Dishwasher Pros and Cons

Let “he” among us who doesn’t create dirty dishes cast the first stone; because basically, it boils down to this. We all eat; we all dirty our plates; and we all have to clean them….unless you’re Genghis Khan or a frat boy.

So, what’s the best way to do it…with a dishwasher or washing your dishes by hand? Here are a few of the pros and cons so you can decide:

With a dishwasher, you can save time and make life easier, especially when you prepare big meals and for large families. Today, dishwashers are easy to use and come in a variety of colors to compliment any kitchen. Did you know that when you wash dishes by hand, you can use anywhere from 13 to 30 gallons of water? That can add up to a bunch each month when it’s time to pay your utility bill. Dishwashers, believe it or not, can actually save water – particularly the newer models. Another very positive benefit in these precarious times is the higher temperatures dishwashers use to wash your dishes can keep your kitchen more sanitary and bacteria-free, and create an overall healthier environment for the people you love.

However, not rinsing your dishes well before you place them in the dishwasher can result in crusty, creepy stuff that is stuck to your dishes. Even if you rinse well before loading your dishwasher, some dishwashers just aren’t up to snuff and can yield the same results. Plus, dishwashers consume energy – more if you don’t have one with energy-efficient options. Of course, whichever model you choose, dishwashers cost money to purchase; and over time they may need repairs. Also, dishwashers are not totally labor-free. You still need to rinse, load and empty; and they can be overkill for single-person households.