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Why I can’t live without my dishwasher

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Tell me, out of all of the appliances in your home, what the ones that you think you can live without? Your washing machine, your stove, your blender?

I used to be one of those people who was all “Hand washing dishes isn’t a big deal!” Right. Just say no. I truly cannot live without my Frigidaire dishwasher.

So what changed my mind about needing a dishwasher? It was a throwback to a moment I like to call “That time I was 9 months pregnant with our first child and our dishwasher broke”. We were living in the condo in Toronto and I was already a typical soon to be first time over panicked Mom. Then our dishwasher motor (from a different brand that came with the condo) gave out and I remember going “Ok it won’t be so bad”. Very long story short, we wound up not having a dishwasher for the almost the next half year.

And it was hell.

Do you know what it’s like having a newborn, not having a clue what you’re doing and being a zombie to boot? First time parenting is hard enough because you are completely terrified you are doing everything wrong. Then you learn how many messes little babies make. Little babies then become toddlers who make bigger messes who need to learn how to eat. Bottles need to be sterilized. Food needs to be pureed and made. Your own meals that you’re cooking, wind up half not eaten on the counter tops because of your crying newborn thus adding to your dish pile. You’d sell your soul for 30 minutes of sleep. The last thing you want to be doing is washing dishes.

I remember my (our) fingers looking like prunes for months. It was this never ending rotation of stuff. Drying dishes on the counter. More dishes in the sink. Crying baby. Repeat. By the time we got a replacement it was staggering how much time we got back to ourselves. Needless to say the first thing we bought when we moved to our first home was a dishwasher. It was an earlier Frigidaire model, which we paid forward to friends after I joined the Frigidaire #TestDriveMoms team and we were lucky to get the Frigidaire Orbit Clean Gallery dishwasher to try out.

What do I like best about my the Orbit Clean Gallery Frigidaire dishwasher? Outside of all of the modern and energy saving features it has that I wrote about in full review of it, for me it continues to be the simple fact that I do not have to wash dishes. Period.

In fact here is a random list of everything you can do aside from washing dishes:

– Play with your kids.
– Watch a movie with your family.
– Bake cookies and make a mess in the kitchen knowing you do not have to clean up all of the dishes and pots and utensils you are using to make those cookies.
– Ride a bike, go skiing, go swimming, fly a kite.
– Read a book, put your feet up and have a glass of wine. Have another glass of wine because the Frigidaire dishwasher you have contains special grips just to hold your wine glasses. True story.
– Go shopping, go for a walk, get together with friends.
– Do fun crafts or a home decor project.
– Drink some more wine.
– Bake a cake to celebrate you not having to wash dishes.
– Write some blog posts about why everyone needs a dishwasher and how grateful you are for your Frigidaire Orbit Clean Gallery dishwasher.

Your time is important.

How you spend it should matter.

And if you have an appliance that gives you that time to do things in your day that give you more value (than say washing dirty dishes), it is a wonderful thing to have.

Frigidaire Gallery OrbitClean Dishwasher -

Our dishwasher by the way, is going to have a new spot in our kitchen soon, as we are hoping to get the kitchen renovation started in the near future. Like I said in the full Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher review, this dishwasher is too sexy for this kitchen (the Barney Stinson Cheerleader effect).

And I look forward to sharing that in a series of posts I will nickname “How to renovate a kitchen and not get divorced”.

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  As always, the opinions on this blog are my own.  

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  • Reply
    Kirsten (@Momofmunchkins)
    January 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I can’t live without my dishwasher either! Ours died a few weeks ago and we were without for about a week. It was pure torture. Getting a new one wasn’t in the budget so I was preparing myself mentally to living without one. A friend of mine saw my sad post on Facebook and came to my rescue. She had just updated all of her appliances and was getting rid of her 10 year old, but fully functional dishwasher. My husband picked it up that night and it was installed by bedtime. It’s not the prettiest dishwasher on the block, but it does its job very well.

    • Reply
      January 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story! I completely understand. It is astonishing how quickly the dishes add up in a short period of time.

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    Moe a.k.a. @biggirlblue
    January 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    We thought we could live without an air conditioner when we moved into a new apartment that didn’t have one. One night after we had bitched at one another all day over piddly stuff we were sitting around sweating and my DH asked if I wanted to go get an air conditioner. With an hour left before closing we hopped into the truck and headed to the store to get one. By midnight it was set up in a spare room bedroom and we were happy campers again.

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    Alex - The Interior DIYer
    February 1, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Would you believe we don’t have a dishwasher? In fact, since moving to Ireland close to 11 years ago, I haven’t had a dishwasher. I’m the dishwasher. The strain on my face can prove it. And I tell you, it’s like a nightmare every time I step into our kitchen. The guilt. All the dishes just sitting there looking at me. So dirty. And they’re breeding. Multiplying. So many of them.

    If there is some sort of Frigidaire Ireland Ambassador program, I would very much like to be a part of it. Oh god, please.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I’ll totally ask them for you. I believe the dishwasher issue. My grandparents were in Poland and they never even had a fridge until they were much older. And even then it’s still the size of a mini bar fridge. They used to hand wash their clothing and hang it in the attic to dry. I remember visiting as a child and thinking how different my life would have been. It makes me appreciate all the modern tech they didn’t have that much more.

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    [email protected]
    February 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t live without a dishwasher either! Earlier this year I went without one for a couple of months and it was sheer torture! 😉

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