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Do You Hate Doing the Dishes?

Updated on June 10, 2015

Why does everyone hate doing the dishes?

I have to say straight away that I'm astonished by this. I recently wrote about how easy it is to do the dishes by hand and here I am writing about the same subject.

But believe me, I'm no domestic goddess. I never thought that it was a subject I would write about once, never mind twice.

Yet it amazes me to discover that without fail, it seems that everyone hates doing the dishes.This really surprises me because there are lots of household jobs that are much nastier (cleaning the toilet, anyone?)

I like to think that I'm about as far removed from a 'good housewife' as a gorilla. On good days, I even think I'm a bit smart. But spending a few minutes day doing the dishes doesn't make me into a Stepford wife and I'm convinced it saves me money.Where do you stand on the subject? Are you happy to do this dishes or are you devoted to your dishwasher? Let me know in the comments below.

This is why people hate doing the dishes


Believe me, much as I don't mind doing the dishes, I wouldn't want to tackle that little lot.But the reason for that is because it's so disorganised. Well, quite revolting really.

The yuk factor

  • There is plastic bottle in there. Yuk. This is something I've had to have serious words with himself about. 'Look' I've said (repeatedly) 'the sink is not a garbage can'. I think that the message is finally getting home to him but I still find the occasional soggy teabag in there.
  • Just below the plastic bottle,I can see ... well, I'm not sure what but it shouldn't be there. Is it a wrapper from one of those individual pats of butter? Whatever, it has no business being in the sink.
  • I can see at least two pieces of glassware that have been used for something milky - possible ice cream. If milky glassware isn't rinsed at one, it's going to be almost impossible to clean.
  • A definite yuk - I can see old food on that plate.I can see cereal in that bowl. Oh dear. How hard is it to scrape or rinse dishes before throwing them (and these definitely seem to be thrown) into the sink?
  • I'm all for recycling and re-purposing and not throwing things out. So if the owner of this sink want to wash the disposable plastic cup, the plastic bags and what seems to be a margarine tub, that's fine. But look. There is margarine in that tub. Think what that's going to do when it meets hot water. Yep, a greasy slime that will go all over the rest of the pots. And why waste it? Wipe it out with a piece of paper towel and keep the paper towel in the fridge until later when you need to grease an oven dish.
  • I'm not germ-phobic but I do have my doubts about the bacteria level of those dish towels that are hanging there.
  • Speaking of germs,I bet that someone has put water into that casserole dish to 'soak' it. And I'll bet that there's water in the washing up bowl too. So what is that water doing? It combining itself with bits of yukky old food and becoming smelly and gungey and feeding a few families of happy bacteria.

But would this bother you?


This is what my sink looks like at the moment. It contains about twenty four hours-worth of dishes and utensils. But I've counted. I think that there are MORE items in my sink than there are in the first photograph. (The teapot won't fit in yet and I keep delicate glasses out of the scrum but they're lined up ready to be washed).

I know that it's 'just a pile of dishes' but I honestly wouldn't mind whoever saw my unwashed pots. If the first photograph was my house, I'd be too embarrassed to let anyone into my kitchen :)

I'm sure you agree.

Nothing gungey, gooky or squishy

The horrible thing about tackling the dishes in the first photograph is that really you don't know what's lurking in there. If there's a plastic bottle and a butter wrapper, the chances are that there's a used squishy teabag (ew) or a wet-through paper napkin (ew). You'd have to scrape off those dried cornflakes and that old cauliflower from the plate (ew).The chances are that there'd be gungey water in there with food remnants (ew). The pots and the silverware are ll mixed together which is a great recipe for cutting yourself on a sharp kitchen knife (ouch).My dishes are:

  • Free of hidden lumps of food
  • Dry with no dirty old stinky water
  • Ready to be quickly washed and rinsed
  • As neat and tidy as dirty dishes can be
  • Ready to 'just add water' - warm and bubbly - when I'm ready

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I was so horrified at the mess in that photograph that I missed that horrible stained chopping board.I imagine that to be the home of many a germ too. But look at this one - much, much better.



Everything in my washing up bowl has been scraped of food debris (I use bits of old paper) and rinsed in clean, cold water. But that doesn't mean that I'm wasting water by holding them under a running tap. I fill a large jug or oven dish and rinse them in there.Then I use the water for the houseplants or to water the garden :)

Are you up for dishwasher-free life?

If so, click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do the dishes in five minutes.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson

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      Dawn Romine 

      4 years ago from Nebraska

      I hate doing dishes for the top reason, it's like REALLY people we have a dishwasher for a reason, put things in the dishwasher, why is the sink full? My Mom had a sink like yours, but she did dishes several times a day. Me, I don't like doing that. She put a priority of doing dishes over playing with her grandkids who she only saw once every couple of years. AND she told me so. I don't mind doing dishes, and am very fast at it, so it's not too much of a chore, when it's just me.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Oh no!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @notsuperstitious1: Just fantasy - if all the dishwashers in the world stopped working, how much energy and water would be saved in the world?

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Me too :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: I think that if I had a busy household, I might change my mind :)

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Joanne Reid: Ew, three months! I admire you so much - that must have been so tricky. But there is a true satisfaction in doing the dishes by hand (unless I'm weird!)

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh, it's one of those things that I just have to do because I hate dirty dishes more than anything else.

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      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      We do not own a dishwasher. When we purchased our recent home, there was a dishwasher, but we had it removed and replaced with a much more needed pan drawer. We also rinse dishes before putting them into the sink for washing.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      4 years ago from Texas

      I really don't mind doing them.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm neutral on it - hate doing them when I don't feel like doing them! I guess that makes sense doesn't it - we have a dishwasher (a busy house, so we sure need one)

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      Joanne Reid 

      4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I love doing dishes. We have a dishwasher here in Elmira, PEI but in Mesa, it is all done by hand. It is something I like to do in the evening. It pleases me to wash dishes and let them air dry and put them away. One of the most fun declutter jobs I ever had involved dealing with a neighbor of a friend who was overwhelmed by her kitchen sink. She had not done dishes in three MONTHS. She was using plastic cutlery and paper plates. It took me almost four hours but it was so satisfying.


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