Is there any household appliance less trusted but more relied on than the dishwasher?
This thought came to me this morning as I was loading the breakfast dishes. We don’t, of course, put dirty dishes into our dishwasher, as that would be an abomination. Who knows what goes on inside of those things? They can’t possible work. I mean, you put the detergent into a little compartment in the door, and you might even put other stuff into a depression in that same door, and it all just drips or falls to the bottom of the machine when you close the door. So, what good is that? How does the dishwashing mechanism reconstruct the detergent in order to apply it to the dishes? No one knows.
Even How Stuff Works draws a blank when you ask about dishwashers. Doesn’t this worry anyone? Besides me, that is?
Anyway, we’ve come to an understanding with our dishwasher. We’ll put nothing but clean dishes in it, and it, in turn, will give them back no less clean. This arrangement seems to be pleasing to all concerned, and I recommend it to you.
Here’s another thing I’ve noticed, as long as we’re in the general vicinity of dishwashers. Our household uses more spoons — many more — than any other kitchen utensil. This morning, we used five (5) spoons for breakfast…and there are just two of us (on a good day).
This must not be a surprise to the utensil industry, however, as our set of “stainless” (isn’t that how you refer to your collective everyday eating utensils?) comes with more spoons than any other type (unless you add the number of short forks and long forks, but that’s not really apples and apples). Lucky for us.
Then there’s the rather annoying issue of glass- and plasticware with concave bottoms. It irks me to no end to have to dry every glass in the dishwasher again, because each one collected its own personal puddle. (Say, is a “plastic glass” an oxymoron?) So what we have is the situation where we have to wash our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and we have to dry them after taking them out. I think if we’d known in advance how this was going to work, we might have elected just to have a teenager, instead.
Finally, here’s a tip. Put your utensils in the dishwasher with the business end sticking up, except for pointy knives, which should have the sticking end pointing down. This seems to be counterintuitive to some people (well, not the knife part, surely), but…trust me on this…it works better this way.