The advent of the home automatic dishwasher was viewed as a miracle by most women. Traditionally, women do the dishes in the household and to have a machine that will wash them was a miracle for many busy women. Today, dishwashers are just a standard piece of kitchen equipment for most of us, we wouldn’t dream of being without one.
Perhaps we should dream about it, or at least consider it, in light of a new study that indicates kids are healthier if they live in a home that hand-washes dishes.
It’s not the kids doing the dishes by hand (though that’s not a bad idea), but it’s the bacteria left behind on the hand-washed dishes that make kids healthier.
But wait a minute, Flávio said isn’t that another reason we love and need our dishwashers? Don’t they clean the dishes and kill bacteria better than hand-washing. Yes, and therein is the problem.
Without exposure to bacteria, the body can’t build up a natural immunity to it. Hand-washed dishes leave trace amounts of germs and bacteria on the dishes so kids are exposed to a variety of illness-causing bacteria and their immune systems are the better for it. Children who live in a household that hand-washers dishes have fewer allergies and fewer skin irritations, like eczema, according to the study.