Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Washing by Hand {SOL 10.4.16}

We have a dishwasher, but I find myself using it less and less these days.

I have come to enjoy washing dishes by hand.

If I have the time, I will fill the sink with hot, sudsy water and wash away! There's a certain satisfaction that comes from swirling the washcloth around a plate, rinsing it clean, and setting it to drain and dry.

I find it comforting, almost meditative. It gives me time to think about what I just prepared and who I made it for. What will I serve with it? How long do I have to wait to try it?

Plus, there's something soothing that comes from dipping your hands into the hot water, especially on cold days.

You just can't get that from a dishwasher.


  1. Oh my goodness, I love washing dishes too. I find it relaxing. It reminds me of childhood. LOVE this post!

  2. Such an interesting slice! I can't say that I am a fan of washing dishes by hand but you may have just convinced me to give it a try. Great slice and I love your new teaching blog too!

  3. I like washing dishes by hand if I have a partner to do it with. Otherwise, I want to shove them in the dishwasher and get out of the kitchen! My mother-in-law would agree with you though.

  4. I empathize with the meditative quality of repetitive tasks like this, Jennifer. Though, if given the choice between being the cook or the cleaner, I'll always take the former role :)

  5. I have so few dishes most of the time that I too wash by hand, Jennifer. There is a sense of mediating as I do it, a wandering through my thoughts. Thanks for sharing your ideas about it.

  6. We didn't have a dishwasher growing up. It was one of the jobs my sister and I had to do around the house. Every once in a while though, my mom would let us off the hook. She'd simply say she liked soaking her hands. As an adult, before I got my first dishwasher, I, too liked to soak my hands, staring out the kitchen window. I finally understood what my mother meant.


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