My mother is an advocate for hand washing dishes. She’s very vocal about it that whenever she visits she always tries to insist I should always do so. The problem is, I’m so used to my dishwasher. It’s a big help and I consider it as one of the greatest inventions. It’s okay for my Mom to say so, because she does not do it herself anyway, as she relies on the house help to do the dishes. I don’t have that right here.
Come to think about it, it’s like woman versus machine! I have learned that the keys to squeaky clean dishes is a combination of very high water temperature and a good scrub. That said, tap water is definitely not hot enough to sanitize dishes sans addition of bleach. That would then mean it can wreak havoc to women’s hands and fingers that you wonder how their wedding bands and engagement rings would look like on dry, rough hands.
That’s why I love the dishwasher because that very clean state of dishes can very well be achieved by running the antibacterial cycle. And one great thing is that, dishwashers now are using less energy, water and soap and they perform better than the human touch.
I seriously recommend that you assess which is the best method for you though. But for me, my dishwasher is my best friend in the kitchen. I run mine twice a week, since we are only two in the household. In between, I run the rinse cycle to keep the inside “clean” while waiting for a full load. If you have to adapt mine, just ensure you have dozens of kitchen utensils, plates, glasses and the like. I do, so I have no problem with that.