Girls Write Out
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Here's the setup. I'm on my way home from Lowe's at Marion with my husband on Friday. He had a four day weekend. Diann calls (she's the email police and I'd forgotten to let her know I would be away from my computer.)

Me: Di, I got a dishwasher.

Di: Oh that's nice.

Me: No, you don't get it. I got a DISHWASHER. It was the first thing (after the water softener) Dave said he'd put in the house after we bought it. We've been there 10 years with no dishwasher and I finally got one!

Di: You've been washing dishes for ten years by hand? YOU, A FAMOUS AUTHOR?

Me: Yep.

Amazing isn't it? These hands that type out scenes where people die are also used for the mundane task of washing dishes. LOL Now mind you, that dishwasher is sitting in my garage until Dave gets it in (he's started the process so I expect him to finish it tonight) but the knowledge that I actually HAVE one keeps surprising me. I have a dishwasher. I have a dishwasher. I HAVE A DISHWASHER!!

The excitement of it may carry me right through this next book I'm writing and get it written in record time. LOL But now I need some advice. You who have been lucky enough to stay atop the advances in dishwashing science, what's the best dishwasher soap?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:19 AM  
  Comments (19)
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At 8:57 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I know exactly how you feel, C. This house is the first home where I've had a dishwasher. I soon fell in love with the machine. Sigh.

Then one weekend we ran out of dishwasher liquid and do you know we actually let those dishes sit in the sink for almost three days until we got to the store to get the liquid. I looked at my husband as we were filling the dishwasher and said, "Do you find it odd that it never occurred to us to wash the dishes by hand for the weekend?" LOL. We're spoiled will be too. You'll never go back. ;)

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Doug said...

I have managed to have broken dishwashers THAT NEVER GOT FIXED in all three of the houses we've lived in. Seriously, we BUILT this house 13 years ago and I used the dishwasher maybe TWICE before it broke. So, 30.5 years of marriage with no dishwasher.

Colleen, you may have guessed I have NO advice about soap!!!

Katy McKenna

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Reese said...

Oh, Colleen, I feel for you! I lived for 3 1/2 years in a house with a tiny German sink, no dishwasher and a family of 6. It was the major reason we decided to move. I couldn't take it anymore. This was my reaction to finally having a dishwasher:



At 11:08 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I had a dishwasher at the house we had built out in the country so I thought sure I'd get one in here VERY soon. Um, I was sure wrong.

But hey, better late than never! Reese, I can so identify with your poem! LOL

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

My new dishwasher, which I just got in March died over the holiday weekend, and no one works on dishwashers over the holiday weekend, so alas, I was switching into your part and washing by hand all weekend. LOL I don't mind it actually. Oh I'd mind it everyday though, you're a better woman than me.

If you have the water softener you may not need it, but I like that jet dry stuff to keep the spots off the dishes.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I have a dishwasher - a very manly one... my husband!! Aren't I lucky??? (we don't have room for the automatic kind :)

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Congrats on the dishwasher!

Did you know that it takes less water to use a dishwasher than to wash the dishes by hand? Well, that's what the Turkish government water conservation / public service ads said this summer. We're in the midst of a terrible drought, and very little water is left in the Istanbul water reservoirs. The government was urging people to use dishwashers!

So, you can revel in having the dishwasher and feel virtuous about saving water, too! Enjoy!

At 2:42 PM, Blogger TwistedCandles said...

The Cascade gel! Cleans the dishes with no film and there's no dust to deal with. Comes in really big bottles too.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'd heard that about dishwashers using less energy. Makes me feel very virtuous, Pam. LOL

Cascade gel! I'll try it. Thanks!

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Ahh, we have had a dishwasher for EVER but Mom never wanted to use it. Then, all of a sudden, she did. Weird, huh? It was around the time she started dating, but it's no help now that she's married. For some reason, my stepdad cannot figure out that you are supposed to put the dishes IN the dishwasher rather than leave them in the sink covered with food. Huh. And men think they're more advanced.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have a dishwasher in about half an hour, girls! Whoohoo!

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Sam's Club dishwasher soap. LOL Works fine. But - be sure to use Jet Dry no matter what kind of soap you use. Especially if you have hard water. That stuff makes all the difference in the world.

No Jet Dry = spots.

I use the solid one you hang in the top rack. You do't have to guess when it's gone, you can see it. And it lasts longer than the liquid kind.

Okay, my helpful hosuehold hints is over.

Congrats on the dishwasher. :o) Naughty Dave for letting you hang in the 19th century for so long. LOL

At 2:19 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

We never had one, But my Aunt New house came with a dishwasher and it's a no,no to use.
Even with 8 to 10 people living with her at one time, she would wash by hand all of them,even till this day!
If I ever get one I'll soooo going to use it!
Happy dishwashing!

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

A dishwasher has been a major time saver in our house with my daycare and teenage boys.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran the dishwasher and when the cycle finished, I opened it to find the dishes dirtier than when I started the cycle. Ummm, gross. Come to find out, the Casade gel I had been using was clogging up the filtering system. Umm, double gross.

I visited several online sites for dishwasher troubleshooting and they all said the same thing--stay away from dishwasher gels because they wreck havoc on your dishwasher parts and plumbing.

I switched to the Electrosal tabs with Jet Dry, detergent, and a degreaser all in one. No more gucky dishes!

At 9:50 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

I use Cascade gel as well- though I would recommend reading the instruction manual thoroughly and the directions on the dish soap. How much you use will depend on what kind of water you have. For two years I insisted that our dishwasher didn't work until I read the instructions which said I was using too much soap. Ouch.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

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At 4:21 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

Congrats! I went to Costco and found the best detergent I've ever used! It's the Cascade 2in1 ACTION PACS....Powerful cleaning Plus Shine Shield (whatever that means!). It's a 90 pac container so I won't run out and have to rush to the store anytime soon. No messy gels or powders to deal with... just grab a pack and put it in. I love the convenience!

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Betsy Ann said...

My dishwasher has been broken for over a year now. I totally understand! I can't wait til we get in our new house and I have a big stainless steel washer! Oh, the anticipation =)

::saluting with pruny, dishwater hands::

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Colleen, I can so relate. I haven't had a dishwasher for a couple of years now, since the last one broke. I absolutely HATE washing dishes, so my daughter was doing them, and now since she's in college - my husband is doing them. Getting a new one just hasn't been in the budget. I used to swear by the gel soaps, but after hearing what Lisa said, I guess I'd reconsider. My mother in law uses those pacs or tabs or whatever you call them and she loves them. Gets a giant box from Sam's and she's set for a while. Have fun with the new appliance - I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets giddy about these things :-)


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