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On May 18th, National No Dirty Dishes Day suggests taking a break from your regular daily routine. There are a few options for this day.

The problem with dirty dishes is no one likes them. In fact, if we could produce a 5 course meal without dirty dishes, we probably would. Dirty dishes pose a number of problems, besides more work. In fact, dirty dishes can cause some life threatening diseases such as:

  • Salmonella;
  • Campylobacteria;
  • Clostridium perfringens;
  • Norovirus; and
  • Staphylococcus aureus (Staph).

Germs are the main reason having no dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink are important. However, there are benefits, too. There is something pleasing about a clean kitchen. Unlike watching television or reading a book, no one considers washing dishes to be a therapeutic for your mental health. But, it can be.

Washing dishes can relieve tension. In fact, it can put you in a state of self-improving your well-being. Because doing dishes is somewhat of a simple task, the act of movement in the water can reduce stress and build a strong immune system. The benefit of lowering stress levels results in a more relaxed mind and body, resulting in a better you.

If you’re not sure what to do during National No Dirty Dishes Day, we can come up with a few reasons to help yo along. You can:

  • Eat all meals out. Order take out and eat your meals in the containers they come in.
  • Use disposable plates, cups, and silverware. To stay earth-friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
  • Fast. While not everyone can fast, occasional fasting can be good for the body.
  • Eat only foods that come in their own containers and eat small meals. For example, eat a banana for breakfast. Prepare hard-boiled eggs the day before and enjoy them for lunch.
  • Keep your dirty dishes down to a minimum by washing every dish you use as you use it. That way, no dirty dish ends up in the sink.


  • Go out to lunch or dinner with friends.
  • Prep and eat dry food out of a container or small baggie.
  • Prepare a one-skillet/pan meal by cooking everything together.
  • Order takeout and eat in a nearby park.
  • Hose a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils.
  • Share you dish-free day by tagging #NoDirtyDishesDay on social media.


  • The Stone Age (500.000-12.000 BC): Eating utensils were primarily rocks/stones used for cutting meat and fruit. Animal horns were used as drinking utensils, while pieces of wood were used as utensils.
  • Neolithic era (12.000 – 3.000 BC): Evolving technology for preparing food and eating advanced to small stone pieces forming knives and spoons were made of wood and animal bones.
  • Bronze Age (3.000 BC – 400 AD): Production of weapons and other objects were created, including knives, spoons and some durable bowls.
  • 5th through 11th Centuries: Spoons and knives were mainstream. However, most utensils were more common among the wealthy. Lower class people would continue to eat with their hands.
  • 1533: Catherine de Médicis of Italy brought to spoons to France that were already being used by Italian nobles. This was the first the spoons that were in use by Italian nobleman.
  • Early 17th century: The fork and knife became a common utensil. However, people still “stabbed” their food with knives more than the fork.
  • 1630: The fork and knife began arriving in North America. It was later discovered Native Americans already had their own version of eating utensils.
  • Mid-18th century: Four tinned forks made with a curve were the standard design for eating utensils. It is the same design we still use today.
  • 19th century: Specialized eating utensils, such as soup spoons, sardine forks and jelly/butter knives were developing.
  • 1920s: The invention of stainless steel would play a huge roll in the creation of easily produced eating utensils.
  • Late 20th Century: Plastic silverware became readily available.

Any thoughts, humorous or otherwise ?


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