Should You Wash Dishes by Hand?

wash dishes by handShould you wash dishes by hand or leave the work to the dishwashing machine? We are actually advocates of the latter, which we’ll explain below. This is why we recommend every residence should have—and use—a functioning dishwasher.

What’s Wrong with Washing Dishes by Hand?

We are not against dish washing by hand. We just believe using a machine is more beneficial in the long run. Here are a few reasons for relying on a washer.

1. No Need for a Sponge

Just because you pour detergent on a sponge does not mean it’s clean. Here is a startling fact: 10 million bacteria reside in every cubic inch of a sponge. This makes it dirtier than a toilet seat. You can bet that some of that bacteria transfers to the dishes and utensils during washing.

2. You Save Money

Many homeowners choose to wash dishes by hand believing they’ll save water. This was true in the past. However, modern dishwashers use far fewer gallons compared to washers of decade’s past. In fact, modern washers require less water compared to handwashing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners save 5,000 gallons of water and $40 every year when using an Energy Star-compliant washer.

3. You Save Time

Washing dishes three time a day is a hassle, especially if you have a large household. Can you imagine what you can do with an extra 30-minutes a day away from the sink? You can take up a whole new hobby or just kick your feet up and relax.

We Install and Repair Dishwashers

South County Plumbing does installations for both residences and commercial kitchens. Our emergency plumbing also covers sudden dishwasher malfunctions. While a washer can be an expensive investment, it will save you money and time in the long haul. Washing dishes by hand is fine, but a more efficient means is available.

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