Monday, November 05, 2012

NaBloPoMo day 5: Australians wash their dishes HOW?

While we were home in the US, I was doing some dishes. You know, how people do dishes right?

I filled up the sink with water and squirt or three (I like it sudsy) of soap and got to scrubbing. I then would put the dishes in the dish rack. My brother came over to me a bit horrified and said "you know...oh wait, I see, you'll rinse them all separately?"

And that's when I flashed backed to when I first came to Australia and I'd see my friends do dishes and they would just take the soapy dishes and put them on the dish rack and then dry them with a tea towel and I thought they were crazy because HELLO RINSING.

Fast forward to now, and that's how I wash my dishes too.

Well, my friends, you should have seen the uproar this caused in my household. The Australians defending their dish washing position and the Americans horrified by the lack of rinsing. HORRIFIED.

And then neither of side could drop it and it was brought up continuously throughout the trip.

I think we finally came to some agreement though: The important thing is that they are dried or rinsed immediately.  Australians may not rinse but they dry immediately. Where Americans seem to be less obsessive about the drying immediately and it's the rinse that's important.

How do you wash your dishes?

25 comments:

  1. I remember immigrating to Australia EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO (eeeeek!) and seeing this, and...well.

    I still think it's crazy. I don't think YOU'RE crazy, obviously (bwah!), or the people who do it.

    But...the hot water rinse! It's integral, isn't it? RRRRRRINSE!

    Otherwise, I mean, if you keep dipping the dishes into that same hot soapy water, scrubbing with the sponge in the water, then...what about all the floaty bits from food remnants? I mean, that becomes part of the sudsy hot water that's "cleaning" the dishes.

    ::shudder::

    Heheheheh. :D

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  2. I guess we Australian-born grew up conserving water more? Also, not every house has a double sink for rinsing... like my current flat.

    I figure, if the water is burning hot and there is a modest amount of suds and scrubbing, then the dishes will be food and germ free.

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  3. Max does this too! It's why I banned him from doing the dishes (which he was secretly thrilled about, I'm sure). I watched him (and his mom) do dishes on many occasions when I first moved to France, and I was shocked that he didn't rinse the soap off before putting the dish in the drying rack. French DON'T dry right away either, so it wasn't surprising that I'd get a soap taste in my mouth when drinking out of a glass from the cupboard.

    I think not rinsing is weird. And wrong. But then again, how many people are actually still doing dishes by hand these days? Everyone I know (except maybe me and you, lol) seems to have a dishwasher!

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  4. How funny.

    I'm agree with Kate Campbell. I grew up on a farm and lived through some severe droughts. We only had tank water so rinsing dishes would have been a terrible waste. I think that kind of thing stays with you. Even when there's no drought, I'm still careful with water.

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  5. Haha! Well, I use a dishwasher! BUT I still rinse all dishes prior to going in as the thought of dirty food whizzing round the machine sickens me. When I wash my hand I usually rinse off suds.

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  6. Oh wow..I had no idea. We are rinse a-holics here in the heartland.

    The thing here..Mom and Dad have an on going battle about how hot the water needs to be for the rinsing.

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  7. Nope, I'm on your side..
    At home we always had a dishwasher so it didn't matter but in my place now, they HAVE to be rinsed as well ( and dried instantly) I can't stand the thought of excessive suds.

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  8. Erm, we definitely rinse out dishes here in SA!

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  9. I'm with the Australians on this one. Rinsing is a waste of water, espcially if you regularly experience droughts! I find that as long as you scrape all (and I mean all) bits of food off the plates and into the bin first then it is fine and the water stays clean. But if I do feel the need to rinse, I just fill a jug with hot water and pour it over the dishes on the drainer. That way I'm not running lots of excess water that will be wasted :)

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  10. I am the epitome of a lazy American, I guess. Unless it's some odd-ball piece that can't go in the dishwasher, EVERYTHING gets washed in there.

    However, I completely agree with Pretzel Thief. Thinking about the little food particles adhering to the plates after you wash them makes me a definite on the dishes-need-rinsing team!

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  11. This is one of the things that drove me crazy in Oz and I was never able to get used to. Definitely had a few mini-debates over it too O:-)

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  12. I guess that's fine if you're ok with EATING SOAP!

    (Sorry, I guess I'm not as ok with it as I thought.)

    Would you wash your hands and then just dry them without rinsing? Would you leave the shower with a head full of shampoo lather? This whole thing is freaking me out!

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  13. I have to admit that I'm a big horrified by that dishwashing method too... I mean what if you were cutting raw meat with a knife and plate...yikes!

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  14. This is very interesting and funny to be caught in the middle. :) Luckily, the husband and I have the same washing routine, except that I started using hot water for rinsing.

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  15. I hate cilantro because I think it tastes like soap, and I'm sort of now imagining that all Australian dishes have a slight taste of cilantro to them.

    RINSE!

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  16. I'm a little confused... you leave the soapy residue on the dishes? Even with drying, it seems like the food would still end up tasting a little bit like soap? Maybe this is why I don't handwash, LOL.

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  17. When I came to the NL 21+ years ago I also found the no-rinse method rather horrifying. Then I got used to it. But when I went back to the US I resumed the wash-then-rinse standard I was raised with. I still use that method even though I'm back in the NL. It's what I know. However, I have no opinion whatsoever with regards to drying. Dishes can sit for a week in the drying rack (and very often do) for all I care!

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  18. I haven't heard of the no rinsing thing. Does the towel get soapy? Or do you just use it for one load?

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  19. I have always used a dishwasher. I think I'd have to vote for rinsing, though. I get freaked out at the thought of eating whatever chemicals are in dish soap fragrance.

    [My parents fill up one side of the sink with soapy water, one side with a small amount of hot "rinse" water, AND put their dishes in the dishwasher, which I find ridiculous. But... old people, y'know?]

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  20. great way to participate in NaNoWriMo!! :) I'm the worst at washing dishes... I kind of just - avoid them ;)

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  21. I used to be a rinser but, you know, drought!

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  22. I used to be a rinser but, you know, drought!

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  23. How I've seen some Chileans wash dishes.
    1. Wet dish.
    2. Skip soap and hot water entirely.
    3. PLace it on the rack to dry with grease and fingerprints still on it.
    I am not kidding and I have seen more than one family use it that way. Those same families only wash dishes after big meals, but breakfast dishes rarely get thoroughly washed. FUN!

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  24. We rinse in my house, where air-drying is all the rage. The "rinsing" really just means a quick burst from the tap, which goes straight into the sudsy water anyway. I grew up rinsing, though, even though we lived on tank water.

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  25. I never knew there was so much that can go into washing dishes! I don't take part in that particular job... that privilege belongs to Ammon, but he has some over the top 4-step restaurant style approach to dishwashing.

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