Things I find confusing about British people #1 – soapy dish water

I once had a conversation about how the British do their dishes at my dentist in Jakobstad. After everyone was done scraping plaque off my teeth the dental nurse asked me. “Is it really true what they show you in the TV shows?”. She sounded concerned. “Do they really do their dishes in the same soapy water and then just put them to the side to dry?”

I told her that unfortunately, this is true. After that we had a long discussion about how the Brits clearly don’t know how to do their dishes properly, which everyone of course knows is all about keeping the water running and splashing it everywhere. I admit it’s not the greenest or most economical way to do your dishes and that the lower part of my top tends to be soaked with water after I’ve done the washing up, but dammit if the pans aren’t clean when I’m done.

So. This is something I still find a little bit confusing. Where does this actually quite frugal way of doing your dishes come from? How come it’s acceptable to not clean the soap off the dishes? And why hasn’t anyone thought about importing those clever Finnish drying cabinets to this country?

Apparently even British people find this confusing.

Image via Jon Bolden.