The main thing many people dread after cooking up a storm is the aftermath — washing the stack of pots and plates lying in the sink. Not only does hand-washing your dishes take up a lot of time and effort, you also have to worry about broken plates and being in constant contact with chemicals from your dish soap. Here, we have come up with 4 reasons why it is worth investing in a dishwasher for your family.
1. More hygienic
Old sponges are hotbeds for E.coli and Salmonella — common bacteria which cause food poisoning. Unlike washing dishes by hand, a dishwasher kills germs with heated water. The HygienePlus option on Bosch dishwashers, for example, is an antibacterial cleaning function which ensures maximum hygiene by killing 99.9% of germs. This is achieved by rinsing dishes at a higher temperature of up to 70°C, sustained for approximately 10 minutes. This helps to keep your kitchenware much more sanitary, which is important for young children or family members who have allergies.
2. Cleans tough stains and hard-to-reach areas
Your tantalising tray of lasagna may be polished off someone’s plate in 5 minutes, but the cleaning up could take twice the time or even longer. The time spent scraping hardened cheese off the bottom of the plate makes cooking less of a joy than it really should be. Dishwashers remove tough stains with their internal high-pressured water jets — so all you need to do is to tip any leftover food from your plates into the bin. Other items such as wine glasses, beer glasses and baby bottles can also be cleaned thoroughly with the help of a dishwasher, as it’s able to reach all nooks and crannies.
3. Less Housework
Let your dishwasher do the dirty work and get out of your kitchen fast to do things you enjoy doing. All you need to do is load it with your dirty dishes and cutleries, making your job easy and hassle-free. For house parties and family gatherings where more cutleries are used, a dishwasher can most definitely clean faster than hand-washing.
4. Saves Water
Wondering how much water hand-washing a full dishwasher load would take? You will be surprised at the answer — it actually uses around 40 litres of water. This means you would save up to 33.5 litres of water per rinse cycle as compared to washing your dishes under running water, which gives you enough water for one extra bath every week!
The most resource-efficient dishwashers, like the Bosch ActiveWater dishwasher, use as little as 7 litres per full load (depending on selected wash programme). Its Standard Economy 50°C wash programme multiplies the cleaning power of every drop of water by 400 times. Water from the final rinse is stored in the water storage tank and reused for the next wash during the pre-rinse cycle. This saves an additional 2.5 litres of water.