Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dishwasher = ♥

I, Alicia Arinella, have an unnatural attachment to my dishwasher. I love it. Having grown up with a dishwasher, I took it for granted. I never knew how wonderful this invention was until I moved into an apartment with NO DISHWASHER. It almost sounds like a swear. No Dishwasher. It makes me shudder.

I want to take a moment and give a big old shout out to Josephine Cochran. That's right - a pretty savvy lady invented the dishwasher and unveiled it at the 1893 World's Fair. Even though restaurants and hotels bought her invention, it didn't take off for home use until the 1950's.

Now, no offense to people who like the rhythm of hand washing dishes. I have plenty of dishes that have to be washed by hand, but for most of my things, I use the dishwasher. I'm pretty attached. Sometimes I feel like Donna Reed, so happy that I have an appliance in my home.

But lately, I think my dishwasher is sick. She's not cleaning as she used to, and that makes me worried. I know that she works hard. We like to go through dishes around here. With upwards of four people eating lunch here every day and two eating breakfast and dinner, she has her work cut out for her. I know that a dishwasher can use less water than washing dishes by hand if you run it when it's full. But what if it's not running properly?

I'll tell you. If it's not running properly, you have to rewash dishes and that's unacceptable! To wash things twice? Not only is that ridiculous but I'm wasting water. So I pledge to get a new one. I have found some pretty inexpensive ones that are Energy Star Certified. Even though the process of researching, buying and installing a new dishwasher takes more than a minute, I think that it's important to save the water, so I'm taking in on.

How about yours?
Let me know - Alicia

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