No? Well this brush is the subject of a HOT debate going on between Holland and the rest of the world. According to the Dutch, Dishes must be washed with a brush. It’s the only way to do it.
What, you didn’t know that? You thought there were various options: sponge, cloth, sponge-tipped soap dispenser etc., right? But no. There is only one right way. Apparently all Dutch children are taught this in school. I don’t know about you, but my home ec class never mentioned the dish-washing implement. Just that we had to do it, really.
So back to the brush. You can probably guess where this came from. I did the dishes quite a few times while at my in-law’s house. On the first day, my step-mother-in-law walked in and saw me using the sponge. Don’t worry, she set me straight. So, I picked up the brush, and thanks to the Dutch practice of closing doors, waited until she had left and closed the door behind her before going back to the sponge.
It may sound like this is just her, but it’s not. I’ve yet to visit a Dutch home that doesn’t use a brush for dish-washing. The whole debate is funny to me because when my mom visited one time, she went and bought a soap dispenser with a sponge on the end, because she didn’t like using my sponge. I (gracious as I am) threw a fit, because I didn’t want it cluttering up my sink area. (I’m REAL fun to live with.) Yeah, it was dumb. And my sister ended up going home with a new soap dispensing wand.
Let’s leave the Dutch to their vices.
Weigh in: What do YOU use?