When my daughter was thinking of something to buy me for Christmas she knew that we have been trying to get rid of clutter and unwanted (but maybe loved) items. I resolved last January 1st to get rid of one item every day if I no longer used/needed it and although I haven’t exactly done one thing every day, every day, I have got rid of a lot, certainly more than 366 items. So being practical my daughter was wondering what to get me.
Her friends were horrified when, along with other nice things such as a beautiful scarf and practical things such a personal travel kit, she bought me washing up bowl… yes… a washing up bowl.
it wasn’t just any washing up bowl however, it is made by Joseph Joseph which is a really favourite make of mine, it is in durable white lovely quality plastic with a bright green plug-home (green is my favourite colour, and the plug hole is really practical with a waste-catching drainage feature)
As you can see it also has handles so you can lift it out and carry it somewhere else… now you might wonder why I would want to – well, supposing I’ve been scrubbing potatoes ready to bake, the water would be full of mud which I wouldn’t want to go down the drain, so I could take the bowl and empty it outside on the garden water, mud and all!
This is a post I wrote about washing up bowls some time ago:
For some reason I seem to write a lot of posts about domestic tasks and chores… which is strange since I actually don’t do many… I really hate housework, and although I do it, it’s always an effort. Some people seem to really enjoy household activities… Not me!
A friend from Australia remarked that it’s only British people who have plastic washing up bowls in their sinks… everyone else, according to him, just runs water straight into the sink and washes the dishes there. Well, I had no idea… So why do I use a washing up bowl? Well, I guess it’s useful to be able to take it out with the washing up still in it if I want to do something like strain the potatoes into the sink… I guess if you have two sinks then that isn’t a problem. Also if I only have a small amount of washing up to do I can boil water in the kettle and use that in my plastic bowl, rather than running the hot tap to have enough in the sink…
I know in some countries having a container full of water to wash dishes is thought to be unhygienic, and people prefer to do the washing up under a running tap… well, we have to pay for our water usage so that would be quite expensive, also, it might empty all the hot water from the tank, if the tap is just running…
Historically most ordinary households wouldn’t have had sinks; water would have been brought in buckets from a well or pump and then decanted as needed. Then a bowl to contain water to wash dishes would have been the only way to do it; later such chores as washing clothes would have moved from an outside activity in a stream or river, to an inside activity, using a sink – then it would have been important to have a separate bowl for dish washing. The first sinks would have been made of some hard material, some sort of stoneware or ceramic and it would be easy to accidentally break dishes or cups against the sides, so an inserted tub or bowl would have been practical from that point of view.
I must say, until our Australian friend talked about how odd we are to have bowls, I had never considered it… now I think about it every time I stand at the sink!