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Mar 30, 2014 07:06 PM

To wash (or not) dishes after being packed and moved?

I packed the dishes using new clean paper and/or bubble wrap... DH thinks everything should go for a spin in the dishwasher. I'm not sure I am being objective as I want the boxes gone and counters cleared. Opinions?

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    1. DH is OCD :) I wrap the same way JUST so I can put them directly into the cabinets. Ask him his rationale...and then debunk it!!! :)

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      1. re: c oliver

        Problem is I'm the chemical engineer and can explain there is likely some formaldehyde out gassing from the paper, and release agents, BPA, etc coming off the plastic.

        1. re: firecooked

          Over what period of time, to what extent and is it a true problem. But, god in heaven, if it makes someone skittish then sure, go for it.

      2. I agree with your husband. I would wash them.

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        1. If the dishes were washed and wrapped a day or two ago, and you've taken them straight to their new home in the back of your car, I would go ahead and use them. If, on the other hand, they were boxed up a few weeks ago and they have traveled by commercial transport, I would wash them. There are all sorts of little critters that might have come in contact with them on their journey, even in a sealed box, especially if they've had a visit to a warehouse or freight depot.

          1. Actually, I would just wash them because they'd give me the skeevies. Much like when a family member washes one of my food containers for me to take back home. That trip back home probably will no less encounter every bat guano, dog drool, kid feces, bird drip, and so on.

            Well, I am a bit paranoid. I don't come across any of those issues, but still I will wash it. Ick. :)

          2. Let DH wash the dishes. Meanwhile, pour a glass of wine and see if drinking it out of an unwashed glass kills you. Wine = great way to clear some [mental] counter space.

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            1. re: PinkLynx

              DH is working out of town, and I will spend at least some of this week surfing...

              1. re: firecooked

                Then the solution is clear. Tell him the dishes were washed (and they were, right? before you packed them) and put them in the cabinets. It really is too bad he's not there to supervise.

                1. re: foiegras

                  There ya go. And hopefully he won't die :)

                  1. re: foiegras

                    No, no, no. Please no. This kind of lie or trickery is never a good idea. It leads to all kinds of things, from smugness on the part of the trickster to guilt (also trickster). It can also make the tricked feel disgusted, repulsed and/or mistrustful of the trickster. All from a box of dishes!

                    There's nothing wrong with standing your ground and doing it your way, but you have to own the decision. The only explanation to which he's entitled is that you felt the dishes were already clean. That way he's free to disagree and wash them, without help (or comment) from you.

                    Either way, you'll feel good about what you did.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      I'm not seriously advocating lying per se. Using my packing method, the dishes are certified clean, by me, and do not need to be rewashed.

                      If it were me--and it probably wouldn't be me, because this guy sounds like he has control issues, OCD, or something--I would explain that in his absence, I am the manager in charge, and I am doing things the way I believe they should be done. If he feels strongly enough to wash everything himself, then I would place in the cabinets what I need for my personal use while he is gone, and leave the rest in boxes for him to deal with on his return.

                      1. re: foiegras

                        Agreed. It's like when any woman says (and,yeah, it's mostly women) "he won't let me." Or what?

                        1. re: foiegras

                          <If it were me--and it probably wouldn't be me, because this guy sounds like he has control issues, OCD, or something>

                          I think that's a bit severe, but whatever. I'm not the only poster who chimed in to support the hubster. I doubt we're all OCD-riddled control freaks.

                          I do agree with what our friend c oliver wrote: "Or what?" Perfectly sensible response.

                2. I'd put them into the dishwasher. I'm not a germaphobe but for some reason it just makes sense.