Hi All - I hope someone can help with this: We have a number of clear glass
saucepan lids that have become 'smoked glass' over the years. This is
probably due to constant washing in a dishwasher. Has anyone any advice on
how the lids can be restored to their original clear state?
Thanks - Dave
Probably not an easy question to answer but do you know if the 'smoked
glass' effect is just on the outer surface of the glass or has the glass
'smoked' internally? If it's just the outer surface you may be able to 'T'
cut it ... if it's internal I don't think you can do anything to restore
them to their original clear state.
What about the electricity used to operate the machine? Also the fuels
used in manufacturing and distributing it, and the materials used in its
construction, and the disposal effects when it reaches the end of its
usability? What proportion of its components can *and will* be
reused/recycled and how much will end up in landfills, and of those are
any toxic should they leach into the environment - air or water - as in
time they surely must.
A L P
Our dishwasher uses 11 litres of water (approx) per wash. Our washing up
bowl holds 15 litres (approx)* so I save at least 4 litres per wash up
because sometimes the water would need to be changed due to it being dirty,
so I save even more.
* I worked this out by measuring the bowl so no water has been wasted in
One thing that hasn't been mentioned! what about cost of heating the water?
I assume a dishwasher is like a washing machine - cold water in and heated
in the machine, whereas the washing bowl has it 'on tap' - literally! -
straight from your cylinder.
Oh, and a further thing..... what about the tabs you put in there are they
as 'green' as Fairy?
And... it could be argued that washing up in the traditional fashion, burns
up a few calories so are you turning in to a couch potatoe with all this
lazy spare time you're saving? are you going to end up costing the NHS heaps
due to your lolling around life-style just sitting there waiting for the
dish washer cycle to finish?
Are you hands as clean as someone who has had them soaked in Fairy liquid
for 20mins? killing all bacteria, pig flu, plague and limes disease on them?
Has your dishwasher really got into the groove of your forks after doling
out the dog food and leaving the residue on the fork to harden for days
while you wait to fill the machine - with all that bacteria growing away in
the warm dampness of your dishwasher, just waiting to burst out at you every
time you open the door - it's on your hands, you've breathed it it - you're
Me? I just empty the bowl, give it a swill and wipe my hands
There are two completely unrelated effects.
Hard water scale left on the surface. This might be due to no rinse
aid and/or water softener not working (no salt, or controls broken).
Leaching into the glass. This is due to washing high lead content
glass in a dishwasher. The alkline detergent will leach into the
glass. Tends to happen with lead crystal and other expensive (high
lead content) glass, and I'd be surprised if glass pan lids would
suffer from this.
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