Have you ever considered the benefits of doing dishes the old fashioned way, i.e. with soap, dishcloth, and dish towel? Well, after my reminiscing tonight, I decided to “do the dishes” without using a tool commonly known as the dishwasher. I ran hot water into the sink, added dish detergent and methodically decided the best way to tackle such a task! First, I cleared the dinner table by moving all the dirty dishes from the table to the counter, sorting as I went. My glasses and dessert dishes were placed closest to the sink, followed by the cups, followed by the flatware, followed by the plates, followed by the pots and pans. Any food residue was scrapped into the garbage bin. Now, I was ready to tackle the dish washing.
I ran hot water into the sink and added dish detergent. I then washed the dishes in the order that I removed them from the table. There was a huge benefit to doing it this way. The glasses and cups were not greasy and there wasn’t much on the plates. There was some food residue on the flatware but not enough to affect the quality of the water. I wiped the grease from the pots and pans with paper towel and washed them in the same water. Thus, there were savings in the amount of water I had to use.
You are probably wondering where the health benefits came from. First, I used a dish detergent that cuts grease, the old familiar brand of Ivory Snow, which did an excellent job of cutting grease as well as, I am sure, destroying any germs. Next, I discovered that you have to hum, sing or turn on the radio while you do them. This encouraged me to dance througout the kitchen as I retrieved dishes, bent to scrape clean, washed and dried. I also changed from leg to leg and kicked backwards as I washed each dish. Then, as I dried the dishes, I danced from the sink to the cupboard with each dish that I put away. Finally, the dishes were done and I wiped down the counters and the table, twirling my cloth, moving my hips and dancing from one area to the next.
I estimate the whole thing took me about 30 minutes. I wonder how many calories I burned! Hm, it doesn’t matter. I got my exercise in and I enjoyed myself. Try it! I think you will like it.