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Beware. An unexpected culprit is creating tumultuous relationships in homes across the country—the dishwasher. Last year, a national survey fielded by Harris Interactive on behalf of Bosch home appliances among adults ages 18 and older found that more than 40 percent fight about loading the dishwasher.
The top reasons? Turns out it runs deeper than you'd think. Here is the breakdown:
1. 61% fight over whether dishes should be pre-rinsed or not
Nearly two thirds of all men and women cited this issue as their leading cause for argument, proving the pre-rinse vs. rinse debate is a universal annoyance. The truth: you should not pre-rinse as the detergent needs to cling to food to avoid scratching your dishes.
2. 41% clash about separating dishes or cramming as much as possible to tackle a larger load
Perhaps a case of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, women (48%) are more likely to fight about doubling together dishes than men (33%).
3. 39% argue over placing sharp knives point down or point up
Out of the group of women who were concerned with this issue, 43% argue about whether knives should be placed point up or down, compared to 34% of males. Using safety as your guide, the final say is to load knives point down for safety, while forks and spoons can be placed either handle up or down.
4. 34% insist on placing cups on the top rack and plates on the bottom rack while their mate believes it's every dish for themselves
The biggest division in the dishwasher deliberation comes in the form of organization: nearly one third of all females who fight about loading the dishwasher insist that cups be placed on the top rack and plates on the bottom rack, not mixed. Like any good relationship where each person needs their space, each dish should be separated by a dishwasher's tines. Often, couples can keep the peace by splitting up large loads of dishes into smaller loads. Try a half load option, like on Bosch dishwashers, that can tackle small loads.
5. 30% debate about placing plastic containers on the top rack to prevent a major plastic meltdown, or placing containers wherever space is available
You may think that loading the dishwasher could smooth over a fight, but your efforts could have the opposite effect if your dishes are ruined in the process. If destroying an entire collection of plastic storage containers has plagued your marriage, try a dishwasher with a concealed flow-through water heating element to prevent plastic containers from dissolving, no matter where they are placed.
Interestingly, the survey also revealed that almost four out of 10 men who have a dishwasher admit to finding excuses for getting out of loading the dishwasher altogether. Even more, the most commonly used excuses included deferring the cleanup because they cooked the meal and demand chore equality (16%), blatantly admitting to being too lazy to clean the dishes (12%), and feeling as though they are too busy and their time is too important to be spent loading the dishwasher (10%).
Your turn to answer. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
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