In the old days we were washing dishes with ash from the fire. Now a days we are treating dirty ashtrays like a plague. We separate them from other dirty dishes like they would infect other dishes?! We put them aside to dry like we didn’t wash them with detergent same as other dishes. We have special sponge that we use only for washing ashtrays?! Is that all so necessary? I cant see much the sense in all this considering my first sentence and the fact – we use to wash dishes with ash not so long ago!