Some days it very tempting to avoid washing dishes until absolutely necessary. Don’t you agree? With our often hectic schedules, taking the time to stop and wash the ever-growing pile of platters sounds very unappealing. However, I have found that procrastinating on this chore is not worth it.
Why You Should Wash Dirty Dishes Right Away
1. The task is easier. If you wait until later to deal with the mess, you will have a pile of dirty dishes with food hardened on them. Who wants to deal with that? If you con’t have time to wash them all immediately, at least rinse them off well to avoid a difficult job later.
2. It will save you money. With a sticky, hardened mess, washing dishes will require more soap and hot water, which uses more energy. Not only will waiting cost you more money, it will cost you more time as you spend precious minutes scrubbing away at something that could have easily been rinsed off or washed earlier.
3. It promotes health. The longer dirty dishes sit around the more time bacteria has time to multiply. Not to mention the unpleasant odor that does along with it and the risk of attracting flies, roaches and other unwanted visitors. Yuck!
4. Your kitchen will look better. I have found that a clean sink and empty counter space can improve my mood and helps me feel more accomplished. Also, I don’t have to worry about visitors stopping by and finding a dirty kitchen.
5. Your family will thank you. (Or at least not complain as much!) Procrastinating this chore can lead to empty cabinets with no clean dishes. Avoid the irritation of having to quickly wash a pot in order to make dinner or search for a cup for your thirsty toddler.
Because of these very valid and important reasons, I am attempting to quickly hand wash the dishes after each meal, or at least rinse them off and get them into the dishwasher. I encourage you to try and do the same thing. I think you will find it to be well worth the effort.
How often do you wash dishes in your home?