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Dishwasher vs Hand washing: Which is Better?

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Dishwasher vs Hand washing: Which is Better?

Are you staring at a pile of dishes to be cleaned even as you worry about your deliverables during work from home?

Do you gaze at your dry hands after you’ve washed a load of dishes without any help?

Do you end up feeling broken when your favourite glass or crystalware breaks?

Are you frequently giving dishes another wash after finding food leftovers stuck on them?

If your answers to the above are a “Yes,” it is time you contemplate buying a dishwasher. As comfortable as we are with the concept of washing the dishes by hand, there are some distinct advantages and benefits of dishwasher over hand washing.

Considering hygiene, time, cost, environmental impact, and wash quality which is better – dishwasher or hand washing? Take a look.

Excellent Hygiene

We live in a time when health and hygiene have taken top priority. A time when we need to ensure that every person entering our house is safe for our family. If you’re not confident about how hygienic a person doing your chores is, a dishwasher is a safer alternative. Combining zero touch with hot wash, steam drying and strong detergent, a dishwasher gives the most sanitised dishes ever, along with keeping your kitchen free of any transmission of germs.

Less Time

Your work from home, conference calls and presentations are piling up, only for you to realise that dishes need cleaning. Handwashing utensils used for meals in a normal household of four people takes at least 30 minutes. Add to this some time to air dry or wiping them off with a cloth. On the contrary, an IFB Dishwasher takes a total of 15 minutes from loading the dishes to unloading them, ready to use.

Superior Washing

While washing dishes by hand is possible only with water at room temperature, IFB dishwashers use hot water and wash temperatures of up to 70°C, which kills 99.99% germs and gives sparkling clean utensils without leaving any food sticking on them.

Better Wash Quality

Handwashing is usually done by a dish bar or liquid, and wash quality is by and large dependent on how rigorously you can scrub the dishes – a tedious task. A dishwasher removes these worries with the use of a strong detergent, hot water and steam drying. The result: flawless, hygienic dishes.

Safe for Hands

After around 30 minutes of your hands staying rinsed in water and detergent, you can visibly see the skin on your fingertips shrinking and folding. Doing dishes every day can remove the natural moisture and leave your hands dry. A dishwasher completely eliminates this problem with hands-free washing.

Less Water Used

Did you know that around 75 litres of water goes waste when dishes are done by hand? A kitchen tap remains open for around 15 minutes for a standard dish load and water flow rate is around 5 litres per minute. Compare that with only 9 litres of water consumed in the Eco Mode of an IFB dishwasher, and you end up saving the most precious natural resource on a daily basis.

Less Detergent Used

While there is no control over detergent usage when your house help does the dishes, you yourself might end up consuming as much as 90 grams on a single load. IFB dishwashers use only 30 grams per wash.

Zero Breakages and Scratches

A chipped bowl edge, a broken mug handle or a shattered glass – these are perhaps the most common sights during handwashing, especially when you’re pressed for time and hurrying to finish the chore and start with work. This problem becomes a good riddance when you use an IFB dishwasher such as Neptune SX1 IFB Dishwasher and Neptune VX Plus IFB Dishwasher . Special programs take care of your crockery without the fear of breakages or scratches. Placeholders are designed to keep the dishes perfectly secure without moving or touching each other.

Spend Less

A domestic help costs at least Rs. 1,000 a month for just doing the dishes. Multiply it with 7 years and you’ve spent Rs. 84,000 in total. A one-time investment on a dishwasher comes to around Rs. 35,000 and it will easily last 7-10 years. The math goes definitely in favour of the latter.

Dishwasher vs. Hand washing – Conclusion

The above benefits of a washing dishes by hand clearly outweigh our conventional inclination towards handwashing the utensils. As the world around us moves towards hygiene and technology enters every sphere of life, it is about time you make the shift from the tedious chore of washing dishes by hand to safe, easy dishwashing … and set yourself free!

Buying an IFB Dishwasher?

You can explore IFB’s range of dishwashers and also see a product demo at an IFB Point, our exclusive store. Click here to access our Store Locator to find the IFB Point closest to you.

>> Also Watch, Top reasons why you should buy an IFB Dishwasher!

IFB Recipes

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Give hot chocolate a spicy twist! Add Indian spices to make a delicious drink using this microwave oven recipe.

Preparation time: 30 mins   

Cooking time: 6 mins 

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups milk
  • 40 gm milk chocolate
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Preparation:

1.In a glass bowl, add milk, chocolate and other ingredients.

2.Heat the mixture at 100% micropower level for 6 min.

3.Serve hot with a pinch of cinnamon powder dusted on top.

IFB Recipes

Homemade Chyawanprash

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Stay immune, stay healthy with this tasty and easy microwave oven recipe for Homemade Chyawanprash.

Preparation time: 30 mins 

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 500 gm

Ingredients:

  • 350 gm Indian gooseberries (amla)
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • 400 gms jaggery (gud)
  • A few saffron (kesar) strands

For spice powder:

  • 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 10 gm dry ginger (saunth)
  • 10 gm bamboo manna (vanshlochan)
  • 10 gm long pepper (pipli)
  • 5 gm cobra’s saffron (nagkesar)
  • 5 gm nutmeg (jaiphal)
  • 5-7 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 5 gm clove (laung)
  • 5 gm black pepper (kali mirch)

Preparation:

1.Wash, de-seed and chop amla. Place in a glass bowl with 100 ml water. Cook for 10 min at 100% micropower level and grind to a smooth paste.

2.In a glass bowl, add the amla paste with chopped coconut jaggery, ghee and saffron. Stir and cook for 5 min at 100% micropower level.

3.Add all the spices in another glass bowl and heat for 10 min at 100% micropower level, stirring every minute. Grind to a fine powder and sieve.

4.Combine the amla mixture and spice powder. Cook for 5 min at 100% micropower level. Cool down completely and store in airtight bottles.

5.Refrigerate and consume a spoonful every day for a better immunity.

IFB unveils FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC : Its Features and Benefits

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IFB unveils FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC : Its Features and Benefits

Uncompromise on the air you breathe, on your cooling comfort and on your peace of mind – with these pillars at its core, IFB introduced FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC. The IFB FastCool AC comes equipped with 7-Stage Air Treatment that improves indoor air quality, an industry-leading cooling standard along with cutting-edge features that enhance its durability and reliability.

IFB FastCool AC Features and Benefits

Here’s a closer look at the IFB FastCool air conditioner, its technologies and benefits.

Zero Compromise on Air Quality

IFB AC benefits

With its standout 7-Stage Air Treatment, the IFB FastCool AC improves indoor air quality and ensures you don’t compromise on the air you breathe. The 7-Stage Air Treatment comprises:

IFB AC benefits

  • Dust Filter: Prevents allergies by capturing dust and other airborne particles.
  • PM 0.3 Filter: Removes air pollutants as small as 0.3 micron, which are invisible to the eye and extremely harmful for our body if inhaled.
  • Anti-bacterial Filter: Removes bacteria and allergens from the air.
  • Activated Carbon Filter: Absorbs smoke, gases, chemicals and other dust particles.
  • Catechin Filter: Removes unpleasant smell to keep the air odour free.
  • Vitamin C Diffuser: Improves air quality by adding natural antioxidants.
  • Aroma Diffuser: Infuses a pleasant scent in the air, with two fragrances to choose from: Floral Harmony and Ocean Fresh.

Zero Compromise on Cooling Comfort

IFB AC benefits

IFB’s new range of inverter air conditioners makes sure you don’t compromise on your cooling comfort.

IFB AC benefits

IFB AC benefits

 

  • 58°Celsius benchmark: Fast cooling even at high ambient temperature of up to 58 degree Celsius.
  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: Gives peak efficiency even in heat wave conditions.
  • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: Fins are coated in indoor and outdoor units to improve heat exchange and cooling performance.
  • Air Cooled PCB: A unique cooling system that enables the AC to provide consistent and efficient performance.
  • 4 Way Auto Cooling: Through motorised horizontal and vertical air swing, the AC cools all corners of a room evenly.

Zero Compromise on Peace of Mind

IFB AC benefits

Whether it is quality, service or savings, with an IFB FastCool AC, you can rest assured that you don’t have to compromise. Our research and development center makes certain that our air conditioners are built with durability and reliability at their core.

IFB AC benefits and features

  • Nano-Tek Coating for Evaporator Tubes: Protects the tubes from corrosion, which can cause leakage, inefficient cooling and breakdown.
  • Fire Proof ECB: The electronic control box in the indoor unit is safeguarded from heat, fire and corrosion through this safety feature.
  • Automotive Grade Weather Proof Coating: The ODU and stand are painted with a unique high temperature silver powder coating to protect them from weather and pollution stresses.
  • Unique ODU Stand with Stainless Steel Bolts: Ensure resistance against rust and corrosion.

IFB AC benefits and features

  • 100% Copper: Tubes for condenser, evaporator and interconnecting pipes use 100% copper, which helps cool faster and increases machine longevity.

IFB ac warranty

Our uncompromising philosophy in the development and production of IFB FastCool helps in providing you a 1-year Machine Warranty (comprehensive), 4-year Super Warranty, 10-year Compressor Warranty and 5-year ODU PCB Warranty (T&C apply). IFB further offers Free Standard Installation (T&C apply) all 365 days a year along with 3 Free Services by trained service ambassadors.

IFB ac warranty

Your peace of mind is also guaranteed with lower electricity bills. All IFB ACs are ISEER compliant, giving higher machine performance at lower energy consumption. The R32 gas used in the IFB AC is non-toxic, saves energy, gives superior performance and is safe for the Earth.

IFB AC Other Features

There are a host of other features in the IFB FastCool AC, including AI Inverter Algorithm for efficient running, Ultra Low Frequency Operation to save energy, Climate Control with dual temperature modes, and Bionic Fan, which reduces air cutting noise from the outdoor unit.

IFB AC Silver and Gold Series

ifb fastcool ac feature

 

The IFB FastCool AC is available in two series. The Silver series has a matt finish white indoor fascia, with options of 1 Ton AC – 3 Star, 1.5 Ton AC – 3 Star, 2 Ton Ac – 3 Star and 1.5 Ton AC – 5 Star. The Gold series has a distinctive chrome strip on the indoor panel, giving it a premium appeal, and comes in 1.5 Ton AC – 3 Star, 2 Ton AC – 3 Star and 1.5 Ton AC – 5 Star options.

Made in India, Made for India

IFB is proudly Vocal for Local! We manufacture both the indoor as well as outdoor units of IFB FastCool ACs at our plant in Goa. Spread over 9 acres, it features modern technology, a state-of-the-art testing facility, best-in-class quality control and the best workforce in the industry.

IFB AC Pricing and Availability

IFB FastCool AC prices online start from Rs. 37,490. Click here to explore the entire range of air conditioners. IFB air conditioners are also available at most IFB Points, our exclusive stores. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

IFB Recipes

Cucumber and Watermelon Detox

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Cooling forces that hydrate your body and calm your nervous system, giving you better concentration plus focus for yoga asana.

Preparation time: 5 mins 

Cooking time: 10 mins 

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 30 gm cucumber
  • 10 gm mint
  • 30 gm watermelon
  • 5 gm rosemary
  • 500 ml water

Preparation:

1.Dice cucumber and watermelon and place aside.

2.In a microwave-safe glass bowl, add cucumber, watermelon, mint and rosemary.

3.Place the contents in the microwave and heat the detox at 60% micropower level for 10 mins.

4.Leave it to cool for 30 min; consume as required.

IFB Recipes

Khichdi

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Balanced, light and nourishing, khichdi is easy to digest and gluten free. It is proven to balance 3 doshas of the human body: vata, pitta, kapha.

Preparation time: 10 mins 

Cooking time: 4 mins 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 100 gm rice
  • 30 gm moong dal
  • 5 gm cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 5 gm turmeric
  • A pinch of hing
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

1.Pick, wash and soak the rice and dal for 30 min.

2.In a microwave-safe glass bowl, add ghee and heat for 1 min. Now add cumin seeds, hing, rice, moong dal and turmeric; mix well and put in the microwave oven for 2 min.

3.Add water up to a level that is at least 2 inches above the rice. Add salt to taste.

4.Continue cooking for 20 mins at 100% micropower level.

5.Serve hot.

IFB Recipes

Peanut and Coconut Laddu

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Mildly sweet and power packed, with essential proteins and iron, these laddus rejuvenate the body, skin and hair with vitamin E after yoga asana.

Preparation time: 10 mins 

Cooking time: 4 mins 

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 150 gm peanuts
  • 70 gm desiccated coconut
  • 100 gm powdered jaggery
  • 10 gm cardamom powder
  • 30 gm almonds, chopped
  • 30 gm cashew nuts
  • 30 gm pistachio

Preparation:

1.In a microwave-safe bowl, add crushed peanuts and desiccated coconut. Heat at 100% micropower level for 1 min, remove and stir. Microwave for another minute.

2.Add all nuts and cardamom powder and mix well. Microwave again for 1 min, remove and stir. Microwave for another minute.

3.Once the mixture cools down to room temperature, add powdered jaggery.

4.Portion the mixture into 4 cm laddus and garnish with cashew nuts.

5.Store in an air-tight container.

Father’s Day Special: Chicken Seekh Kebab

IFB Recipes

Father’s Day Special: Chicken Seekh Kebab

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

A father is a best friend, confidante, mentor and coach. Let him know how much he means to you with this easy microwave over recipe for Seekh Kebabs by IFB Spice Secrets.

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 14 mins

Servers: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken mince

For marination:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fenugreek leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1½ tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp black pepper, powdered
  • 1/4 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp green chillies, finely chopped

Additional ingredients:

  • Oil for brushing
  • Chaat masala
  • Lemon wedge

Preparation:

1.Wash and clean the chicken mince. Add to a bowl along with all marination ingredients.

2.Mix and leave for 30 mins to rest.

3.On the wooden skewer, place the mixture by spreading it evenly throughout.

4.Pre-heat the microwave oven on OFC program using H2 mode.

5.Once pre-heated, place the seekh kebabs on the tawa and set for 12 mins.

6.After 7 mins, apply ghee on the seekh kebabs and turn them. Continue cooking.

7.Serve hot with mint chutney.

IFB Recipes

Tea Masala

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Make the humble tea more aromatic and healthy with Tea Masala using this easy microwave oven recipe by IFB Spice Secrets.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Yield: 250 gm  

Shelf life: 6 months-1 year

Ingredients:

  • 100 gm dried ginger powder or dried ginger (sonth)
  • 50 gm cardamom
  • 25 gm black pepper
  • 25 gm cinnamon
  • 25 gm cloves
  • 1 nutmeg

Preparation:

1.In case dried ginger powder is not available, first make powder from whole dried ginger.

2.In a microwave-safe glass bowl, line a tissue paper on the base. Peel the cardamom and take out the seeds. Spread cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, select 80% micropower level on solo mode (microwave mode) and heat up the whole spices for 10 mins.

3.After every minute, lightly stir the spice mixture. After heating, spread them on a paper for 10 mins. Grind the whole spices into fine powder in a grinder.

4.In a big mixing bowl, take dried ginger powder and all other spice powders and mix them well. It’s ready to use. You can make about 250 gm masala from these ingredients.

5. Transfer the masala into a clean glass jar or airtight container.

6. You can store this masala in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for about 6 months to 1 year.

IFB Recipes

South Indian Podi

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Pack a punch in your dishes with South Indian Gun Powder. Make it at homeusing this easy microwave oven recipe by IFB Spice Secrets.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Yield: 250 gm  

Shelf life: 6 months-1 year

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split urad dal
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 1 cup dry red chillies (more or less according to how spicy you want your chutney powder)
  • ½ tsp hing (asafetida)
  • Few curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp cooking oil (coconut or sesame oil)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

1.In a microwave-safe flat bowl, line a tissue paper on the base. Spread all the whole spices, select 80% micropower level on solo mode (microwave mode) and heat up the whole spices for 10 mins. After 5 mins, add the lentils, curry leaves and continue heating this mixture.

2.After every minute, lightly stir the whole spices and dal mixture. After heating, spread them on a paper for 10 mins.

3.Grind the whole spices into fine powder in a grinder.

4.You can make about 250 gm masala from these ingredients.

5.Transfer the masala into a clean glass jar or airtight container.

6.You can store this masala in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for about 6 months to 1 year.