The perils of washing dishes in England
Posted on December 23, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
I wash dishes at work often – we sometimes work in community centres with kitchens because food is a great way to promote any outreach we are trying to do. I also anticipate helping to wash dishes during the holidays here. I have one complaint and one curiosity about washing dishes in Britain. I’ll start with the complaint.
Why do many British people not rinse the soap off their dishes when they wash them by hand. The dishes get scrubbed and then go straight onto the draining board all soapy. I’ve been served cold drinks in clear glasses where you could easily see the partially disolved dried dishsoap in the bottom of the glass. Dish water gets dirty folks – I don’t care if you dry your dishes immediately, your dish towel will just collect the dirty soapy water and thus the dishes just stay dirty.
Now for the curiosity – what exactly is a tea towel? I’ve used both fluffy cotton towels (which in my opinion tend to leave a little fluff on the dishes) and I’ve used the smoother, tightly woven stiff types of towels. I thought both qualified as tea towels but when British volunteers work in the kitchen with me they often ask for a tea towel when they have a perfectly good clean towel in their hand. And I did try to work out whether one type of towel was more likely to be accepted as a tea towel but it seems both types are unsatisfying to some. So – what makes a towel a tea towel?
A quick Google revealed you can even get a Daniel Craig Tea Towel hahaha!