A dishwasher is a convenient tool to use on occasion, such as a house party, where there are lots of people, food and drinks. When the party is over, it is easy to load the machine with dirty dishes, press a button, and voilà – everything is clean and shiny in about an hour. That is the only time I believe a dishwasher can be very useful. Using a dishwasher in all other situations is pointless in my opinion. From personal experience, using a dishwasher regularly, in a household of two to four people, serves no purpose. It can actually be an inconvenience when you need a kitchen tool that is sitting in a dishwasher full of dirty dishes (some people wait days for the machine to fill up before they run it). To add to the downsides of using a dishwasher on a regular basis, is that it teaches us a not-so-good habit – leaving a dirty plate dirty (although leaving a dirty plate on the table is much worse than leaving it in the sink or dishwasher).
Wash Your Plate When Done Eating
One of the best habits to have is to hand wash our dishes immediately after finishing a meal. It just makes so much sense and makes life much easier. When you are done with a meal, simply take your plate or bowl, glass, and silverware to the kitchen sink, gracefully wash them, and set on the drain board. To me, this very act is a spiritual practice that beautifully completes the ritual of consuming food (nourishing our bodies). I feel that it is also important to teach this to our children, so that it becomes something natural for them also.
Reduce Your Kitchenware
Count the number of people in your household and then count the number of plates, bowls, utensils, cups, glasses, and other kitchen tools that you own. If you come to a conclusion that the ratio doesn’t make sense, you may want to consider reducing the amount of kitchenware that you possess. Personally, I own one bamboo bowl that I use for all of my meals, and one cup for liquids. Since most of my meals consist of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, I often eat with my fingers. I have found that when we eliminate the metal tools we use to put food in our mouths, eating becomes a true spiritual experience. Eating with the hands allows us to connect better with the food and can also assist us in controlling the amount of food that we put into our mouth at a time.
A lot of times, going back to basics helps to make our lives much more practical, simple, and holistic.