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Today’s Adventure: WASHING UP .
Jam Fact: I have recently completed a Degree in “Family Dishwashing Methods.”

I am not a big fan of washing up and I am definitely not a fan of wiping up but that’s okay because MY J does it all in our house. He is my dishwasher extraordinaire so that means I am one lucky UNYOUNG JAM and whatever method he chooses to wash either our ordinary everyday dishes or our ‘very good’ dinner set when visitors come with, ANY dish washing way is okay with me.

Speaking of dishwashing methods; I would like to announce  that I have just recently completed the final units of study in my dishwashing degree and even more recently, received my much awaited special dishwashing certificate.

Now I know this sounds like a very inane unit of study but none the less the results have revealed that such a basic activity has not only revealed to me the oh so many ways that it can be done but it has also been an enthusiastic and  sometimes heated talking point amongst my immediate relative set.

Whilst my family definitely do not see me as a veteran washer upper, they do most definitely see me as a very avid dishwasher observer. I qualified for that modest title because over the years I have taken particular and sometimes very meticulous notice of exactly how other members of my family do their washing up. Most noticeably of course those ways that differ to ours… well to be more precise…MY J’S and so my Degree in Dishwashing was born.

The following results are the most common washing up methods that my immediate family alone use, so imagine what a broader case study would reveal!

There’s the basic wash up style which MY J belongs to. Sink full of hot detergent water. Dishes are washed, placed on the drainer then dried with a tea towel. Two tea towels are used per day for all three wash up sessions.

The advanced wash up style; which is when the sink is full of hot detergent water, with a side tub of cold water for rinsing, so dishes are washed, rinsed and then onto the sink for draining and wiping…again two tea towels in use for the three meals per day. 

The hot water rinsing style; Hot tub, dishes are washed and then placed to dry on the draining board and then you pour a kettle of boiling water all over the dishes which are then covered with a dry, clean tea towel where they remain until the dishes are dry. [New tea towel every wash up which makes three per day]   

The running hot water style. The hot tap runs, you are in rubber gloves with a sudsy dish mop, you wash the dish then rinse under the still running hot water, the dish is then handed to the partner who wipes the dish. Three tea towels per day, a new one for each meal time.

The basic dishwasher method is when the dishes go straight into the dishwasher. No tea towels required.

The alternative dishwashing method is that the dishes are hot water rinsed and then go into dishwasher… again no tea towels…and as for using tea towels, the family jury is still out on that one.

So overall my unique study results concluded that there is no one way to wash up that is any better than any other [N.B. Best water saving practices are a whole new ball game] and to keep the family peace on this, I also concluded that everyone is most definitely doing it the right way in their own way!

So in conclusion I say that dish washing as I see it, is a bit of an art form. There are many special ways to clean our humble dining and cooking utensils and as to whether your good dinner set should be given more respect and be treated to a different cleaning method from your usual habit?  Well it turns out that in my family yes it does but how best to do that?  Well that is another category within my study and is not on today’s telling agenda.

Until next time…I read recently that no woman has ever shot a man while he was washing the dishes. Bet you are pleased to hear of that little snippet of useless info MY J xx.


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