When you decide to ditch single use items in your daily life there is a downside that no one ever mentions in those cutesy Buzzfeed click bait lists of “15 Items to Get You to Ditch Disposables.” The downside is so many dishes. And almost all of it is hand washed.
Replace your children’s disposable sandwich bags with reusable silicone bags? Get ready to hand wash four of those things with a bottle brush every day, five days a week.
Replace water bottles with Hydro Flasks? Get ready to scrub those out every couple of days for fear that the insides will begin to resemble a middle school science experiment gone wrong.
Replace paper coffee cups at work with a stainless steel mug? Get ready to bring that home every couple of days to wash out the gunk from whatever that coffee is in the communal kitchen.
It just adds up to so many dishes. Combined with a maniacal focus the past six months on home cooked meals and I feel like my life revolves around dishes. Not cooking meals, but cleaning dishes. A family of four trying to not use any single use, disposable items goes through a ton of dishes. Like running the dishwasher and hand washing a pile of stuff every day.
However, the addition of kitchen work pales in comparison to what you might have been throwing away. Just think about the plastic bags in my kids’ lunches. A week would equal 20 disposable bags. That is over 80 disposable bags per month. I might only be on week 3 of using a reusable alternative, but I think it is worth it.
Don’t even get me started on the stainless steel coffee mug that I have been using in the office since 2001. Yes, my coffee mug is old enough to head off to college.