Retro Kitchen: A New (But Old) Way to Wash Dishes

We ran the dishwasher about five times last week between all the pies, birthday cake, sweet potato muffins, and regular dinners that got whipped up in our kitchen. Since we have an Energy Star-rated dishwasher, use Seventh Generation powder, and pack it full each time, we don’t feel too guilty about that. But we’ve also talked about taking things back to the basics, and cutting out some electronic gadgets. Which brings us to the Dishmaster, a vintage device we heard about through a reader tip.

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…And she says that it conserves water and detergent when used in place of an automatic dishwasher. We haven’t dug into the details yet, but we think this would be a great investment for someone who’s currently living without a dishwasher. And with all the hoopla about all things vintage (Mad Men comes to mind), this would really take a kitchen back.

According to the Dishmaster site, it’s “Clean, green, and all the rage in California, where there are water restrictions.” The official Dishmaster soap is unscented, biodegradable, and phosphate-free.

What do you think? Do any of you readers have one? Would you install one in your kitchen?

Originally published 2008-12-02 – CB