Dishwashers or Hand Washers?
Like most people, Martin and I have done our fair share of dish washing. I’m pretty sure we’ve hated just about every minute of it, too. So while I’ve introduced you to our tiny oven/microwave combo, the 2-burner stove, and our dorm fridge, I haven’t shown you the Most Important Addition to our apartment: our dishwasher.
For as long as I’ve known, Germans have preferred to cover their appliances with cabinet fronts, which is a wonderful breath of fresh air from the stainless steel mania in the US. Lucky for you, this part of our kitchen is varnished, so maybe that makes looking at a wood-covered dishwasher a little more exciting as we remodel. You can probably guess that with a small kitchen, we can’t handle a dishwasher bigger than this half-sized fella. We don’t have room for something bigger OR enough dishes to fill it. We worship it just as it is.
The Age-Old Question: Should you use a dishwasher or hand wash to save energy (and money)?
Every so often, I read about women who claim they are saving money and water by washing dishes by hand. While this theory sounded very probable (especially when you have a water meter running beside you like we’ve got), I set out to find out what the most energy efficient method really was. The truth, of course, is that I want to be sure that my laziness is actually helping the planet. Let’s see:
Hand washing is more efficient when:
Dishwashers are more efficient when:
So I’ll give you a hint as to what wins over at our house every time:
The Old-Age Question: What do you do when a dishwasher goes Kaput?
Finally, where would we be on Making This Home if we didn’t talk about what to do with the old clunker? As previous used appliance hunters, take our word that dishwashers are the most sought after used appliance. When your dishwasher breaks or is ready to retire from your house, make sure you:
So there you have it. No more prune hands or doing dishes in the bathroom for us. Now we just need some inspiring meals to whip up. We’d love to know about the many ways you and your family test your dishwasher with yummy treats. There’s nothing like a little eye candy to get us drooling in the morning.