Doing the dishes

January 30, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about the dishes. It can be the every-single-day activity, a precious collection, or any other interpretation of dishes as objects or activities. Who is stuck with the dishes and why? Go where the prompt leads!


We all have different approaches when it comes to doing the dishes. I like to wash them as they are dirtied, a piled up kitchen sink is not acceptable.

My eldest daughter uses the dishwasher, rinsing them when she has enough for a load and then running it. She says it conserves water and time.

My youngest loves washing dishes by hand. She says it relaxes her and she’d insist on doing them whenever she gets the chance!

The rest of the family, like my husband or grandson, are still under the tutelage on how to wash the dishes!


Word count; 99

In response to 99 Word Story- Dishes, hosted by Charli Mills



96 thoughts on “Doing the dishes

          1. I totally agree with you. And that’s why I contribute a little during weekend chores and whenever I can. There’s no harm or degradation in doing things at our home, right next to the loved ones 🙂

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  1. I can’t stand dirty dishes on view either. l like the dishwasher for convenience but I also find handwashing dishes with hot soapy water quite therapeutic. I leave to drain for ten minutes then dry off with kitchen roll. There’s nothing nicer than a clean tidy kitchen,

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  2. I’m with you … I cannot stand clutter!!! I rinse them as we use them, put what I can into the dishwasher throughout the day and run it late at night, handwashing the rest at least once a day, sometimes twice. (I also sometimes hide a few things like baking sheets or a dirty skillet in the oven, then naturally forget about them when I’m doing the handwashing! Out of sight, out of mind!)

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      1. My sister-in-law once hid a plastic dish drainer full of dishes in her oven when company unexpectedly dropped in. You can guess what happened, right? Yep, the next day, having forgotten about the dishes, she turned on the oven to preheat. I wasn’t there, but I hear it was quite a mess with melted plastic and broken glass everywhere!

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  3. When I still lived with my parents and we didn’t have a dishwasher – I was it!
    I like to organize the dishes to do the glasses first, silverware or plates next and the pots last.
    Now I use the sanitize cycle on our dishwasher. It uses less water than doing a small sink by hand. Even if you did small loads everynight – you would used less water than waiting to fill it. Though sometimes if it isn’t full we will wait… I do have some pans I don’t like putting in the dishwasher. But they clean very easily. 🙂

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