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No washing the dishes

I do not wash the dishes. Dish washing is stressful for my neck. It turned out to be possible to cook and bake without having to wash the dishes.

As drinking cups I use cardboard disposable cups. In 2015 I bought a thousand of them for 63 Euros.
They are large cups of 480 ml.
cardboard cups
When I have leftovers that I want to keep in the fridge, then I use these cups. I cover them with cling film. This way I don't have to wash any containers.

My cutlery, my plate and my pan are entirely made of stainless steel.
After using my cutlery or my pan, I rinse it with water and a brush. That is mostly just cold water from the tap. Then I let it dry. When I need it the next time, then I just use it.
I use an induction cooker. That is much more convenient for me than a gas cooker.

Stainless steel plates are a lot easier to use than normal plates for me. They are very light in weight and easier to rinse off.
stainless steel plates

Below is a photo of my cutlery. This is almost the only cutlery that I use for everything.
A peeler knife that is completely stainless steel and is not too small, was hard to find. So I made that myself from a normal knife.
Below is a photo of the knife, and the peeler knife that I made from such a knife by grinding away a part.
peeler knife

My pan is completely made of stainless steel:
Pan: Sola Profiline deluxe 18 cm.

I had a non-stick skillet:
After three years of usage (and being careful), the non-stick layer was not good anymore.

After that I tried a skillet without a non-stick layer. They are often heavy. A skillet of stainless steel is not the most ideal material, but it was the only option for a skillet without non-stick layer that is suited for a induction hob and which is not heavy.

stainless steel skillet hendi stainless steel skillet bottom side
Merk: Hendi
Type: Kitchen Line 24cm
Prijs: 25 euros in 2018

Below is the skillet after seasoning multiple times:
stainless steel skillet after seasoning
I don't use water, I clean the skillet with kitchen paper. When something does stick to the skillet, then I heat up the skillet and use kitchen salt and kitchen paper to rub it clean.

When I bake pancakes, then I need something to make the batter in. I managed to do that without having to wash the dishes as well.
pancakes without doing the dishes
I bought small plastic mixers of 39 eurocents each. They fit in a electric drill, because mixing the batter manually causes too much stress for my neck. I could wash the mixers afterwards but I also can use them just once. By making the batter in a disposable cup, no dishwashing is needed. The cup is enough for a few pancakes.

When dealing with raw meat, fish or chicken, I make sure that almost nothing comes in contact with the raw product. I use wooden disposable sticks to remove it from the packaging. Sometimes I use a disposable glove.
Some supermarkets sell vacuum-packed meat and salmon which can be placed in a sous vide without having to open the packaging.

Of course, I pay close attention to hygiene.
I rinse my cutlery and my plate and pan well, so nothing sticks to it.
There may of course be some oil (for example olive oil) left, but that is not a problem in terms of hygiene.
My pan itself is heated during the next cooking session, so my pan can not pose a problem.
The brush that I use to clean my cutlery and my pan must be clean, so I put the brush sometimes in a cup with hot soapy water or washing soda.
I regularly replace the kitchen towel. If I use a small cloth for the countertop, it is no longer than one day on my countertop. I think that I'm more hygienic than most others this way, even though I do not wash the dishes.


A dishwasher probably requires more actions and causes more troubles for my neck and back then what I have now. With a dishwasher I also have to bend a lot.
Since I don't have dishes anymore, a dishwasher is not needed.

Last change to this page: November 2018