Many things are done differently in India than in the west, and I haven’t always found them to be agreeable. I’ve previously written about my tryst with the Indian wet bathroom, typical Indian kitchen, and Indian cleaning implements (which I’ve actually grown to like, since discovering their various purposes and how to use them properly). However, one thing I’ve LOVED from the beginning is the humble Indian dishwash bar!
When I was living in Australia, I couldn’t stand washing the dishes. There, the kitchen sink is filled up with hot soapy water, which gets progressively filthy as each dirty dish is submerged in it and washed. By the end of the washing session, the water is usually oily and full of food particles. Yuk! Fortunately, I had an electronic dishwasher in my house to take care of the job.
In India, I discovered that dishes are washed in a totally different way. Instead of being put in a sink with detergent and water, they’re washed under a running tap. But what about the detergent? It actually comes in the form of a frothy soap bar — simply wipe a wet sponge over it and onto the utensil.
Strangely enough, my dad prefers to wash dishes in the same way as me — Indian style. Dishwash bars have become a fixture in my parents’ house too, since I brought them back from India a few years ago!
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