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13 squeaky clean fun facts about dishwashers

Posted by / September 17, 2014

Is not having a dishwasher a dealbreaker for you when it comes to renting or buying a place? How did people live without these magic machines back in the day?

If you’re laughing at the first-world-problem-esque nature of those questions, that’s fine, we’ve washed plenty a dish by hand ourselves, but to give this staple of the modern kitchen its due, Foodbeast whipped up this list of fun facts about one of our favorite appliances.

1. Dishwashers were invented in 1887 by a rich lady thanks to her servants always chipping her fine China.

The first reliable, hand-powered, dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887. Cochrane, who never washed dishes herself apparently invented the dishwasher because her servants were constantly chipping her fine china. Cochrane went on to produce dishwashers with her own company, which later became KitchenAid. (Source: ForgottenNewsMakers)


2. The first dishwashers were hand-operated, wire compartments that held the dishes while they were sprayed with hot soapy water

Since it wasn’t fully automatic, operators had to work a hand crank to get the dishes clean. Makes you appreciate the tech we have now, amiright? (Source: UMICH)

Full story at Foodbeast.

Homemaking trivia time!

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