I dare try to air dry (Day 45)…

No, not my hair, god forbid — my plates! The recommendation to switch the setting on my dishwasher from “heat dry” to “air dry” came from a helpful Thistle reader (I forget who it was, but feel free to take credit in the Comments section below). It was an idea that never would have crossed my mind, being yet another function on yet another appliance that doesn’t get noticed until something goes wrong.

Of course, something is going wrong … global warming! (OK, I don’t even think that made sense, but I can’t resist a classic CNN transition.)

Anyway, sure enough, I knelt down today to examine the control panel of my dishwasher and there it was: the button that really should have said, “To save the environment, press here” on it.

So from now on, because my dishes aren’t in a rush to go anywhere, they’ll be dried by nothing but gravity, time and air. Almost sounds poetic, doesn’t it?

9 Responses to I dare try to air dry (Day 45)…

  1. Bill F says:

    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog and look forward to seeing how the year goes for you 😀

    The air drying is a great idea. We’ve been doing it for a while now. It saves money and is good for the environment. It is also a lot easier on any plastic items. I recently discovered a new trick which is to open the door a few inches as soon as it quits running. It lets the humid air out and everything dries much sooner.

  2. Lori V. says:

    Hey, I just started this recently, too, Vanessa! It’s not as hard to do as you might think… and for those procrastinators amongst us, it gives us an excuse to wait to unload the dishes! 🙂

    I’m off to our local National Day of Climate Change rally! Wooohooo!

  3. This is a great idea! I’m going to start implementing it as soon as I get around to doing the next load (which will hopefully be soon because I AM one of those procrastinators you mentioned so my dish pile is horrendous.)

  4. Gwyn says:

    We just started doing that recently, but also with bicard instead of normal dishwashing powder, and I have to say – our glasses are murky at best and you cannot see your reflection in our stainless steel cutlery! I am not sure if it is the powder, or the lack of hot air drying, but I would love to hear whether you notice a difference. I’ll still keep it up – I just need to adjust my expectations!

  5. carissa says:

    Gwyn, I don’t have a dishwasher, but have found that with my stainless steel cutlery, if I towel-dry them immediately after washing, they will be nice and shiny. If I let them air-dry, they look spotty.

  6. I find that the dishes never actually dry, even with the door open a bit so you end up doing a lot of towel drying.

  7. gettinggreen says:

    I find it’s working just fine, but I also tend to turn the dishwasher on before I go to bed, then I don’t actually need clean dishes until the morning…

  8. danielle says:

    Do I really have to be the one to point out that maybe you should start phasing out the dishwasher all together? I mean, you live solo, correct?

  9. Nicole says:

    I actually hate the heat dry setting. If–God forbid–there’s any food left on the supposedly clean plates (such as on the bottom of a glass), the heat dry bakes it on. With air dry, you don’t need to worry about that.

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