This post is written in collaboration with Finish. All opinions are my own. The dirty dishes are my husband’s.
Beyond duvet hogging and dutch ovens, dirty dishes and dishwasher duties are the most contentious issues in our marriage.
I cannot stand how every morning, he leaves half eaten bowls of oats at the sink, only for them to turn into concrete by the end of the day.
It sends him crazy how after eating red chillies, I leave the remaining stems on my plate, leaving the dishwasher clogged with them after a cycle.
These are the post meal moments he regrets marrying an Indonesian girl with a steel gut and a penchant for all things spicy hot.
While these arguments always sound arbitrary when they arise, you know there’s a deeper message beyond dishes:
Compromise is the secret to a happy union.
Our old dishwasher died last year and let me tell you, there is no other kitchen white goods that can determine the grounds of a divorce.
It was a time when everything seemed to be falling apart in our kitchen, including the oven that almost burned down our house.
However, when it came to our new dishwasher, we set some stock standard guidelines:
- Rinse all dishes before throwing them in the dishwasher
- All knives to be placed downwards
- Non stick frying pans as well as special kitchen knives are to be washed in the sink
- Throw out all food scraps – including stubborn red chilli stems before throwing dishes in the dishwasher
- Use a reliable, powerful dishwashing tablets.
While our dishwashing rules aren’t consistently complied, we haven’t used any other dishwasher tablets other than Finish. Unlike other products, they don’t seem to leave behind gluggy lumps of residue after a cycle.
On a side note, how awesome does it feel when you first open your dishwasher and all that steam hits your face? Just like having a facial, is it not?
In 6 years of marriage, you can learn some big lessons about love, sacrifices and selflessness.
But it’s the mundane, minutiae of domestic life and dirty dishes that teach you the every day secrets of a happy union.
Tell me, what’s your domestic secret to a happy relationship? Is dishwashing a contentious issue in your home? Am I the only one that loves dishwasher steam?
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