I grew up in a house that didn’t have a dishwasher. I was the dishwasher and my sister was the dryer. I’ve had an automatic dishwasher since moving out of my house but the process tends to drive me crazy. Everyone has their own way of doing things and our summer staff helps out in the kitchen. Some people practically wash the dishes before they put them into the dishwasher wasting twice as much water. Other people leave so much food on the dishes it clogs the drain and hurts our fragile septic system. I’m sure there’s a happy medium somewhere but I haven’t been able to find it. I’ve been without a dishwasher for two summers now and I can’t say that I miss it at all. I never realized I was saving electricity so now I have another reason to keep washing dishes by hand and letting them air dry.
Josephine Cochrane invented the modern dishwasher in 1886 because she was fed up with servants who chipped her fine china. (This is exactly why we like our dishwashers too.)