Dishwasher in India

For centuries Indians have been enjoying the luxury of employing a battery of domestic helps like a cook, house maid, driver, gardener, etc. Nowadays people prefer to avail the services of Uber than appointing a cook or driver, but finding it difficult to manage their daily chores without the support of house maids. On the other hand house maids have been increasingly lackadaisical about their works in recent times. Some, especially the urbanites, may identify their maids in some way or the other with the poster shared in social media.

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There is always a choice if we are ready to adapt ourselves to a new lifestyle. Nevertheless I am not against employing a house maid, I find this as one of the best opportunities to empower an illiterate woman, support her children’s education, and improve the quality of life of less privileged family. However it is better to cast off the dependence on maids as over-reliant is likely to cause them distress as well. We can comfortably use home appliances for daily chores so that the vessels inside the kitchen sink or clothes dumped into the laundry basket need not remain dirty until the arrival of maid. Besides we may employ house maids for other chores that are not of high priority like mopping the floor or cleaning wall tiles, window grills, etc. I feel this kind of arrangement would eventually make all our lives easy & stress free.

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For reasons unknown dishwasher has not yet penetrated even into the homes of most of the upper-middle class people in India. They prefer to pay exorbitant salary to house maids rather than buying a dishwasher as the crux of the matter may be a lack of adaptability. Here I like to share the pros and cons of using dishwasher in India as I have been using this over 7 years.

Installation: It is similar to the installation of washing machine. We need to have a piped water connection preferably with river water. If you are using ground water you need to cross-check before buying the machine whether it is suitable for dish washer, it may get damaged if the water contains elevated levels of sodium, calcium, iron or other minerals.

Cost:

  • Cost of dish washer may be ranging between ₹30,000 and ₹130,000 approximately.
  • We may either use all-in-one detergent pods (₹35 for each wash cycle) or a combo of detergent, rinse aid & salt (approx.₹7-10 per wash cycle), so the cost of detergent may be between ₹200 and ₹1000 per month, you may refer these prices here.
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Benefits:

  1. Saves water: It requires less water than cleaning vessels under running water as water is sprayed with great force inside the dishwasher. Hence it is ideally suitable for drought-hit places in India.
  2. Hygienic: Vessels are cleaned by spraying hot water (at 45-90º C) at high pressure. So we can also sterilize feeding bottles, water bottles, and other infants & toddlers’ utensils.*
  3. Saves time: Dishwasher saves time as it washes & also dries up the vessels during every wash cycle.

* If you are sterilizing infant’s utensils, you can avoid using detergents and skip the drying process as well to eliminate the residue of detergents (if any). As a safety measure I have been using detergents minimally and you may check out the contents of detergents shown below for your perusal.

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What type of utensils can be washed in dishwasher?

We can load glassware, porcelain, melamine, stainless steel vessels, or any article including plastic labeled as dishwasher safe. Also articles that are difficult to clean manually like SS strainers, water bottles, oil can, pressure regulator used in a pressure cooker, etc., can be cleaned easily by dishwasher.

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 Items You Should Never Wash in the Dishwasher:

Since the detergent used in dishwasher is very powerful & effective and the water temperature is 40ºC or above, we should avoid loading articles that can not withstand the heat & strong detergent. So it is better to avoid delicate silverware, copperware, brassware, aluminum/ hard anodized/ nonstick cookware, earthenware, plasticware, woodenware, or any cookware with wooden handle. Also it is better to avoid loading mixer jar (as it is shallow in both top & bottom and hence difficult to drain off the water completely), hand-painted fancy articles (the paint may melt due to heat and stain the machine), expensive glass articles that are too fragile, etc.

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How to use dishwasher:

Firstly we need to add detergent before every wash cycle, but rinse-aid & salt can be added only when their indicators turned on.

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It is preferred to wipe off the food particles in the vessels before loading inside the dishwasher. Since the detergent pods are meant for powerful and effective cleaning, it may not require to scrub the vessels before loading (I use these pods when I feel lazy), but if you are using mild detergent powder (I prefer to use them daily) you may have to scrub and stack the vessels. In either case we should not load the soiled vessels that are dried up.

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If we understand how dishwasher works, we would be able to make use of the dishwasher efficiently. Generally there are 4 wash cycles viz., gentle wash, quick wash, normal wash & heavy wash, each with varied water temperature, water pressure (jet speed), and the number of washes/ rinses, so we can select the right cycle according to the load.

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Since water pressure is higher when sprayed by lower spray arm than the upper arm, we can stack highly soiled utensils in the bottom wire rack and slightly soiled vessels & light weight articles (like plastic lid) in the top rack. We need to stack vessels enabling the water to drain off easily, so large deep vessels may be kept upside down in the bottom rack and bowls, cups, plates and cutlery stacked in the racks as shown below.

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It is easier if we stack the vessels inside the dishwasher after every meal, and you can either run the machine after every meal (I would follow this only when I have guests at home), or at the end of a day (normally I would prefer this).

Conclusion: 

I recommend dishwasher to newly married girls as they are less addicted to the services of house maids. Dishwasher may not help to cut down the cost of cleaning but the quality of cleaning is certainly unparalleled to the hand wash. Besides it gives the sense of freedom and fulfillment, but I would be happier if I could find an efficient eco-friendly detergent suitable for my dishwasher. 😊

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99 Comments Add yours

  1. PS says:

    Informative!! Thank you for sharing this review with us!!

    1. Megala says:

      Glad you found it useful, thanks.

  2. iScriblr says:

    Very informative! (Saving it up for my parents to read!) 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks much! 🙂

  3. Misha Bagga says:

    Very informative. Great post. Keep Glittering, from TGA by Misha 👍😊

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, Misha, for stopping by! Happy New Year!! 🙂

  4. Julie Zimmer says:

    An interesting post. Because I work during the week, I have a cleaning lady that comes in once a week. However, the night before she comes, I make sure that the house is in order, that the dishes are done, beds are made etc…I don’t expect her to clean my dirty dishes and sort out the house. All that she does is clean and she loves coming to my place. She also does a great job at it, for example, she’ll go out of her way to feed our cat or clean a dusty light fixture that’s hanging very high. I’ve had her for almost 10 years now and she’s like part of the family. She likes coming to our place. I have so much respect for cleaning ladies and I think that they can be of great help when we treat them fairly. I say thumbs up for the dishwasher and cleaning up our own messes in the kitchen. Doing household chores gets you moving and keeps you in shape and it’s fun when family members do it together!

    1. Megala says:

      I’m delighted to find your comment resonating with my feelings expressed in this post. Thanks much for the truly insightful comment.
      It is nice to know that you both are so kind and are blessed with each other. 🙂
      Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

      1. Julie Zimmer says:

        Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family as well, Megala!

      2. Megala says:

        Thank you! 🙂

  5. Doni W says:

    Ms Megala’s posts are always detailed and nicely written! Nice post Ms Megala! 🙂 I agree with you, having a dishwasher is better than having housemaids. It is more hygienic, cost effective and best of all, breaks the dependence on someone. It is good if we all be independent and do our chores alone, but obviously with ease! 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment! 🙂

  6. Wow Megala, So interesting to read about your country. When we came to USA we did not know what to do with dishwasher and just store dishes in it. But now are use it every day it seems that the pile of dishes in the family Always stocks up in the sink so it works really well for us to use the dishwasher. It’s nice to hear that you guys are employee help. We don’t do this here very much.

    1. Megala says:

      I’m glad you find this interesting! 🙂 Thanks, Luda, for sharing your experiences with dishwasher here.

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