National No Dirty Dishes Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day is observed next on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 (105 days from today).

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May 18th is National No Dirty Dishes Day, a day you could celebrate by either not washing any dirty dishes or by washing all the dishes you can!

If there's anything that can ruin a delicious and enjoyable meal, then you'll have to make the dishes. Wouldn't it be nice to have a day where you don't have to make any dishes? In general, it is the purpose of National No Dirty Dishes Day!

You can eat out at a local restaurant instead of cooking at home or just decide to use disposable dishes and silverware. Either way, the goal is not to make any dishes on National No Dirty Dishes Day!

History of National No Dirty Dishes Day

Disposable dishes are not exactly a recent innovation. The first paper disc was invented in 1867 by a man named Hermann Henschel. Although it was a matter of convenience at the time, it became a public health problem in 1908. In this era, tuberculosis was a serious problem.

When Dr. Samuel J Crumbine saw one of his patients drink from a shared water source, he knew something had to change. He developed a movement to get rid of common utensils being used at public sources, which led inventors Hugh Moore and Lawrence Luellen to create one of the most popular disposable cups today, called the Dixie cup.

This innovation has led to a boom in disposable utensils including disposable bowls and plates, food wrappers and wooden cutlery. These quickly became popular ways to feed people who were working in places as far away as bridges, dams, and roads. The 1940s saw an explosion of defense factories, and disposable dishes were used to feed the workers there.

Restaurants, another option for National No Dirty Dishes Day, have existed for as long as people have gathered. The convenience of having someone else make your food and not have to clean up afterwards is a huge draw to these businesses. The ability to communicate with others while enjoying a meal is also remarkable.

Some reasons for National No Dirty Dishes Day being loved

  • You can invite people over

No one likes walking into a house or apartment and seeing dirty dishes. If you're the kind of person who doesn't like inviting people over to your place because of dirty dishes, today is the last day you can invite your Tinder date for some Netflix.

  • It's all about feng shui

Dirty dishes are said to be filled with unresolved resentments. Saying you're too tired to cook makes you sound annoyed. Not having dirty dishes allows you to focus on positive thoughts and what you truly desire.

  • It's an opportunity to have dinner

No Dirty Dishes Day does not mean you have to stay at home and wash dishes. This day offers deals and opportunities to go to your favorite restaurant and leave dirty dishes at home. You enjoy a great meal and don't have to worry about cleaning up.

How to celebrate National No Dirty Dishes Day

  • Go out for a meal

Cooking at home means making pots, pans, and lots of other dishes to be dirty. Leave the mess for others by dining at your favorite restaurant or a new restaurant you plan to try.

  • Use paper discs

If you need to cook at home, use disposable silver plates, cups, and utensils for all meals and snacks. This quick switch will keep your sink ventilated and clean up a lot quicker. Allowing you more time to do what you desire.

  • Clean your dishes

If all else fails and you still get some dishes dirty, clean them immediately. Start by cleaning any dishes that may be in your sink, and then wash everything you use afterwards. If you're lucky, this might even become a habit.


National No Dirty Dishes Day has been observed annually on May 18th.


Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Sunday, May 18th, 2025

Also on Thursday, May 18th, 2023

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