigot said...

Not just a woman thing, Mr Stan, it works for fat middle aged blokes too.

It is true that sometimes rinsing is required. But that's rinsing, it's not washing and drying. Contrary to your patently flawed argument the labour saving element is substantial.

Are you really saying that occasional rinsing combined with loading and unloading the machine amounts to more manual work than washing it all by hand? Utter nonsense. You have to load and unload the sink or bowl (according to preference) in which you wash dishes by hand so there's no difference there.

The true comparison is between rinsing some things and washing everything.

Your hatred of these wonderful machines is truly irrational.

AgainsTTheWall said...

The DW gets my vote too. The dishes get washed in clean water at a high temp and finally get a good rinse. Handwashing cant match this level of hygiene.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

And in fact, they don't even use as much hot water as washing up by hand.

So even if you're not an Eco-nut, it lowers your fuel bills.

Stan said...

Sorry Against The Wall, but I have never ever got sick as the result of eating off a plate I'd hand washed.

Hygiene? Man, that's the power of advertising!

WY - I'm not an eco-nut, but surely a dishwasher running for 2 and a half hours is going to be using up a fair bit more electricity than a 15 minute hand wash? Next time Mrs Stan uses it I think I'll check the meter - I bet it starts spinning like a top! I know that is true of the washing machine.