The past few months I have noticed a big issue with my dishwasher. The problem: it doesn't seem to clean anything. I have rinsed, scrubbed, and all that fun stuff. It just doesn't work. Yes, I have tried to clean it with vinegar, baking powder and the like. It just doesn't want to work for me. Last night I got in this crazy cleaning mood and decided to finally tackle the dishes. I scrubbed and got really into it. I could have shelled out the money to get it fixed/services, but something magical happened when I was doing dishes. I was actually happy. It brought back so many memories of when I was young and helping my grandma do dishes.
My grandparents have never had a dishwasher. Dishes have always been hand washed and dried. I always thought that was really odd growing up. I thought how weird and old they must be. I HATED doing dishes, but when Grandma was in the kitchen helping, it sure made it more enjoyable. We would talk and catch up on life. Dishes came out much cleaner than if you threw it in a dishwasher.
They were cleaned with hard working hands. Grandma made sure to teach you not to use too much soap, dry them to avoid water spots, scrubbing the correct way, and how to put it all away in order. Larger plates always on bottom. By the end of doing dishes, always get a clean cup out and drink some water. It always happened! It wasn't even intentional. :)
Last night I thought long and hard after seeing all my trully clean dishes in the correct spots in the cupboards. I realized that hand washing dishes can be just fine for me for a bit. My dishes are MUCH cleaner being cleaned by hand. I will choose the frugal road here on this one.