It originated with my frustration over having to basically wash the dishes before they’re put into the dishwasher – what? You know, the pre-wash ritual we all do before the dishwasher, so there’s no food residue remaining when the cycle is complete!
This has always seemed counter productive to me. Why should I wash a dish before placing it in the dishwasher. That seemed to be to be a dishwasher that was a slacker, if I was having to do it’s job.
So I decided for a month to do all our dishes by hand. Instead of a true pre-wash before the dishwasher I just squirted some soap on the plate and presto, dishes were washed. As soon as we used a dish I would wash them and dry them. It was a dream come true. No soaking dishes, no pre-wash ritual, no unloading the dishwasher – a dream come true. Or so one would like to believe. Even though I was doing all the dishes, my wife put the ole kabash on my experiment claiming that the dishwasher killed the bacteria as well due to high heat. I countered by thinking that over the life of my experiment that I had, and she had, remained perfectly healthy! OK, maybe the long term effects have not been revealed but I’m sticking with this was a great experiment!