Although the first domestic dishwasher was developed in the 1920s, they didn’t become widely used until the 1950’s – and even then they were only a privilege for the very wealthy. In fact it took a further 20 years or more until the dishwasher became commonplace in the average home.
Since then glassware – and how it needs to be cleaned - has changed dramatically. Here we find out how ….
Like so much about this era, glassware in the seventies was all about crazy colour, texture and pattern.
Everyday tumblers were decorated with things from cartoon characters to ornate flower designs. These designs would fade over time as a result of everyday washing. Fortunately, dishwashers have improved greatly over the years, and are now capable of washing even the most delicate glassware with care.
Certain wines around Europe were drunk from heavy, ornately textured and often coloured glassware. There was no problem with such thick glass going in the dishwasher if you were lucky enough to have one.
Traditional embossed glass beer tankards were all the rage. Perfect for a top up of your beer keg!
Glassware in the first half of the 1980s was very angular – think city boys and girls quaffing from fine v-shaped champagne/cocktail glasses, often with coloured stems.
As the decade moved on, there was a distinct nod to Victoriana. Cut glass wine, sherry and port glasses and ornate whiskey tumblers became popular in households, and due to their delicate nature, they required extra care when washing.
Fortunately, thanks to the ever advancing dishwasher technology, these styles of glasses can all be washed safely in the dishwasher, so you don’t have to do them manually!
Everyday drinking glasses were often ribbed or hooped – a little decoration was very fashionable. This glassware was also very durable and totally dishwasher safe.
While pint glasses were out of fashion with many shunning bitter in favour of drinking lager from a can or bottle, there was a sharp incline in wine drinking. Chardonnay, which started becoming popular in the 1980s, was the tipple of choice. Back then, however, glasses were much smaller (holding around 25cl) and were easy to stack on the top rack of your dishwasher.
2000’s to Now
The cost of everyday glassware has dropped dramatically – you can now buy a pack of four plain, heavy-duty, dishwasher-safe hi-ball tumblers for as little as £1 in a supermarket or home discount store.
Wine glasses are bigger than ever with large bowls and long stems making them only suitable for washing by hand because they’re so tall. However, there’s a new trend for stemless wine glasses - easier to store, less prone to breakages and, naturally, perfect for the dishwasher.
The Noughties also saw resurgence in cocktails and the ‘goldfish bowl’ sharing cocktail glasses. More fun, though, is the recent fashion for serving long drinks like mojitos in drinking jars - a jam-jar looking glass with a beer stein-esque handle and often a lid. Quirky and practical.
Whether you are still sipping your Sauvignon from pink 1970’s stemware or quaffing cola from a cut-price 2015 tumbler, ensure you choose the right dishwasher products. To ensure you glassware remains sparkling try Finish Rinse Aid. This product contains a glass protection ingredient that results in shinier and drier glasses and dishes, so you don’t have to worry about residue remnants or water spots and your glasses look as good as new.