The patent for a dishwasher dates back from the 1850. Back then, it was hand-powered and wooden, but modern day dishwashers are sophisticated and don’t require any effort at all. Plus, they save you time.
But, who would’ve thought that washing the dished “the old way”, can offer some health benefits? Here are some:
- Encourages Mindfulness
When someone says “being mindful”, it basically means to be in “a state of active, open attention on the present,” or in other words, be self-aware and focused on the exact actions you are performing instead of thinking of the past or the future.
Studies link handwashing dishes to mindfulness, which may have a positive effect on our health in a few ways.
- Reduces Stress
During a study conducted by the Florida State University, half a group read a brief descriptive dishwashing passage while the other half read a brief mindfulness dishwashing passage. Afterward, the fifty-one students washed dishes.
The main goal was to see if handwashing dishes could be used to promote a mindful state and thus, wellbeing. Results showed that there were 25% increase in feelings of inspiration and a 27% decrease in nervousness levels in those who washed dishes mindfully. Moreover, the non-mindful dishwashers had no benefits from the task.
- Relaxes You
Even though some research suggest that washing dishes is the number one cause of disagreement among household tasks, Dr. Aric Sigman, says that “the soothing, warm, scented suds in the sink induce a relaxed mood, while the completion of the task produces a sense of wellbeing.”
- Fewer Allergies
According to the “hygiene hypothesis”, humans can benefit from getting dirty. Moreover, trying to keep your household hyper-clean can actually increase the risk of allergies in your kids.
According to a 2015 study published in Pediatrics, handwashing dishes lowers the risk of developing allergic diseases in children aged seven to eight. Researchers concluded that diseases in children from families who use handwashing were less common than those that wash the dishes in a dishwasher.
- Boosts Immune System
The co-author of the study mentioned above, Dr. Bill Hesselmar said, “If you are exposed to microbes, especially early in life, you stimulate the immune system in various ways and it becomes tolerant.”
- Teaches Independence to Kids
One of the most hated chore among children is washing the dishes. But, handwashing the dishes will teach your kids to clean up after themselves.
Moreover, your children will eventually start living on their own, so they better get used to washing the dishes since early age.
- Better for Delicate Dishes
Handwashing your dishes is the best way to clean your expensive china or save all the parts from a matching set. This way you’ll have full control of how gently you wash them, how hot the water is, and where you place them for safe keeping.
- More Time with Family
Washing the dishes together with your kids can actually strengthen the bond. You can ask them about their day or have a small chat about anything while doing the chore.
- Uses Less Water
This is actually subjective. According to a study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany, handwashing uses more energy, while dishwashers use less soap, one-sixth of the water, and half the energy. But, researchers agree that they need more studies like this to test heavy soiled dishes and real household conditions.
In addition to this article, we would suggest you to try and use a natural dish detergent, as the store-bought ones are loaded with chemicals. The FDA has even banned some anti-bacterial dish soap brands.