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Here’s why you need to stop washing your dishes by hand
Let the dishwasher do its job.
By Fiona MacDonald

It’s a very human trait to assume that, no matter how far we advance technology, machines will never be able to replace our skills. Take doing the dishes for example: the first dishwasher was built back in 1850, but more than 150 years later, and many of us still do our dishes ourselves, or at least take the time to pre-wash them before loading them into a dishwasher.

But according to the latest stats, modern dishwashers are now officially faster, more hygienic and way better for the environment that we’ll ever be. So maybe it’s finally time to give in and let the machines take over, as Chris Mooney writes over at The Washington Post this week.

Or as Consumer Reports puts it, it’s time to just “let the dishwasher do its job”.

There’s still the prevailing myth that washing by hand is cleaner and better for the environment - particularly if you manage to use just one sink-full of water for a whole family’s worth of dishes. But research shows that this isn’t the case anymore, with dishwashers becoming not only far cheaper to run, but also much more water- and energy-efficient.

“The next day commenced as before, getting up and dressing by rushlight; but this morning we were obliged to dispense with the ceremony of washing; the water in the pitchers was frozen.  A change had taken place in the weather the preceding evening, and a keen north-east wind, whistling through the crevices of our bedroom windows all night long, had made us shiver in our beds, and turned the contents of the ewers to ice.”
— Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre)