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Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes.

Dreaming of washing dishes are a sign that some inner turmoil or problem needs to be dealt with and cleaned up.

It is an indication that order needs to be re-instilled in your life. Washing dishes involves some form of detergent or cleaning agent and some form of liquid. Dishes are most commonly washed using a sponge, cloth, or brush; however, dreams which feature unusual or exotic washing materials can be quite telling.


In this dream you may have...

  • Washed dirty dishes.
  • Needed to wash dishes.
  • Wished for help with the dishes.
  • Had someone wash your dishes for you (with or without asking) .
  • Lacked soap or other materials to wash the dishes.
  • Were forced to wash dishes to pay for a meal (usually because you couldn’t pay a bill at a restaurant).
  • Broke a nail while washing dishes.
  • Had a disaster happen (like a pipe break) while washing dishes.
  • Broke a dish while washing them.
  • Cut or hurt yourself while washing dishes.
  • Washed paper plates or plastic cutlery.
  • Washed clean dishes.
  • Washed dishes in tubs of blood or excrement or dirt.
  • Washed dishes in a sink made of unusual objects like bones, flowers, shells, etc.
  • Washed priceless dishes made of gemstones or precious metals.
  • Washed dishes in a sink made of priceless materials.
  • Washed dishes in an isolated place like a cabin or utility closet.
  • Washed dishes while your house is on fire or crumbling around you.
  • Were forced to wash dishes in someone else's house.


Positive changes are afoot if…

  • You received help while washing dishes.
  • Your dishes are spotless and do not need to be washed.
  • Your dishes or sink are made of diamonds, gold or other priceless materials
  • You wash the dishes easily and with a sense of joy.
  • You are singing or dancing while washing dishes.


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Detailed dream meaning...

Seeing dishes in your dream represents ideas, concepts, and attitudes. The dream may be a pun on the things you are "dishing" out to others.  If the dishes are dirty and unwashed, then it signifies dissatisfaction and an unpromising outlook. You may have overlooked some problems in your life or you have not confronted your emotions.

Or it could describe someone you are interested in as in someone who is a "dish". Perhaps it is time that you make the first move. Washing broken dishes or being injured while washing dishes indicates a fear of being hurt or committing yourself emotionally. It suggests that a relationship is in jeopardy due to a lack of change or progress.

To dream that you are washing dishes also suggests that you are moving on and planning for the next thing that comes your way. Dreams which feature unusual circumstances while washing dishes suggest that you need to be on the lookout for creative solutions to everyday problems. Washing dishes can also represent your daily routine. Perhaps you are in a rut or you are failing to recognize serious problems surrounding you. If you are washing dishes through horrific circumstances, then your psyche is trying to make you aware of your feelings of inertia and feelings of being overwhelmed.


Seeing shelves of polished dishes suggests that you are doing your best and making the best out of a situation. You are trying to make a good impression. Similarly, singing, dancing and experiencing joy while washing dishes or washing dishes in the presence of prosperity suggests a positive outlook which will promote positive change.

Alternately, seeing broken dishes or break dishes in your dream signifies feelings of poverty, lack, and inadequacy. You may feel that you are not meeting the expectations of others. Washing plastic or disposable dishes suggests that you are attempting to preserve a relationship which is not worth saving.

Being forced to wash dishes in someone else's house or in exchange for a meal reflects that you feel a sense of indebtedness toward someone or a sense of powerlessness in your life. Likewise, washing dishes in a remote place indicates a feeling of isolation from other people caused by a dedication to duty.

This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life...


  • Starting a new relationship or ending an old one.
  • Starting or ending a job.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by responsibility.
  • Reaching a difficult decision.


Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of Washing Dishes…

Overwhelmed. Satisfied. Complacent. Excited. Hampered. Resolute. Determined. Lonely. Proud. Weary. Isolated. Burdened. Methodical. Orderly.

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