12 Reasons You Need A Dishwasher


If asked to choose between a dishwasher and a washing machine, I think most Nigerian women
will go for a washing machine. The bulk of  laundry done every week in an average Nigerian household is much. This much laundry sometimes can be attributed to our hot weather and dust which makes it almost impossible for one to repeat an outfit before washing. We think laundry takes more time than dishes but we may be wrong.  If the dishes were to be done once in a week (On Saturdays) Imagine the trailer load of washing.

Again, sometimes we feel we do not need dishwashers because we have househelps and housekeepers. We forget that most times these people quit without a one month notice and leave you sweating it out all alone. Washing dishes actually takes time. This past holiday, we made a chore timetable for washing dishes. To prevent children soaking hands in water and detergent the whole day, we said dishes should be done once and that is after dinner. A very gigantic basin of soapy water is kept at the back, in the morning, from morning to evening, whoever uses any cutlery or plate drops them inside that detergent water where they lie waiting until after dinner. 

I discovered that the soaking in detergent water made washing extra easy. By the time they come to wash, all the plates and cutlery are already looking very clean. They didn't have to scrub much before rinsing. They even said that they didn't even need to scrub cos everything looked clean already, all they needed do was put in the gigantic bowl of clean water and rinse. I was so impressed with the washing, no fork or spoon was returned for further washing. Courtesy of the long time soaking.

Despite the soaking made washing easy and fun, it still took more time than I'd love. During the holidays, there should be more family time. I always say that the only time we have to bond with our children is now. Time flies, and before you say jack, they are all grown and gone. This is the only opportunity we have to create fun memories of childhood in their heads. Chores teach kids a lot in life, but , when chores begin to take too much of their time it isn't funny anymore. If kids are overloaded with chores, by the time they are done, they already feel tired. 

This post doesn't speak to my blog readers alone, but to me too. For those of us who still think that owning a dishwasher  means laziness, please, let's disabuse our minds of that. All our kids need to learn is the basic knowledge of clean washing and rinsing. Giving them too much to do in the name of training is not funny o. I don't have a dish washer, but I have made up my mind to get one. It helps. The year I got a washing machine for my house was the day I saw a happier me.

 At that time, I had no one except little kids and I washed until my nails began to break like egusi skin. My palms became so hard and it affected me a lot cos each time I looked at the baby/children clothes to be washed I just started frowning unconsciously. The day I launched my washing machine, it felt like " a breath of fresh air" I had so much more time to give to ''ME".

A dishwasher will do the following for you:
  1. Remove germs because the water is hot enough to sterilize dishes.
  2. Save your water and water bills because it uses less water than washing with hands. Especially if you load once a day.
  3. Save your hands and your children's from harsh detergents.
  4. Give you and family more spare time to attend to productive work or just relax and do personal stuff.
  5. Give you freedom from the monotonous and unproductive work of scrubbing dishes
  6. Wash your drinking  glasses squeaky clean, no fish smell. no blurry look, no cloudy bottoms.
  7. It saves your kitchen sink the stress of carrying heavy loads of dirty dishes.
  8. Save your kitchen from foul smells of dirty dishes in the sink.
  9. Keep your kitcen free from cockroaches. For some kitchens where dirty dishes are left overnight, you may not know that cockroaches always have a field time when everyone has gone to bed. When cockroaches have more than enough to feed on everynight, it becomes almost impossible to free your kitchen from their tenancy. *One of the reasons my dishes must be done before bedtime. A dishwasher keeps the food away from those disease infested  creatures.
  10. You don't have to wipe clean dishes with a napkin anymore. you only enjoy using dry, squeaky clean, sweet smelling dishes.
  11. It adds beauty and class to your kitchen.
  12. Gives you time to watch your favorite programs without clicking the pause button because  you need a plate and almost everything is dirty and waiting in the sink..
Oh well, I hear dishwashers are very expensive. Anyone knows where one can get less expensive ones in Abuja? *wink*

Comments

  1. A dishwasher is one essential kitchen appliance.
    Aunty Eya, I don't think there are cheap ones anywhere o. Those things are more expensive than washing machines.

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    1. Hi Jane, not even made in Nigeria?

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    2. i like your posting and in response to the questions about the price, i was also looking for a cheaper than Jumia's so i googled and got thru comparesite....you may try yourself or go to the store, i copied the link: http://www.goodlifeshopping.net/product_page.php?id=786

      Ladies, i don't envy the manual labour you do go thru.

      Eya, keep it up

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  2. Hum...laziness of d highest order#mycandidopinion#

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    1. Chai Dimma, I'm very hardworking. Scrubbing dishes is unproductive work sis, it doesn't generate any shishi. If I can get a machine, that time will be put into doing productive things like reading a book.

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    2. @ Eya, I don't think u need to explain urself! Let her keep paying maids that will spoil her clothes or keep straining her waist!

      Some family intimacy issues start from too much work! We get too tired for family time. We aren't horses!
      The cheapest dishwasher I've seen is about N90,000 and am saving for it already!

      If it means am lazy, so be it! *sipping red wine*

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    3. @ dimma, I hope u still use grinding stone? Since u're the most hard working woman in Nigeria!

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    4. Lol! Really, that was hilarious! I laughed out so loud colleagues in my officehad to ask what was the matter. I am seriously thinking of getting too. My househelp left us this morning and i have 3 boys! my husband and I have have decided no more househelps for now. We already have a washing machine but washing dishes can break your waist and back. I will definitely save up to buy one.

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  3. Wow, whenever I see dish washers, I just waka pass as if it is not human beings that buy it. I will work on getting one. Just got a vacuum cleaner this year and I was asking myself why I have been suffering to sweep with a broom all this while.

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    1. Anonymous4/23/2013

      If light no dey nko?

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    2. Anonymous4/23/2013

      @ Ada pls wats d price range of a dishwasher lemme see if I can start dreaming of one, lol

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    3. I do waka pass too but I think that has to stop cos 24 hour day is becoming to short for me.

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    4. @Anon 7;18, I will think about that your question o. But come o, didn't we hear that NEPA is turning a new leaf very soon? So, light wahala will be taken care of.

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    5. Anonymous4/24/2013

      NEPA? Abi wetin I hear u say....
      Ordinary toaster and deep fryer wey I buy I never see lite use am esp in the mornings when u wanna make a quick toast before going to work

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    6. Anonymous4/24/2013

      IMO, anything that makes life easier is welcome, I do my chores manually, but sometimes if I can afford it, I buy electronics to help me with it, shuffling between house chores, cooking, taking care of the children and husband can make one age quickly sef #justKidding# , so if you can afford it, it is not a sin to indulge sometimes.

      For power, you can invest in a good inverter system. It's worth it. I've been using one for over a year. It carries my washing machine and other things that do not have a heating component. And it supplies me power for over 30hrs when it is fully charged.

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    7. Anonymous4/24/2013

      Is vacuum cleaner not just. For rugs? What do u use for a tiled or marble floor. Menh I am in support of anything that ll reduce stress

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  4. I agree o. Washing plates can be very tiring especially after dinner. Please does anybody know the average price of a dishwasher?

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    1. Yes o, very tiring with no pay.

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  5. Anonymous4/23/2013

    I'll love to hav one.Eya are u based in abuja?

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    1. Hahaha, dear Anon, are you in Abuja?

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  6. Anonymous4/23/2013

    Anty Eya pls am sorry I can't email cos ma internet source is cuRrently bad N am stuck with ma phone that speaks so much English,I need serious Help pls pls put dis up for me, AM PREGNANT plssss ooo not for a married man ooo lol just kidding, got married early dis year N am 2 month s Gone D problem here is Every thing I mean Every thing is iRritating can't stand d smell of anything Even food,N am never hungry, infact web already taking over, now I watch ma husband eat junk, packaged foods sometimes Garri cos d poor guy hates eating outside, I still av a long way to go I can't stand him suffer like this, Wives in this house pls help me how do u cook wen U re preggy, how do u manage smell, how do eat as am never hungry N alwayz weak, what re d things you Do to take ur mind off this funny feelings N above all how do you deal with d bedroom aspect Plss people be kind N share some of ur experiences with ME God bless You All AMen. OYINKANSOLA.

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    1. Hi oyinkansola, I can tell ur doctor so he will tell u a multi vitamin to take n it can stimulate appetite, but I must say that lack of appetite is one of the signs of pregnancy for some women. So just relax very soon you will start eating, as for your irritation with smell it happen to me to, I hated perfume, strong soap, dettol etc so I can say that's normal. If after the multi vitamin u can't eat, try allowing someone cook for u and try not to be there while the person is cooking and see if u can eat, I never ate my own food but there was this restuarant's food dat was my saving grace. And right now I wonder what I saw in the food as it is not as tasty as mine. As for the meals your husband can eat, am sure he understands the lack of zeal to cook but you can get a good friend, relative to help u out weekends, make enough stew, soup, beans porridge n somethings he likes, when he sees your effort am sure he will try and boil rice, pasta or make semo and if he can't do any of that you can try and enter the kitchen and boil rice, pasta or make eba or semo as it won't take long and the smell of food won't assault you, I hope this helps!

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    2. Hi Oyin, it's posted already. Don't worry it's normal, you will be Ok soon.

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  7. AyaOba4/23/2013

    I got a dishwasher as a wedding present 5yrs ago, so I agree with you. Although growing up as a child at some point my dad bought a dishwasher for the house and the only time we don't use it is when my mum wants to discipline us for doing wrong.

    I don't know how expensive they are because like I said mine is a gift. Goodluck on your search though Aunty Eya.

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    1. Thank you Ayaoba and thanks for the tip. When I eventually get one. I will do like your mum.

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  8. 1.Gigantic bowl to soak dirty dishes? How many people live in the house.
    2.Why wash dishes with detergent?
    3.Why pile up so many dishes in the first place?
    I'm not against a dishwaher, the was one installed in my former house, plus a tumble dry which were hardly used. But, truth be told wahing machine is more essential, laundry is more difficult. Its not even possible to store up dishes for a week so let's drop that hypothesis.
    Like I said, dishwasher is good to have but I just want us to get somethings clear.

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    1. !. I Sorry Nife, maybe I should call it a basin. sometimes we are very many. at other times we are below 10.
      2. Sorry o, I should have said dish washing liquid but detergent is easier to type.
      3. So that washing can be done just once at the end of the day.
      4. Were hardly used? Congratz Nife, you are very hardworking. You mean they just lie there idle while you soak your hands in detergent?

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    2. Anonymous2/08/2016

      @Nife, I would spend my last cash on dishwasher over and over again, but will choose to wash drapes and bed linens with my hands, twice daily. I HATE DOING DISHES. If I lived alone, I would use disposable plates. I SO HATE TO DO DISHES. I don't know how to make you all understand my hatred for that chore. And all my kids are away in school, I have no maid. I do all by myself. I even wish the dishes could load themselves in the machine. I can decide not to eat, to avoid doing dishes that how much my hatred for that chore is.

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    3. There's no dishwasher that can take a week's load. Most max out at 14place settings which is idle for a family of 4. If your family is as large as you claimed, then you'll typically need to run it after each meal. Is that really worth it?

      Other reasons you have: hygienic, convenience, conserves water: is okay but it consumes close to a kW of energy per cycle.

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  9. Anonymous4/23/2013

    In my family,we wer brought up to wash our plate(s) after meals; that way d kitchen sink is clear n no room for roaches or rats. Piling dirty dishes puts me off.
    So, if a dishwasher is too expnsv to afford,and u don't have a really large family,u can still have a tidy n decent kitchen by adopting a "wash ur dish after meal principle". Its a simple chore especially when there is running water.
    If u have a large family though,it might become a tedious chore,getting to wash all d extra dishes n all; in that case,I'll say if u can afford a dishwasher, it would def pay u mor to get one.

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    1. Thank you Anon, you know I wanted that too, but when they asked who will wash for mummy, daddy and guests, I couldn't answer.
      I fall in the second group (large family).

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    2. Anonymous4/24/2013

      Theres a human dishwasher schedule, so that after all man don wash in plate finish each by each, the person whose turn it is to wash plates now wsshes for Mum Dad n d guests plus bowls n cooking spoons.
      We pulled sm stunts like piling mum n dads plates on top ours, for the person whose turn it was n then d person sees it n starts raking.......lol.
      The pots were left for the boys to wash so labour was divided.

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    3. Reading all these comments makes me want dishwasher more!
      Once I have 50k, I'll go and deposit at an LG outlet, then collect it when I have the balance.
      Right now, I've saved 40k! Can't wait!
      LG does instalmental payments b4 u collect. That's how I bought my washing machine. But I paid twice. I don't know if u can pay up to 3 or 4 times.

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  10. Anonymous4/23/2013

    Aunty Eya i agree wit u on d laundrry part but Dishwassher???? Hmmm never really tot of it. If i start using dishwasher how would my kids learn how to wash witout dem wen dey live outside our home?
    My hubby wont even agree to it sef! Even d washing machine i have is making my kids kinda lazy!
    But i think its a gud idea if one live alone,busy or older!

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    1. The dishwasher and laundry machine are for mummy except when the washing is much. This whole past holiday, I didn't let my kids wash with the machine even once, They complained up till the last day but I wouldn't let them. Normally I let them use it for heavy clothing; towels and bedsheets but this time I don't know the kind of meanness that made me ask them to wash even their towels and bedsheets with hands.

      I only started using after they left. Not like I don't want kids to do washing with their hands, NO, my problem is the quantity.

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  11. Anonymous4/23/2013

    Eya u don start to approve comment Ni??????
    Hehe!!! Puff don turn to burns!!!!!!!!!

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  12. omotayo4/23/2013

    I want one as well. Can one get with 50k? And ofcourse we still need 2 do some washing cos it won't wash pots.

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    1. 2 Omotayo, thank you, we need someone to answer that your question. There are many different brands so, I think 50k should be able to get one. It can wash small pots.

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    2. The working principle of dishwasher is significantly different from washing machine and more complex.

      You definitely can't get one at that price for now.

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  13. Anonymous4/23/2013

    Nobody is talking about PHCN. Lol

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    1. They have promised to do better.

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  14. I wudnt mind a dishwasher.,thnks Eya for the tip off..the last time I brought out my clothes to wash,wtout using the machine.It was so awkward,lol...

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  15. Yu wash after eating in my house nobody is an exception including hubby.

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  16. Ok o, I googled diff prices for dishwasher: Jumia sells for N93,995.00 and its Ignis while Konga sells for: Samsung - N145,000.00 and N136,250.00 depending on the size. So me that am looking for N50,000 dishwasher, I think am on my own o

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    1. Topmost4/24/2013

      Am sure by the time we have more demand for dishwashers like we have for washing machines, the price we go down to what the average class can afford.

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  17. I googled prices of dishwasher and ve got good news for y'all.. Ignis sells for N93,995.00 @ Jumia while Konga sells 145,000.00 and N136,250.00 for Samsung products. So me that am looking for 50k invoices I now realise am on my oan

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    1. Anonymous4/24/2013

      Those people r always too expensive. May be u should check a samsung outlet or ignis outlet that is if d dishwasher is common in nig sef. Its necessary esp in this era of no house helps and ur hubby will even say no house girl

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  18. Anonymous4/24/2013

    Hi auntie Eya, for me o, I'm thinkin d time I'll spend loading up dishes n stuff is enuff for me to just wash them up.

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    1. Anonymous4/24/2013

      Good point.Thank u.

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    2. Exactly. You still have to scrape off food crumbs and bones too.

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    1. omotayo4/24/2013

      Its on †ђξ high side, I wasn't expecting it to be this expensive.. I tot I could get for 50k..so I need 2 save more 2 buy cos I think I want it.

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  20. My parents got a dishwasher as a gift from my elder sister when I was a teenager and we never used it apart from when we had lots of guests every xmas and every1 had eaten too much to was dishes. In my home its never crossed my mind to get a dishwasher but I'm seriously thinking of a tumble dryer coz I hate drying clothes indoors on radiators or airs (it makes d lace look untidy and smell of damp clothes) as there's hardly sun outside to dry clothes.

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  21. Topmost4/24/2013

    God purnish poverty mentality, before now I use to believe washing machines can't wash clothes clean like using hands. I laughed at my stupidity when I eventually used washing mashine to wash.
    If you can afford a dishwasher why not save yourself the trouble and time.
    I just saw one dishwasher on jumia for 93,995 Naira.

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    1. Lol, You're so funny, poverty mentality indeed. Some people don't know the difference between working hard and working smart. That's why there's so much poverty in our land. Anything that will make my life easier, I'll go for it as long as I can afford it. It doesn't stop you from training your children.

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  22. Anything that will make life stressless in my home is wat I will buy. Vacuum cleaner,dishwasher,washing machine,etc,I'll BUY IT!

    Laziness? I don't know about that! But at least I'll look relaxed,less stress,and there's time for other activities!

    Life no hard reash like that abeg.

    Www.soulspasms.com

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  23. If you have very soft water, you'll want to switch to powdered or granular detergent. This especially holds true for people with water softeners in your home. To figure out if you have softer water in your home, wash your hands and take note of how long it takes for the soap to come off your hands.
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