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5 Best Reasons to Use a Dishwasher

It’s not like most people need to search for reasons to use dishwashers. Let’s face it, when it comes to much-loved home appliances, dishwashers are one of the top items. And for good reason. There are genuine benefits to using dishwashers over hand washing dishes.

Most of those reasons go far beyond “I can’t be bothered doing the dishes”. So let’s take a look at the 5 best reasons to load a pile of dirty dishes, bowls, glasses, mugs and utensils into your kitchen’s dishwasher.

1. Dishwashers Clean Better

One of the main gathering spots for germs in the household is the kitchen sink. It’s even worse than the bathroom. Sadly, when you’re hand washing dishes in tepid hot water and detergent, you’re essentially giving them a bath in germ water. Sponges are also breeding grounds for bacteria as they usually remain moist after use.

To properly kill off germs on your dishes you need extremely hot water that reaches at least 63 degrees Celsius. If you attempt hand washing in water this hot, you will suffer serious burns.

But dishwashers will easily reach these temperatures to properly sanitise your dishes, giving it considerably more cleaning power. And it only uses water, not dirty sponges, to clean.
Dishwashers also remove tough stains using high-pressure water jets. Just make sure you scrape leftover food into the bin before stacking the plate in the dishwasher.

2. Dishwashers Use Less Water

Older dishwashers used a lot of water and power, but modern versions are actually more efficient than hand washing. It may be hard to believe, but a dishwasher uses less water than filling a sink and washing by hand.

Just remember that while dishwashers are bigger than kitchen sinks, they never fill with water. A dishwasher has a large capacity so you can fill it with dishes, bowls, mugs and so on, but water usage is actually quite efficient.

A dishwasher load uses about 11 litres of water, while a kitchen sink holds up to 20 litres. This is made worse if you hand wash more than once a day, instead of stacking dishes in the dishwasher for one wash at the end of the day. So dishwashers are better for the environment, and you’ll eventually see the savings in your water bills.

3. Your Kitchen Stays Neat and Tidy

Most people don’t wash their dishes, bowls, glasses and mugs as they use them. Usually, these items pile up either in or beside the sink. This can happen over the course of a day, or even longer, and it can get messy in no time.

But if you and other members of the household get into the habit of stacking dishes into the dishwasher as you go, you can keep a clutter-free kitchen. Is there really much difference between putting an item into a dishwasher or piling it up near the sink? Effort-wise, it’s almost the same thing.

4. Dishwashers Save Time

Some people will argue that hand washing dishes is quicker than using a dishwasher, particularly given that some people rinse off dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. If you’re rinsing the dish, why not just wash it? Aside from the lack of hygiene, the fact is you don’t need to rinse plates and glasses before putting them in the dishwasher.

The time factor is considerable as well. Dishwashers save a great deal of effort, for a start, and then there’s the time it takes to fill a sink with hot water. There’s no question the time spent loading a dishwasher and turning it on is a good deal less than doing two or three hand-washing sessions in a day.

5. Dishwashers Are Ideal for Socialising

It doesn’t matter if you’re having friends around for a dinner party or you just want to spend more time with your family, the ease of using dishwashers will free you up. First of all, do you want your guests to arrive to see a clutter-free kitchen or a mess of dirty dishes? That’s one of the advantages of putting used dishes in the dishwasher as you go.

It’s easy to quickly stack dishes and utensils in the dishwasher at the end of the meal so you’re free to socialise. Plus, at the end of the evening, you’re not facing a pile of dirty plates, bowls and wine glasses that you just don’t want to deal with.

A Clean Outcome

Never feel guilty or lazy about not wanting to do the dishes. Washing dishes by hand can be a thing of the past. Dishwashers are designed to take the pressure off you so you can put your feet up while they do the work. And to summarise, your dishwasher will:

  • Conserve water and energy
  • Save you money
  • Kill germs and wash dishes better
  • Give you more free time
  • Help to keep your kitchen clutter-free

Remember, you’ll need a fully qualified electrician or plumber to install a dishwasher.

Published: 2022-08-16

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