Around the House Eliminating the Unnecessary Self Improvement

Breaking bad habits: Dishwashing knives

Our knives used to go straight to the dishwasher...not anymore.

A few months ago, I read an article in “Real Simple” about the bad habits that people have. Things like fidgeting, slouching, constantly running late and gossiping made the list. This week, I’m touching on some of my bad habits and what I’m doing/not doing to try and fix them as I Eliminate the Unnecessary habits.

One of things that I read in another article in the same issue of “Real Simple” was how bad it was to put knives in the dishwasher. This is something I do all the time and that my husband has complained about forever. Well, not forever, just since we got married and started using knives, because before that…well we used plasticware to cut our food.

We noticed pretty early on that putting the knives in the dishwasher, especially point-side down, was starting to bend the tips. We bent a few of them back and swore on our lives we wouldn’t put the knives in the dishwasher anymore. And if we did, it would only be if the tips were pointed up.

But then we got a dog and he’d lick the dishes while we were loading them in the dishwasher (don’t tell me your dog doesn’t try to do the same). And then we had kids and we were afraid they’d poke their eyes out on the pointy tips, so we started putting them in tip-down again. And my husband noticed that more and more of our steak knives were coming out looking a little less in command every time.

Now I spend the few seconds it takes to wash all of our knives by hand.

I read the article in “Real Simple” and it sobered me up.

It only takes about 10 seconds to wash the knife by hand. I have things to wash by hand every day, adding a few extra knives to the list isn’t going to make or break me. I was essentially going to ruin the knives by continually putting them in the dishwasher.

In my case, I saw it as New Set of Knives or Sometimes Else Shiny And New.

New won out. I don’t want to re-buy knives! I want to keep these ones forever. Or at least until something more trendy comes out.