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Friday, October 21, 2011

Myths Of A Dishwasher DEBUNKED!

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I met a friend (and a kind reader of this blog) at a housewarming a few weeks back, and she asked me “Is the BOSCH dishwasher really good?”

She was not the first person to ask me that question, and I am sure many readers of this blog are still sceptical about what a dishwasher can offer to families in Singapore. While many households in western countries own and love using dishwashers, it is still not commonly purchased and used locally. And I think it’s mainly because of the many myths about dishwashers that we are so used to hearing. Before BOSCH offered me the dishwasher sponsorship, I had my fair share of doubts. But glad to say, many of my doubts have been cleared after I tried using the dishwasher myself. =)

Today, I thought it’ll be good to shed some light on the common misconceptions about dishwashers and hopefully it can debunk some of the silent questions in your mind!

#1: DISHWASHERS DO NOT CLEAN AS WELL AS MANUAL HANDWASHING

I think it’s got to do with a ‘loss of control’. When we are not using our own hands to wash the dishes, we sometimes think that they are not cleaned thoroughly. But the truth is: Cleaning in dishwashers is a comprehensive process contributed by different factors such as detergent used, water distribution, heating element and drying.

Here’s what happens in the dishwasher:

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Seriously with a process as rigorous as this, how can it be less clean than manual handwashing???

#2: DISHWASHING BY HAND IS MORE HYGENIC AS I CAN SEE & ‘FEEL’ HOW CLEAN THE DISHES ARE

The truth is: Washing dishes by hand actually harbour more germs than dishwashers! Germs accumulate on a dish sponge each time it is used, and merely washing it in water or washing liquid can still allow it to harbour germs like E.Coli or Salmonella (which can cause food poisoning) for up to 48hours!

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Interestingly, you can reduce the amount of bacteria in the sponge by washing and sterilizing it in a dishwasher! Haha! In fact, dishwasher treatment is more effective to remove yeast and mould as compared to disinfecting your sponge in boiling water and the microwave oven. (Then again, why would you need a sponge if you are already using a dishwasher?! LOL!)

#3: THE DISHWASHER CAN HARBOUR GERMS THAT CAN SPREAD TO MY DISHES

The opposite is true! Dishwasher detergents offer more effective removal of microorganisms as compared to using dishwashing liquids and sponges. Studies have found that the higher temperature of the dishwashing programmes and increased water pressure effectively removes microorganisms on plates. In fact, microorganisms are killed eight times faster when temperatures are increased by 13°C – so it is unlikely that any pathogens would survive a standard cycle in a dishwasher where temperatures can rise up to 70°C. I personally LOVE IT that all my dishes come out of the dishwasher warm to my touch and make a squeaky clean sound when I rub against them!

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Hopefully this has cleared some of your doubts about dishwashers. If you are thinking of purchasing one for your house, but would like to talk to a actual user, please feel free to email me at . =D

For more information, do visit:
    Bosch dishwashers:
http://www.bosch-home.com/sg/products/dishwashers.html
    Finish dishwashing products: http://www.rb.com/Media-investors/Category-performance/Dishwashing

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