Doing the Dishes



Ever since our dishwasher went on the blink and we were too busy to organise to be at home for an entire day to wait for the repair man to turn up, in that convenient window of “between 9 and 5”, we’ve been washing our dishes by hand.  For months.

And we love it.

We will eventually get the dishwasher repaired – maybe over the Xmas holidays when we’ve got time to be at home?  But in the meantime, we’re quite enjoying doing the dishes.

  • The dishes are actually CLEAN.  With our (very expensive and good quality brand) dishwasher, we used to have to practically wash everything first and then wash it again afterwards.  We tried different tabs, dishwasher cleansers, vinegar in the rinse cycle … You name it, we tried it.
  • There is something (OK, a very small something) a little bit romantic about doing the dishes together and engaging in a little kitchen banter.  You know what they say about housework being an aphrodisiac?  When not performed by yourself, but your partner?  So works.
  • It is teaching Boyo responsibility and about family teamwork, and that not every chore you means you get paid.  Also saves me from washing AND drying AND putting away.  This is not to be underestimated.

I have no plans to give up my washing machine and launder by hand, nor do I particularly wish to cook over an open fire in the back garden, but a little technological fail is actually a good thing.  For our family.  For a while.

Now, who wants to dry?



  • Natalie - 10 October 2012 - 3.01 pm

    We ran out of powder for our dish washer on the weekend, and I didn’t do the shopping until today. WonderMan washed all the dishes by hand for a few nights and suddenly – they were properly done and put away! When the dishwasher is running he stacks it, and leaves all the extras (things that I don’t want to go in the dishwasher) on the sink. He also doesn’t clean the benches. It’s been much better having them done by hand but I don’t want to push my luck too far, he loves the dishwasher a lot 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tam - 10 October 2012 - 7.23 am

    Our dishwasher spectacularly blew up over two years ago, and we decided it wasn’t a priority to replace it. Washing by hand isn’t that bad at all. I usually do the dishes while the hubs bathes/showers the kids. I get a bit of peace and quiet then, which is always a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ TheKidsAreAllRight - 9 October 2012 - 10.22 pm

    Our dishwasher broke down last week too! I didn’t mind handwashing for about three days, and then I got over it. The worse things was the dishpan hands because I wouldn’t wear gloves when it was just a small wash-up (we’d do lots of small wash-ups to keep on top of things). But then my husband fixed it, which is almost as good to watch as watching your husband do the washing up.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 October 2012 - 8.15 pm

      I must remember to put my gloves on. So much drama for the little jobs though, and it is easier to do lots of little ones, I agree.ReplyCancel

  • Jacana - 9 October 2012 - 8.36 pm

    What a great opportunity for quality time. I totally get what you mean about the dishwasher never getting it as clean as you do by hand.ReplyCancel

  • always Josefa - 9 October 2012 - 4.56 pm

    love this, and the sink is fascinating! i quite like when life turns things around on you in ways you never expected xxxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 October 2012 - 8.16 pm

      Always nice to find something a little unexpected in something so mundanely necessary!ReplyCancel

  • Rita - 9 October 2012 - 3.44 pm

    How gorgeous is that sink! I actually don’t mind doing the dishes. I have a dishwasher only since I married two years ago. My mother was the kind of person who didn’t trust dishwasher!ReplyCancel

  • Three Quarters Full - 9 October 2012 - 12.37 pm

    Oh I want that sink, how gorgeous. We have a dishwasher but there are still plenty of items that we have to wash by hand, I don’t mind it and I think it’s a great way for kids to get involved in household clean up.ReplyCancel

  • B - 9 October 2012 - 10.32 am

    Oh – I love this! We don’t have a dishwasher, Mr Cool and I do the dishes together every night. It is a good time to chat and catch up and discuss things coming up.

    Then… after that – he can stop talking and leave me alone to read/write blogs!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - 9 October 2012 - 10.17 am

    i hate washing up.. but when I do do it (like when things dont fit in the dishwasher)… i have to wear gloves.. pink ones with black fluffy feathers on the end 😛ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 9 October 2012 - 4.12 pm

      I have purple gloves but ones with feathers might add a touch of much needed glamour! XReplyCancel

  • Rhianna - 9 October 2012 - 10.00 am

    Some of my fondest memories are of Mr Awesome and I doing the dishes together as young teens. Oh it was so romantic. I will be showing him this post as he currently want a dishwasher and I don’t
    Fairy wishes as butterfly kisses #teamibotReplyCancel

  • mumabulous - 9 October 2012 - 9.19 am

    Your family helps you with the house hold chores? Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia // She's Sonic - 9 October 2012 - 9.09 am

    I love the conversations that take place during otherwise mundane domestic activities (cooking, doing the dishes, showering)…it creates a special kind of connection with your loved one. xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 9 October 2012 - 4.14 pm

      I often have a chat to the Welshman when he’s cooking but I also get told off for getting in his way!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda @ Shop Me Chic - 9 October 2012 - 8.52 am

    We don’t have a dishwasher (!) so we always wash the dishes by hand. Generally, because I cook, Mr will wash up though I usually stand in the kitchen and chat to him while he does it. Sometimes we listen to music and do a little dancing (silly as that sounds!). ReplyCancel

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