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If you ever watched Leave It to Beaver, you might think the dishwasher had yet to be invented in the halcyon days of the 1950s. Who can forget dutiful Wally and Beaver washing and drying dishes after dinner? It was a scene as common as dinner itself. In fact, though, the dishwasher had been around for more than a century by the time Beaver debuted in 1957. Credit for the first dishwasher goes to Joel Houghton, who in 1850 patented a wooden machine in Alpharetta with a hand-cranked wheel that splashed water on dishes.

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If you ever watched Leave It to Beaver, you might think the dishwasher had yet to be invented in the halcyon days of the 1950s. Who can forget dutiful Wally and Beaver washing and drying dishes after dinner? It was a scene as common as dinner itself. In fact, though, the dishwasher had been around for more than a century by the time Beaver debuted in 1957. Credit for the first dishwasher goes to Joel Houghton, who in 1850 patented a wooden machine with a hand-cranked wheel that splashed water on dishes. The machine was still a lot of work; somebody had to fill it with water, crank it and then empty it. Nonetheless, it had a patent. The dishwasher has come a long way since then. Along the way, it has changed American culture and is arguably one of the most influential inventions of all time. Although the earliest records of dishwashers pre-date the Civil War, they didn't catch on with the American public until the 1950s. After built-in dishwashers hit the market in the 1960s, they became fixtures in American households.

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, three out of every five homes has a dishwasher. While Houghton got the first patent, the first practical dishwasher was invented by a woman: Josephine Cochrane, a socialite from Illinois who was given to throwing lavish dinner parties. Her servants cleaned up afterward, but Cochrane - an industrious sort - still wanted a machine that could do the job faster and without chipping her china. "If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I'll do it myself," she proclaimed. So, one day in 1886, Cochrane measured her dishes, built wire compartments designed to fit plates, cups and saucers, and placed the compartments inside a wheel that lay inside a copper boiler.

A motor turned the wheel while hot soapy water squirted up from the bottom and rained down on the dishes. The Cochrane Dishwasher, as her friends called it, was a hit. She received orders from restaurants and hotels in Illinois, patented her design, formed a company that later became KitchenAid and went into production. She showed her invention at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and won the highest award. Cochrane's dishwasher was popular with commercial users. But with plumbing and electricity still not prevalent everywhere, the dishwasher's time in the American home was yet to come. Still, Cochrane's work "set the stage for the kind of lives you and I live here in America today," University of Houston historian John Lienhard said in a recent radio program he hosts about American inventions.

Over the years, other companies produced dishwashers that were primarily designed for restaurants and other commercial accounts. They usually worked by passing dirty dishes under jets of hot water on a conveyor belt or a revolving basket. In 1926, Kohler Co. came out with its "electric sink" for homes. According to Kohler, the device was a combination of a conventional kitchen sink and the electric dishwasher almost as we know it today. There are other significant dates on the dishwasher timeline as well. According to Whirlpool Corp., the first freestanding dishwasher with permanent plumbing was introduced in 1920. In 1935, portable dishwashers entered the marketplace. And in the 1940s, the first fully automatic model with a heated drying option debuted.

It wasn't until the 1950s, however, that dishwashers became cheap enough and small enough to catch on with the general public. And in the late 1960s, the introduction of the first built-in models resulted in a dishwasher buying frenzy. There have been other advances, of course. The first "quiet" dishwashers came out in 1985. And the air-dry option became standard in 1988, thus allowing Americans to save energy. Today, you can buy whisper-quiet dishwashers with half a dozen cycles, anti-vibration systems and digital countdown displays. Some people predict the day is near when dishwashers will be waterless and clean dishes using sonic vibrations. We'd be all set if somebody would just invent one that would put the dishes back in the cupboards.

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