Do you wash your dishes by hand or by dishwasher?

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
July 22, 2007 4:04pm CST
My husband seems to think that there is more work involved in loading a dishwasher, turning it on and then unloading it, putting dishes, plates, cutlery etc in the cuboards. Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy? So little work compared to washing, drying pots and dishes! Sorry but I am a dishwasher fan, I don't like doing dishes by hand. Also I don't have as much confidence in the cleanliness of the dishes when washed by hand. What about you?
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10 responses
• United States
25 Jul 07
I use a dishwasher. I also do some by hand that will not fit into the dishwasher. I agree with you the dishwasher is better in my opinion at getting the dishes cleaner. I feel the heat from the dryer makes the dishes almost to the point of sterilizing them. Doing dishes by hand you can get them clean and it is better for you if you let them air dry. By air drying them some of the germs die by using a dishcloth you take the germs from one dish and spread them to the next.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
29 Jul 07
thats a good point that the heat of the dishwasher sterilizes the dishes.
• United States
22 Jul 07
I wash mine by hand i always thought that diswashers didnt get the dishes as clean as hand washing. I actually like hand washing them anyways.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
29 Jul 07
well if you actually like washing dishes then you are in luck. Why not pop over to my house and do a few...just joking
@urbandekay (18312)
22 Jul 07
I have a dishwasher, a marvellous invention! Not only less labour but more economical of water than hand washing all the best urban
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
29 Jul 07
they are a marvellous invention, not quite up there with the washing maching but a great invention none the less, especially when you have a baby!!
@MGarcia (331)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I have to agree, your husband is quite nuts. I was raised washing dishes by hand and had always said "I'll never own a dishwasher, that is just silly" When I moved out on my own, I just happened to have a dishwasher in the house I was buying. I have to say, I fell in love. As far as cleanliness goes, I actually feel more confident in how clean the dishes are when washed by hand. However, I still would prefer a dishwasher. If your husband prefers hand washing.. let him do it, even less work for you. :)
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
29 Jul 07
yeah maybe I will make him do it!! LOL
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I despise unloading my dish washer. I always have as long as I remember. But not enough to stop using the dish washer altogether... that would be nuts. I, like you, question weather dishes get clean enough when washed by hand. I am a dishwasher girl..... who just happens to hate unloading it.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
30 Jul 07
LOl...maybe get the hubby to wash and let him work it out for himself....I love dishwashers too...I am handwashing at the moment, until the end of next month when I get my new kitchen WITH a dishwasher...I can not wait, it would be like heaven..
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
29 Jul 07
I prefer hand washing the dishes.We had a dish washer in our last apartment and when we bought a house without one, I said I'd rather have the cupboard space then a dishwasher. Of all household chores, dishes are the least annoying imo. I don't dry them, that's the rack's job. But I've always felt they're cleaner when I do them then the washer. The washer is spitting around dirty water when it's on the cleaning cycle, and it's all enclosed in there- germs could be growing everywhere. I can wash my sink as often as I think it should be done, apply more elbow grease when I see a dish is extra dirty and change the water as often as I think I should.
@jeanena (1616)
• Bucklin, Kansas
22 Jul 07
Right now we wash our dishes by hand. I was supposed to be getting a dishwasher , but never did. Maybe someday! I dont mind so much the wasing but i hate the putting away. Kind of the same way I feel about the laundry.
• Canada
22 Jul 07
I agree with you. While some people might find it troublesome to do the whole "load up the dishwasher" thing, I really wish I could have that burden lol I don't have a dishwasher so I wash and dry them by hand. Some people let them dry themselves, and I wish I could do that too! Chores..
@Angela07 (202)
• United States
22 Jul 07
i wash my dishes by hand, i personally that is cleaner because if you use gloves you dont get any bacteria on there and when you wash it yourself you scrub every single plate which makes every single plate cleaner..