dish water hands and a poll

i have no dishwasher. i also have no hot water in the kitchen. and i have a tendency to be, well, a little lazy. meaning, i’m not going to boil water to do the dishes. i just do them in cold. and from what i can tell, that is the norm here. i’ve managed to convince myself that this is okay. mainly because so far it’s worked and, oh, yeah, i’m a little lazy.

but because i’m not 100% convinced that this is the best way to do dishes i’ve decided to let you guys have the final say. yep, it’s a poll. so, go for it, have your say. and don’t worry. i won’t be too disappointed if i only have one poll answerer. i can always call it a learning experience – now i know how to put a poll on my blog.

but maybe not – while the poll seemed to work in theory, it didn’t so much work out for real.

on to plan b – if you guys will all grab a dry erase marker. circle the answer that you feel is correct.

dishes must always be done in hot water or you will die.

it is perfectly fine to do dishes in cold water unless you’re a pansy.

now, if you don’t mind helping me to tabulate these results, please look closely at the answer you circled and write it down in the comment section. thanks for your most willing participation.

you might want to now go back and wipe the dry erase marker from your screen. and if you find it won’t come off, check your marker. if it says permanent, well, it’s possible your vote just mightย  not be counted.

23 thoughts on “dish water hands and a poll

  1. Lol! Um………… there a *don’t know?* option? I mean I’d tend to co with cold is fine, but then if you get sick I don’t fancy a lawsuit.

    oh, i won’t sue, i promise. so i’m going to put you down for a cold water vote – cuz i want to be able to remain a little lazy!!

  2. it is perfectly fine to do dishes in cold water unless youโ€™re a pansy.
    Then again, I prefer to do dishes in hot water because that’s how I was raised. Does that make me a wannabe pansy? (grin)

    hmmm… maybe there’s some cool club for wannabe pansies out there. and thanks for the comment!

  3. Nah, you won’t die. But hot water would be easier wouldn’t it? (I mean the washing part, not the fetching and boiling part.)

    definitely for greasy type things. and i will boil water for those types of things, if they are bad.

  4. I just remember in girl scouts if we didn’t have hot water, we had to add a little bleach to the cold water–maybe you could try that. I’m pretty laid back about most things, but washing in cold water would freak me out.

    i think my thinking really is how hot does water have to be to sanitize and how hot can my hands take? okay, my thinking is really, how long does it take to boil water, but i do think it would be too hot for my delicate hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. i vote for bleach to the water! I am answering seriously my only concern would be wasing raw meat from things? Have you asked the other american moms from the school. I am sure you didn really want a “real” answer but I am giving one anyway! I tend to be lazy as well that is why we use paper plates eveyrday except holidays and sometimes then we use the fancier ones!

    no, real is good. i see that lillian has weighed in and i know that has lived here several years, and looks like she’s still alive and kicking!! ๐Ÿ™‚ those fancy paper plates aren’t so easy to come by here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. Oh no definitely NOT hot water.. this is one of those times when its much better to do as the locals…… Plus.. you save alot of time!! haha.. i’ve thought about using hot water in years ๐Ÿ™‚

    very good. and a definitely no hot water at that. i like the conviction there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ok this is when my people pleasing comes in, I want to say cold is fine because i think that will make less work for you but don’t want you to die from some germ thing so I am going to have to go with You must use hot! Happy boiling!

    so i have an all new thought when it comes to the germs. i’m invincible – if that red koolaid didn’t do me in, then nothin’ will… think that’s faulty??

  8. it is perfectly fine to do dishes in cold water unless youโ€™re a pansy.

    Hot water really is just to make it a little easier to do the dishes and rinse away the soap.

    If you’re worried about the germs just use the bit of bleach someone else suggested…on the raw food contaminated stuff! :LOL:

    if we’re vegetarians? then no problems, right? think c14 will go for that?

  9. Hi. You don’t know me – I’m an old friend of Trish and Graham and i get to your blog from his.
    My uncle- a rural farmers with a degree in microbiology – always insist on the importance of hot. Without a dishwasher, his family washs in cold, rinses in cold, puts the clean dishes on a dishrack, and then as a final step, pour boiling water across them to scald them and kill any remaining germs. As they cool, they dry super fast – an added benefit. Just a suggestion – middle ground to this debate.

    thanks for commenting!! i like the sound of this solution. my delicate hands won’t be scalded! thanks!

  10. Well, I waited to see what others were going to say. ( I guess I’m a people pleaser too.) So, I guess I don’t know. Cold water kind of weirds me out, but yet I’ve done it for clothes washing and that seems to be ok. We’ve always boiled it when camping, but maybe that’s water quality that matters then. It makes sense that it makes cleaning easier, so if it’s working with cold (no one’s sick) then stick with it.
    Please rethink the invincible thing. Stop taking drinks from strangers, please.

    okay, i’ll try to remember that i’m not invincible. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. no our boy would never go for the veggie thing!

    I like the pouring of boiling water! that’s brilliant!

    i don’t think he would be the only one to fight me on that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Coming from the Registered Dietitian….”Always in hot”. I think the microbiologist has the best solution. Of course a little bleach in the cold water won’t hurt either.

    i really like the solution of pouring hot water over after they are washed. now, water her is treated, don’t know if that matters.

  13. I agree, pouring boiling water is a great solution. It can be heating while you wash.

    i was thinking this exact thing.

  14. throw out the dishes and eat with your hands… just make sure you wash them in hot water first.

    but i have no hot water to any sinks… maybe i’ll just boil the water and stick them in!

  15. no doubt HOT water is the only way. unless of course the hospitals in Thailand are really cool. then go cold.

    i’m going to go find out how the hospitals are and then i’ll be more educated and can make a better decision.

  16. Please tell me you have hot water to shower with. I could never go anywhere where I couldn’t have my hot shower! lol.

    yes, we do have hot water in the showers. but there are many days when it just feels good to leave the hot water off and take a nice cold shower!!

  17. I think cold water is fine as long as its not for cleaning plates which raw meat has been on then I think hot water might be needed.

    I dunno surely in the middle ages people washed in COLD water and didn’t all drop down dead?! LOL

    Very environmentally friendly doing that by the way.. um, not so much on the bleach.

    ng – oh, that’s me. all about my footprint. ๐Ÿ™‚ actually, i have become more inclined to do the earth friendly things. i even have cloth bags to take to the grocery store with me. and lets see, i eat food from road side vendors, drink koolaid from strangers and wash dishes in cold water. wonder which one is the least risky… hmmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Germs and dropping down dead… haha. I’ve lived here since 1999 NEVER used hot water. I’m NOT dead, and we are quite healthy.. at least we aren’t more often sick than other families who wash with warm water. ( actually I only know one family who does it.. and only sometimes when her maid isn’t around.. ) Just for the record, all the restaurants you eat at, even the western ones, wash with cold water.. now that could be worrying….
    btw… I think you should listen to my advice.. after all I LIVE HERE hahahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

    i actually think the cold water wash is just fine. bh, he thinks i’m going to kill us all.

  19. dishes must always be done in hot water or you will die.

    i think that the pouring boiling water over everything when you are done would classify.

    this is also from the same person that gave their little babies cold milk. ;^)

    good luck, i would be lazy too. pour that boiling water!

    just so everyone knows, i’m going to tally the votes tonight and then if necessary stuff the ballet box so things go the way i want them to… at least i’m honest!

  20. In Scouts, we’d use dishes that 1) came out of a large plastic bin from the back of a trailer parked in the church lot for weeks on end, that 2) Scouts had eaten food that 3) Scouts had cooked and 4) Scouts had washed in some giardia-laden cold water with some bleach in it – haphazardly while snapping each other with dish towels, some weeks before at some other campout. None of us, even the adults, ever died. Cold works. Pour some over your head while you’re at it, sheesh, 110 degrees. And get some bleach. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and it doesn’t seem that you’ve contracted mad cow disease… and if i can pour it over my head, i’m all for it!!

  21. ok I admit to not reading allll of the comments, but all the filipinos i have known with no hot water used to wash dishes in running cold water. Is that what Thais do too?
    I’d say cold is fine (but i do like the sound of jlmcq’s theory).

    yes, that is what thais do. this debate continues at our house, but until we reach an agreement we continue to wash in cold. which works for me. so it’s okay with me if we never agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

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