Guest Blog

Another guest blog from my friend, Tracy Farr. This guy needs to do stand-up comedy.

Why all the fuss?

Would somebody please tell me why it is necessary to wash off the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher to be washed? You save all your life for that wonderful house full of modern appliances that are supposed to make your life easier, but you still have to scrub the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. At least, that’s how it is in my house. And frankly, I think it’s a bit insane.

When I ask my wife why we have to do something so redundant, she gives me that you’re-just-a-guy look and points her finger in the “get out of my kitchen” direction. But I think it’s a legitimate question.

Do people warm up their leftover casserole in the oven before they heat it up in the microwave? I think not! Do people put their ice trays in the refrigerator to cool the water off before they put it in the freezer to make ice? Hardly! Is there a person alive who holds a piece of bread over an open flame to pre-toast the bread before they put it in the toaster? You’ve got to be kidding! So why do we have to pre-wash the dishes before sticking them in a machine that’s supposed to wash them?

There is no reason why a dishwasher should not be able to do the job it was meant do, unless it’s not a dishwasher problem, but instead – dare I say it – it’s a WOMAN problem.

WARNING: The following drivel is pure, 100 percent, male sexist propaganda that may cause my untimely death; but hey, you only live once!

Is it possible that we pre-wash dishes because women feel guilty about having a convenience that their mothers and grandmothers didn’t have? Is it possible that women don’t trust the dishwasher to get their dishes squeaky clean because it was invented by a man who probably never washed a dish in his life? Or is it possible that women just worry too much about little things like bits of dried food on a supposedly clean dish?

I think all you women folk out there should lighten up and wash the dishes the “I’m Just A Guy” way. Just throw those dishes in the machine, watch some NASCAR or change the oil in your car while you wait. Then when the dishes are done, toss those suckers into the cabinet. And if there is a bit of dried pork chops left on the plate, don’t worry about it! Just cover it up with a big spoonful of casserole at your next meal. Nobody will know the difference.

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5 thoughts on “Guest Blog”

  1. In my house, it’s just the opposite. My husband insists on getting the dishes perfectly clean before putting them in the dishwasher. I’m constantly asking him “Why do you think they call it a dishwasher, anyway?”

  2. If the men in my house would just give their dishes a quick rinse before plopping it on the counter or stacking them in the sink, there would be no need for pre-washing and no chance of baked-on food from the (old) dishwasher’s dry cycle (which no matter how many times I push air dry, it still heats to kiln temperature). My son likes to save a week’s worth of dishes and glasses in his room before bringing them out.

    Hmm. That sounds a bit rant-ish, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Grr. Ooh, I feel better now.

    Helen Ginger

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