Dishwasher in India

For centuries Indians have been enjoying the luxury of employing a battery of domestic helps like a cook, house maid, driver, gardener, etc. Nowadays people prefer to avail the services of Uber than appointing a cook or driver, but finding it difficult to manage their daily chores without the support of house maids. On the other hand house maids have been increasingly lackadaisical about their works in recent times. Some, especially the urbanites, may identify their maids in some way or the other with the poster shared in social media.

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There is always a choice if we are ready to adapt ourselves to a new lifestyle. Nevertheless I am not against employing a house maid, I find this as one of the best opportunities to empower an illiterate woman, support her children’s education, and improve the quality of life of less privileged family. However it is better to cast off the dependence on maids as over-reliant is likely to cause them distress as well. We can comfortably use home appliances for daily chores so that the vessels inside the kitchen sink or clothes dumped into the laundry basket need not remain dirty until the arrival of maid. Besides we may employ house maids for other chores that are not of high priority like mopping the floor or cleaning wall tiles, window grills, etc. I feel this kind of arrangement would eventually make all our lives easy & stress free.

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For reasons unknown dishwasher has not yet penetrated even into the homes of most of the upper-middle class people in India. They prefer to pay exorbitant salary to house maids rather than buying a dishwasher as the crux of the matter may be a lack of adaptability. Here I like to share the pros and cons of using dishwasher in India as I have been using this over 7 years.

Installation: It is similar to the installation of washing machine. We need to have a piped water connection preferably with river water. If you are using ground water you need to cross-check before buying the machine whether it is suitable for dish washer, it may get damaged if the water contains elevated levels of sodium, calcium, iron or other minerals.

Cost:

  • Cost of dish washer may be ranging between ₹30,000 and ₹130,000 approximately.
  • We may either use all-in-one detergent pods (₹35 for each wash cycle) or a combo of detergent, rinse aid & salt (approx.₹7-10 per wash cycle), so the cost of detergent may be between ₹200 and ₹1000 per month, you may refer these prices here.
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Benefits:

  1. Saves water: It requires less water than cleaning vessels under running water as water is sprayed with great force inside the dishwasher. Hence it is ideally suitable for drought-hit places in India.
  2. Hygienic: Vessels are cleaned by spraying hot water (at 45-90º C) at high pressure. So we can also sterilize feeding bottles, water bottles, and other infants & toddlers’ utensils.*
  3. Saves time: Dishwasher saves time as it washes & also dries up the vessels during every wash cycle.

* If you are sterilizing infant’s utensils, you can avoid using detergents and skip the drying process as well to eliminate the residue of detergents (if any). As a safety measure I have been using detergents minimally and you may check out the contents of detergents shown below for your perusal.

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What type of utensils can be washed in dishwasher?

We can load glassware, porcelain, melamine, stainless steel vessels, or any article including plastic labeled as dishwasher safe. Also articles that are difficult to clean manually like SS strainers, water bottles, oil can, pressure regulator used in a pressure cooker, etc., can be cleaned easily by dishwasher.

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 Items You Should Never Wash in the Dishwasher:

Since the detergent used in dishwasher is very powerful & effective and the water temperature is 40ºC or above, we should avoid loading articles that can not withstand the heat & strong detergent. So it is better to avoid delicate silverware, copperware, brassware, aluminum/ hard anodized/ nonstick cookware, earthenware, plasticware, woodenware, or any cookware with wooden handle. Also it is better to avoid loading mixer jar (as it is shallow in both top & bottom and hence difficult to drain off the water completely), hand-painted fancy articles (the paint may melt due to heat and stain the machine), expensive glass articles that are too fragile, etc.

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How to use dishwasher:

Firstly we need to add detergent before every wash cycle, but rinse-aid & salt can be added only when their indicators turned on.

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It is preferred to wipe off the food particles in the vessels before loading inside the dishwasher. Since the detergent pods are meant for powerful and effective cleaning, it may not require to scrub the vessels before loading (I use these pods when I feel lazy), but if you are using mild detergent powder (I prefer to use them daily) you may have to scrub and stack the vessels. In either case we should not load the soiled vessels that are dried up.

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If we understand how dishwasher works, we would be able to make use of the dishwasher efficiently. Generally there are 4 wash cycles viz., gentle wash, quick wash, normal wash & heavy wash, each with varied water temperature, water pressure (jet speed), and the number of washes/ rinses, so we can select the right cycle according to the load.

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Since water pressure is higher when sprayed by lower spray arm than the upper arm, we can stack highly soiled utensils in the bottom wire rack and slightly soiled vessels & light weight articles (like plastic lid) in the top rack. We need to stack vessels enabling the water to drain off easily, so large deep vessels may be kept upside down in the bottom rack and bowls, cups, plates and cutlery stacked in the racks as shown below.

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It is easier if we stack the vessels inside the dishwasher after every meal, and you can either run the machine after every meal (I would follow this only when I have guests at home), or at the end of a day (normally I would prefer this).

Conclusion: 

I recommend dishwasher to newly married girls as they are less addicted to the services of house maids. Dishwasher may not help to cut down the cost of cleaning but the quality of cleaning is certainly unparalleled to the hand wash. Besides it gives the sense of freedom and fulfillment, but I would be happier if I could find an efficient eco-friendly detergent suitable for my dishwasher. ?

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  1. An interesting post. Because I work during the week, I have a cleaning lady that comes in once a week. However, the night before she comes, I make sure that the house is in order, that the dishes are done, beds are made etc…I don’t expect her to clean my dirty dishes and sort out the house. All that she does is clean and she loves coming to my place. She also does a great job at it, for example, she’ll go out of her way to feed our cat or clean a dusty light fixture that’s hanging very high. I’ve had her for almost 10 years now and she’s like part of the family. She likes coming to our place. I have so much respect for cleaning ladies and I think that they can be of great help when we treat them fairly. I say thumbs up for the dishwasher and cleaning up our own messes in the kitchen. Doing household chores gets you moving and keeps you in shape and it’s fun when family members do it together!

    1. I’m delighted to find your comment resonating with my feelings expressed in this post. Thanks much for the truly insightful comment.
      It is nice to know that you both are so kind and are blessed with each other. 🙂
      Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

  2. Ms Megala’s posts are always detailed and nicely written! Nice post Ms Megala! 🙂 I agree with you, having a dishwasher is better than having housemaids. It is more hygienic, cost effective and best of all, breaks the dependence on someone. It is good if we all be independent and do our chores alone, but obviously with ease! 🙂

  3. Wow Megala, So interesting to read about your country. When we came to USA we did not know what to do with dishwasher and just store dishes in it. But now are use it every day it seems that the pile of dishes in the family Always stocks up in the sink so it works really well for us to use the dishwasher. It’s nice to hear that you guys are employee help. We don’t do this here very much.

    1. I’m glad you find this interesting! 🙂 Thanks, Luda, for sharing your experiences with dishwasher here.

  4. Thank you for the very interesting post. Right from the beginning of our married life, in 1982, my husband and I have made it a point to never leave any used dish in the sink. It has become a habit to wash the dishes immediately. So we don’t have any problem with washing dishes.

    1. It is really a good habit and it makes life so simple, I should have cultivated this ever since I get married as you planned it wisely. Thanks to dishwasher, my savior. 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing your account on dish washing here.

  5. here in the states, only the wealthy have folks to work in their homes – so indeed, a dishwasher is welcome. seems that no one ever thinks that others wash dishes well, so it’s a great thing to help keep down family arguing 🙂

  6. That’s an amazing review ? and such a nice info too !? I m planning to buy this since from 2 yrs but still not yet?

    1. Oh! I wish you would buy it in this New Year! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my posts.

  7. It’s interesting how most modern homes here in Canada have dishwashers and it’s a rarity in India. Ours doesn’t work so we are hand washing dishes 🙂

    1. Yes, it is rare here mainly for the reason that we have been enjoying the services of domestic helps.
      Thank you.

  8. A dishwasher and one of those cute little vacuum cleaners that go by themselves are the only household appliance gifts that my husband can buy me and that I would be suuuuper happy about 🙂 One day, when we get a house, I will make sure we get at least the dishwasher!

    1. Yes, it is indeed the best gift a woman could ask for. Wishing all your wishes come true soon! 🙂
      Thank you so much.

  9. Whoa expensive addition to the household if you are in India. But I suppose it would be a great investment in the long run. I can see my parents baulking at the suggestion. 😉

    1. You can reduce the energy & water consumption by selecting the appropriate wash cycle. I think you can just load tableware (light wash cycle) and cooking utensils (heavy wash) separately. But if you run the machine twice in the normal wash cycle, the power consumption would be 60 units/ month, cost for the same is 450 Rupees/month (even it falls under higher slab), and the water consumption is maximum of 15 Liters per cycle (which is far less compared to hand wash).
      Hope you would find this data helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Dishwasher is a common thing in the United States; however, I have never really looked at how it works!! The upper and lower spray arms!! amazing. ( I did not know what they were… haha!)
    I use dishwasher sometimes when I was too busy to deal with lots of dishes. It is truly a “life-saver” even for a very small family.
    Great information and observation! Love it!

    1. Yes, if we get used to dishwasher, we may not feel comfortable to use the dishes washed by any means. 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading this post!

  11. Such a wonderful post Megala I enjoyed it! I also love my dishwasher and it is indeed a great help here in the US where most of us don’t have a maid and we are so used to it.I very well know the dependence on maids In India (had moved to Bangalore for a couple of years in between)and yes it can be frustrating when you have a pile of unwashed dishes and you get the last minute notice they are on leave 🙂 It’s great to be independent indeed!

    1. Glad to find someone resonating with me,! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your personal account here.

  12. A comprehensive post Megala. I have finally bought a dish washer last year. Thanks to unending leaves taken by the maids. Though I still employ one, I am not anxious if she doesn’t turn up. ?

    1. Sounds good! Having dishwasher as a backup is really a freedom, isn’t it? 🙂
      Thanks much for reading this post.

    1. Yes, it is indeed an essential appliance for today’s kitchen. 🙂
      Thanks much!

  13. Very interesting post. As an Indian growing up abroad, I never understood the need for maids back home. Here, only very affluent families would have hired help and we certainly weren’t that so I grew up in a home where we (mom, dad, and the kids) took care of all the housework (cooking and cleaning). Present day, though most of my friends have hired help, I just can’t do it. Furthermore, we have a dishwasher but I still prefer to wash my dishes my hand! I guess like your posts suggests, it’s very hard to unlearn a certain way of life!

    1. So true! We have been relying on maids for every household chores, and it is really difficult to switch to machines.
      I don’t feel comfortable to use wet utensils, and I found the solution in dishwasher. Thus I got motivated to use dishwasher. Otherwise I would have managed with my maid like everyone else. 🙂
      Thanks so much for sharing your account on dish washing here!

    1. You are an amazing woman working with adults with developmental disabilities, growing fruits & vegetables in your garden, cooking for your grand children, a successful blogger, and I really wonder how could you find time for washing your dishes.
      Thanks for the inspiration, Diane! 🙂

  14. Very different and informative post from you. Well explained, I never thought to buy a dishwasher as I never considered cleaning vessels are so much difficult ( for me cleaning and mopping house is difficult) this post has created a thought to me of buying a dishwasher if it is user-friendly and time saving can definitely go for it. Now I will definitely check for a dishwasher.

    1. Thanks Subbashini!
      I suggest you to buy a dishwasher mainly for the quality of cleaning. Also it saves time not by cleaning faster but by drying faster. You may also need to do a manual pre-wash before loading which I don’t think you will find it difficult (because currently you have no issues with hand wash). Eventually you will definitely have the satisfaction of using sparkling clean utensils, so go for a high end dishwasher in the New Year. 🙂

  15. Hi Megala, Nice post and lot of time and information collected.
    To me personally, I am not finding it easy as our Indian cooking, we have to clean once before putting in dishwasher. So I find it easier to then clean it with soap myself. But I agree, when I was not well, It was a boon. My husband and my son were able to operate it.?

    1. Yes, initially I also felt the same, but later I learnt how to do the pre-wash effortlessly. You may find it easier if you (and your family) stack the utensils inside the dishwasher then & there, or you may soak them in a water tub and load them at the end. But if you keep accumulating the utensils inside the kitchen sink, soon they get dried up, and you will find it exhausting to scrub & then load them.
      Hope this will help to reduce your burden, thank you so much.

  16. Thank you for this Megala…it’s very kind of you to provide such household tips in context to modern times. I don’t think this is the case in India alone. Most Asian countries are more accommodated to washing by hand than using a dishwasher. While dishwashers are quintessential in the West,it’s still somewhat unheard of in Asia. The mentality also plays a part I guess, if I used a dishwasher in my home my mum would dub me as a ‘half-past six housewife and a lazy person. But I do think that dishwashers cut down the amount of work,energy and time so I might get one in the future. The only regrettable thing might be the exercise i might miss out(from washing dishes lol).Don’t fret about the maid part, what you said about them is true. It’s not easy to find a good helper/maid nowadays . Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on dish washing! I am so delighted to hear that you find this post useful & relatable.
      Have a great week ahead !

  17. Thanks so much for this wonderful post Megala! I was wondering if it could be used in Indian kitchens and did’nt know who to ask. Now I feel more confident about buying it. As for maids, well, you explained it well. If you are lucky , then all is well! If not, …….!!

    1. Glad that this post has motivated to buy a dishwasher. So go for the best brand and high end model so that you will enjoy the hassle-free dish washing for 15-20 years. 🙂
      Thanks Sheela!

  18. Just yeasterday I talked to my kamwali maushi (maid, she is serving us for almost 18 years) about my forth coming visit and discussing her availability. After talking to her I felt so relieved. It’s like a blessing hearing her cheerful and optimistic voice 🙂 Strishakti …

    1. So nice to treat your maid as a family member, you both are really blessed. 🙂
      Thanks so much!

  19. Good to see a different post Megala.?.You will be glad to know that I have been using dishwasher for past 12 years and totally satisfied and aware of it’s virtues.I would be happy to see if more and more people opt for it and get rid of the nuisance caused by maids.

    1. Oh, so glad to hear that you have been using it for quite a long time. If we get used to dishwasher we can not allow anyone to wash our dishes. 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing your views here.

  20. Megala, excellent topic. Thanks for the article.
    At home we don’t keep maids or house help. They’re too troublesome. We’ve got a dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum cleaner and we do all the work ourselves. The machines definitely make our work easier, but we still need to do the dusting and the wet floor cleaning ourselves.
    I think you have to be really wise to use a dishwasher in your home, it’s such a boon.

  21. Megala, my dearest Keith keeps asking me to install a dishwasher. Hahaaa… I am my ‘house-maid’, so to speak, and the times when I’ve had a dishwasher (wherever I’ve lived) I have still washed by hand.
    However, I do appreciate all that you have said about efficiency and the like. My daughter swears by hers and would not be without it. She does not understand why I do not… 🙂
    I’m so pleased you have a dishwasher. With all the cooking you do there is more than enough reason for the practicality of a machine. 🙂

    1. Yes, we are all unpaid cooks, maids, and home drivers too. ?
      Thanks much, dear Page!

  22. Great information. I still don’t have a dishwasher due to the tiny size of my kitchen, but I’d sure love the easy and efficiency of cleaning some day!

    1. Yes, you surely would! I agree that kitchen size matters the most, it was difficult for me to take photos of dishwasher as my kitchen is small here.
      Thanks Hannah!

  23. I’ve only used a dishwasher after purchasing my house, and the dishwasher came with it, Since the house was new no one had ever used it. The reason why is my first job was at an appliance repair shop, and sometimes I’d have to go on service calls if it required 2 people, and if we were short of help. Taking apart a dishwasher, and seeing all the rotting food that settles inder the bottom, which in turn blows back onto dishes when the washer was used next made me shy away from them. But when we got our house, and I knew no one had used it I was fine. I always make sure to wipe everything off before putting anything in it to avoid this from happening to ours 🙂 They are very convenient most definitely 🙂

    1. Yes, I could very well resonate with your feelings as dishwasher is like my right hand in the kitchen ! ?
      Thank you so much, dear Margaret!

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