No dishwasher? No problem! There are lots of ways to live without a dishwasher. Here you’ll find times and tricks for hand washing dishes without losing your mind.
Growing up without a dishwasher
We didn’t have a dishwasher when I was a kid. In our small home, we don’t have one now, either.
This has been an.. interesting experience. With 3 kids and feeding them non stop, there are ALWAYS dishes to wash. Thankfully, I find dish washing relaxing!
Granted, now that I’m washing about a million more dishes than ever before, it’s a bit more of a chore, but it is still a task that relaxes me.
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Some people think we are totally insane for not having one. How we can stay sane with three kiddos and washing dishes by hand.
I thought I would share some of the essentials for hand washing dishes and living without a dishwasher.
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Tips for Living Without a Dishwasher:
- Wash dishes after each meal. I know it sounds like such a pain. Washing dishes after every meal means your pile will never get to an unmanageable level where just the thought of doing your dishes makes you anxious.
- Go to bed with a clear sink and dish drain. Nothing is worse than waking up to a sink full of dishes or dishes that need to be put away. You’ll thank yourself in the morning handling it at night.
- Declutter your space. While it might be fun to make your sink all pretty with pictures and prints, the clutter can make your space overwhelming. Not to mention, they can get dirty or damaged from the water.
- Try to make it fun. Blast some of your favorite tunes! Dance it up! Make a game out of it. Challenge yourself get them done quicker than the time before. I also like to use the time to brainstorm and plan out my day.
Essentials for Hand Washing Dishes
I used to dread washing dishes because I knew that it was going to wreak total havoc on my hands. They would feel so, so dry and crack after each wash. Seriously just go get a pair and then tell me how much you love me in a week.
Some gloves I love:
For a while, we just dried our dishes on a dishtowel, but it would get soaked and stink quickly.
Invest in a dish drain to place your wet dishes on. Look for a version with a tilted tray to drain the water into the sing.
Some Dish Drains to Check Out:
- Roll up dish drain.
- Two tier dish drain.
- Dish drain with wine glass holder.
- Bamboo Dish rack.
- Foldable Dish Rack.
- Collapsible Dish Rack
- Mini Dish Rack
One of my biggest pet peeves is a sink sponge that has that gross smell. While ringing it out before you leave the area helps, if the sponge is sitting on a flat surface for a while, it won’t dry.
Pick up a sponge holder that will mount to the side of your sink to help keep it clean and out of the way.
Some we like:
Perfect for drying dishes or hands, a pretty dish towel is a must-have.
Like I said, making dishwashing more fun is essential to making hand washing dishes enjoyable. I love to blast some music on my phone to make it go by a little faster.
Some kid-friendly playlists:
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Here’s another tip I’m loving since getting my dish wand – at the end of the night, use your dish wand to quickly scrub down your sink!
It has made my kitchen look cleaner and made my ‘big’ kitchen clean up easier! Just scrub the inside of the sink with the dish wand and rinse it off when you’re done.
Here’s the thing – while living without a dishwasher may mean a bit more work, it isn’t impossible. Not to mention it will save you money. Knowing these easy tips and stocking up on all of your dishwashing essentials will make it not only feasible to hand wash all
So tell me – do you use your dishwasher? Is dishwashing relaxing to you? What’s your dishwashing essential? Let me know in the comments!