It seems that all appliances have a life cycle anymore. And it's usually shorter than you might think. In the past few years we've replaced washing machines and dryers, refrigerators, TV's and PC's.
Last weekend, our 13 year old dishwasher started to make a horrible "I'm about to die" noise. I let it complete it's cycle so all the water would drain, emptied it, and rolled out the police tape.
"What happened?" SM inquired.
"Didn't you hear it? I asked, knowing full well that SM was napping in the lazy boy. "It's dying. Making a loud, grinding noise."
"I'll start researching dishwashers then." SM replied heading over to the computer.
"Can't Bob come out and fix it?" I asked. (Bob is our small appliance repair guy. We were on a retainer with him for a few years nursing our old washer and dryer. Bob's fees usually run $75-$100 to come out and fix whatever needs fixing.)
"It's not worth it. It'll cost $100 bucks to fix it and I can buy a new one for $300." SM decided.
"Well, if you want to, why don't we just leave it alone for now. I don't mind hand washing the dishes and if you think about it, we'll use less water doing it by hand than letting it run though it's cycles. Less electricity too." I contended.
"We don't use the dishwasher THAT often." SM countered. "Plus, I like the idea of sterilizing the dishes. You don't get that when you do them by hand."
"We both grew up without dishwashers and we're both still here to talk about it. Somehow I think we'll survive." I offered.
So this past week, I've been hand washing the dishes.
I remember washing the dishes as a kid. I also remember always having dishwashers in our homes as I grew up and became an adult. When you have a large family with constant dishes getting dirty, I can see how appealing a dishwasher could be.
But it's just the two of us and I really only cook during the weekends anymore. During the week the only dishes that get dirty are glasses, plates and silverware. Those are easy enough to wash up quickly. And even if I do a TON of cooking on the weekends, I still have the time to wash up.
I'm starting to think that having a dishwasher is not a necessity in my life. It's a lazy way to postpone something that can be whipped out in 5 or 10 minutes easily enough.
We'll see. SM usually wins these types of electronic debates. In his mind a home should have a dishwasher. If I was selling the house, I'd agree with him. But right now? With just the two of us?
For now, I'm kind of OK with my dishpan hands.