Saturday, August 15, 2009
An Inconvenient Convenience & a Reader Question
I have a love/hate relationship with our dishwasher, or any dishwasher for that matter. The convenience, of course, is nice, and loading it is easy. But, my least favorite chore is to empty the dishwasher. I can't stand it. Bring on the toilets, let me scrub the floors, but please don't make me empty the dishwasher.
It wouldn't be so bad if I could just take the dishes out and put them away. However, inevitably there are dishes that are still wet and need to be dried, or worse, still dirty and need to be washed. Washed?! Didn't they just go through a high heat washing and drying cycle? What's worse is that once they've gone through the cycle and come out the other end still dirty, the food is now a part of the dish itself and must be chisled off. Hand me a dirty dish that has already been through the dishwasher and it is lucky to make it back into the cabinet. I'd almost rather throw it away. Seriously. Wasn't the purpose for putting it in the dishwasher for it to come out clean? This only means I'll have to spend more time cleaning something that would have taken less time to wash by hand in the first place. Would this mean that I should just forget the dishwasher altogether and simply wash by hand? I'm not sure I'd go that far...
Unfortunately, and I suppose in a sense, ironically, once the dishwasher has completed a cycle I like to get the dishes out and put away so I can start filling it again. Lucky for me I have a husband who knows of this love/hate relationship and will take on this horrid task, but there are times when he is not around and to avoid keeping dishes from sitting in the sink, I have to get the clean ones out of the dishwasher. And so the process starts.
So, this begs the question, what is YOUR least favorite household chore?
I promise I am thankful for the convenience a dishwasher provides (for I have lived without one), but I am even more thankful for a husband who offers to empty it whenever possible.