#18 Handwashing the Dishes

Posted February 27th, 2008 by Peter · 11 Comments

We thank “That Guy” for this very true asian observation.

Asian people are generally regarded as technologically advanced, and that is true. However, there is one machine an asian will never use: The dishwasher.

DishwasherAsians simply don’t trust machines to do their dishes for them. Asians are very prideful in their work, and need to be assured that their dishes are indeed clean. Who better to assure asians than themselves? If an asian knows that a dish is machine-washed, they will question its integrity. They will stare at it with contempt. They will most likely take it to the restroom to rinse it off. It is only when an asian and only an asian does the dishes by hand that it can be considered clean.

Think about it: Can a machine really pick up all that grime and cholesterol from those delightful but ever so greasy asian meals? Asians take off their shoes for the same reason they wash their own dishes. It’s the cleaner and more obvious thing to do.

Here’s another point of view: Perhaps it is a perceived waste of money; as it takes up power, water, and time. This is absolutely true. Asians are very thrifty by nature, and would not ever think about having a machine do something that they could do themselves for a cheaper and more efficient price. Asians shop at asian supermarkets in order to save money on items that would otherwise cost them way more at, let’s say, Trader Joe’s. The extra power, water, and soap consumption that is associated with a dishwasher is also immense.


A dishwasher goes through multiple cycles in order to get plates clean. Handwashing takes only the time it takes to lather and rinse. “A dishwasher uses 512 kilowatts of electricity per year, producing 840 lbs. of carbon dioxide. Hand washing produces nothing (well, other than when the person washing the dishes exhales …). Compared to the lather and rinse method, that’s a lot of water and energy consumed. According to ecostreet, an average person can save up over 11,000 liters of water a year by hand-washing dishes. To put that into perspective, an average sink holds 20 liters of water. That’s over 550 sinks-worth of water going to waste every year! Asians not only know what’s best for their own health, but also the environment.

dishwasher.jpgIt is very safe to say that in most Asian households, the closest use of the dishwasher is perhaps to store extra dishes after they have been cleaned. However, in most cases, the dishes are left to air-dry on racks conveniently located on the kitchen counter. This way, children, the elderly, and even pets can get their own dishes whenever they want. This allows them to become independent leaders of the free world in the future. (This is probably a stretch…) Asians know why to hand-wash dishes: It’s eco-friendly, time-efficient, and much cleaner than machine-washers.
This is why: Asians Love to Hand-wash Dishes.

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