I’ve been a bit lax with the blog schedule lately because I’ve been working on the invention of the century! No, of the millennium! Nay, of the history of the Earth!*

For years now I’ve spent some portion of every day using an absorbent material to clean and sanitize my dishes and cookware. How many minutes, hours, DAYS even have I spent splashing soapy water across my counters and into the floor because my sink was not large enough to hold the number of dishes two people manage to use in a day? How much of my life will I never get back because of this?

For ages I have thought there must be a better way, if only I could find it. Then, one afternoon, I was sitting absentmindedly in the living room listening to the soothing sound of the washing machine swish, swish, swish, swish, swishing the clothes around in the soapy water. Then the spin cycle came on.

And it hit me like a bucket of suds!

What if there were a machine, similar to a washing machine, that would clean dishes??!!!

Oh wow. My own genius overcame me. A machine, some sort of enclosed box, that could fill up with water, swish the dishes around and then dry them without breaking anything. Such a machine would need to have racks, of course, to hold the dishes steady while the water moved around them, and it would need to be able to heat the water hot enough to sanitize the dishes AND spray with enough force to scrub residue from the surfaces. Then some mechanism would have to be in place to safely drain the water and blow hot air to dry the dishes before they could be put away.

I’m still working out the kinks, but I’m thinking I might call it the BMW (Busy Mother’s Washer), although I’m still looking into the trademark rights. I thought about just calling it a dish washer, but it’s far too simplistic to just name something by its function, and what are my degrees for if not creativity?

*This post is, obviously, full of sarcasm. I haven’t had a dish washer since I left my parents’ house 4+ years ago and it is killing. me. slowly.


4 thoughts on “Eureka!

  1. I feel you…but there’s hope yet! Our place neither has nor has room for a dishwasher, and at first I thought there’d never been a worse tragedy. In fact I remember telling my husband that a dishwasher should probably go in some sort of pre-nuptial agreement, which he took to heart when were looking at the place we bought (“We can get one, don’t worry”). But after much consideration (and trial and error) I realized that we didn’t really need one, and we didn’t really have the space, and we’d just have to do without.

    So, instead, I bought a nice bamboo dish rack, some microfiber drying towels, some neat little bamboo storage boxes for utensils, and some fancy lemongrass dish soap. And you know what? Doing dishes by hand isn’t as bad as I’d remembered. 🙂 Having all my hand-selected tools of the trade right there at my fingertips really did make it a better experience. I spent maybe 2-3 doing “research” (aka online shopping) to get the things I wanted, and I now love pulling out (and putting away) my dish rack. Next on my list is a sponge holder, and I can’t wait. 🙂

    • Lol! It’s not as bad as I remember it, there’s just so much more than I remember! I am constantly amazed by how many dishes two people can use in a single meal – even a “one pot” meal. Ain’t nobody really got time for that!

  2. I finally got a dish washer after some 40 plus years of marriage. I still do most of my dishes by hand. I actually don’t mind doing them when it is just a small amount. I use it only when I have company and cook a lot.

  3. I suggest naming it swish splash Matthew. I am with Lennis, except I have had 2 in the last 38 years. The last one has hardly been used. I love washing dishes. Lennis they are great for storing extra clean dishes. Lol!! Hang in there Erin.

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