That seemingly, never-ending pile of dirty dishes doesn’t have to be a boring task to dread. When I see a large stack of dirty dishes my first reaction is to groan and want to put off the chore but once I start I love the almost meditative process of washing dishes.
There might be a bit of a child still inside this body who loves playing in soapy water. Lord, knows I hate when one of the grand children decide they want to take over this job.
A friend taught me how to enjoy washing dishes. Step one, kick everyone else out of the room. She would inform her family this was her alone time. She then threatened her family by telling them if any one of them came to the kitchen or tried to talk to her while she was washing the dishes they would have to dry and put the dishes away. It worked every time and got to the point that she no longer had to warn them, if one person walked into the kitchen and saw her at the sink they would turn and leave upon warning the rest of the household not to enter the kitchen.
Until I moved into this house there were only three and a half years that I ever had a dishwasher in my kitchen, and I never bothered to turn it on and because I never used it, and because my son is very ADD, it took two years before he realized we had a dishwasher in our kitchen. 🙂
I will always enjoy that meditative process of wiping down the dishes, the feel of the hot water on my hands, even the process of drying dishes but there are times I stack the dishwasher and let it do the work for me now. It’s just not as much fun to wash a large amount of dishes from a seated position.
The problems I ran into when using the dishwasher were the cost of the detergent and the ingredients. Most commercial brands contain bleach which my lungs can’t tolerate. To use them I need to leave the house while the dishwasher is running or have problems breathing. Instead, I purchased a package of Mrs. Meyer’s dishwasher tabs but these are encased in plastic which I wasn’t happy about, nor did I like the price. $15 for a small package of 20 tabs. What’s a gal to do? Well, make her own for pennies a load.
I found the recipe for this dishwasher powder on Pinterest (sorry I don’t have a link for you). It’s a simple recipe.
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup washing powder
10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)
That’s it. Takes just minutes to measure and prepare. To use simply add approximately a tablespoon of powder in the compartment of your dishwasher and run as normal. I store mine in a clean glass spaghetti sauce jar. It works wonderfully, saves me money, and eliminates the guilt of having plastic enter the water system. In full disclosure, being a vegetarian I don’t have caked on messes or greasy pots and plates so I can’t tell you how this works on them.
Do you enjoy washing dishes?