Sunday, May 19, 2013

On The Modern Day Electric Dishwasher

When I was growing up back in the late 70s and early 1980s,  my family owned an electric dishwasher.  A good thing, obviously, though gross in that if a piece of food was  missed it would dry into a tiny bit of black on the plate, fork, or etc.  And as soon as you re-hydrated it, would balloon into a chunk big enough to make you gag. And dishwasher soap would dry on your glass, and whatever you poured into the glass would  then taste like soap.

So for the past 20 years I've been hand-washing  dishes in my rental apartment.  Because the wife refuses.  Not her end of the marital bargain, she insists. Naturally, when we finally bought our new place I was thrilled to know that an electric dishwasher came with it.  My travails were over, I thought!

But NOT SO!  Its like our 21st Century, ultra-efficient capitalist society has made NO PROGRESS FUCKING WHATSOEVER  in building a better electric dishwasher!  THERE'S STILL LITTLE DRIED BITS OF CRUD STUCK TO EVERYTHING I WASH!  AND IT ALL BLOATS UP INTO HIDEOUS PUSTULES OF FILTH WHENEVER I ADD WATER AGAIN!!

WHAT Is Wrong with Our fucking stupid world?  We're still selling people the same  SHITTY DISHWASHING TECH OUR parents HAD?  WHY HASN'T SOMETHING BEEN DONE ABOUT THIS?  WHERE ARE OUR LEADERS, OUR SCIENTISTS?  AND WHERE IS THE PUBLIC OUTCRY?  HAVE THE PEOPLE LOST THEIR REVOLUTIONARY FERVOR???  

10 comments:

Reality Bites said...

What crazy-ass things are you eating, anyway? Only problem I have with dried on food is oatmeal.

(I have this strange urge to ask if you're on crack, or what?)

Rene said...

My son does it all the time as well using the dishwasher.

The problem is not with the machine but with the user. You are supposed to rinse the dishes and utensils before placing in the dishwasher, to remove such large pieces and particles of food.

CathiefromCanada said...

Run your water hot before turning on the dishwasher.
Let things airdry rather than using the heated dry setting.
Use that Rinse Aid stuff.
Clean the dishwasher every now and then -- do a vinegar-only cycle.
Also, buy some paper plates and plastic cups and throw them away after use....

deb Scott said...

lol...I hated the idea of a dishwasher for the same reason you did. I felt they would be a waste of money and time(rewashing dirty dishers). When I finally did get a dishwasher it was a new maytag, and it worked like a charm. I found the type of soap used helps too. Electrosol or a liquid cascade.
the problem with the rental is the dishwasher needs a servicing...the filters probably need cleaning or water spouts are plugged.
fix it and it will work:)

Kyle H. said...

I sense this is another case of the problem being blamed on neutral technology, while its actually the local savages using it incorrectly. :P

Nosferatu200 said...

This upsets you I presume?

crf said...

Sounds like a job for the new NRC.

The Mound of Sound said...

Perhaps you should consider the new, pedal-operated model. It won't actually get your dishes any cleaner but you'll be too damned tired to bitch about it afterward.

Ah, the struggles of life. At least those starving buggers in the Sahel don't have to carry the burden of dishwasher malfunction. Lucky bastards!

Omar said...

A good friend of mine had one of those newfangled machines in their family home circa 1976 or so. My memories of the thing were that it usually stank to the high heavens in between not-frequent-enough washing's. It was like they had some sort of smelly indoor compost heap, ffs. Particularly during the summer months! Glad we lived in the projects with good old-fashioned sink, soap and hot water cleaning technology.

Steve Bloom said...

Causes may well be mulitfarious as discussed above, but I have a feeling you're suffering from not having your water heater turned on high enough. Be like CathiefromCanada and screw the environment! So in addition to cranking the hot water temp up to max, maybe also consider heading down to the local beaver pond and taking some potshots at a few of the national icons. The TO zoo should have one.

Or, maybe, if the other stuff doesn't help, consider getting a spot heater for your kitchen faucet and dishwasher. The economies may work out over time.