Dishwasher Versus Sink.

Job Easy Done. - dishwasher
@Malyck (3428)
Australia
October 12, 2007 1:46am CST
Which do you do? Throw your dishes into the dishwasher, or wash them by hand... At home, we have a dishwasher, but it is basically only used after a dinner party or something, when there are a lot of dishes, and it's slightly overwhelming - even then, everything has to be rinsed first. I was so surprised just a few days ago when I was visiting a friend and absolutely everything they used - even a cup of water - went straight into the dishwasher. I found that kind of lazy and couldn't help but think of the cost of electricity and dishwashing supplies. Which do you use more often? Do you even have a dishwasher?
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16 responses
• United States
12 Oct 07
I love my dishwasher after all with 7 children and 2 adults in the home you need a dishwasher !
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
12 Oct 07
haha, yeah i can understand that!
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
12 Oct 07
We have a dishwasher at home...ME! Haha. Everything gets washed by hand. I guess the perks of not having one is that it helps keep the electric bill down, otherwise I'm sure we'd use it excessively.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
13 Oct 07
I definitely use the dishwasher more. But from time to time I handwash some dishes. At times its one of those things I can do to just relax and reflect on things.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
13 Oct 07
I can actually understand that, if it's not like a mountain-load of annoying things to wash, I really like to just put on some nice music and get my hands wet =]
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I wash my pans and pots by hand the rest goes in the dishwasher. For me it is a matter of having better things to do with my time than wash a bunch of dishes. I don't like putting my pots and pans in the dishwasher though. They just look nicer done by hand.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
12 Oct 07
I agree about pots and pans, and about having better things to do with my time. But I have to say, I have better things to do with my money than spend it on electricity bills, and living in heavy drought restrictions, far better things to use the little water I can use on. =D Thanks for your response!
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• United States
12 Oct 07
i dont have a dishwasher..well except me lol! but you're right about some ppl just wasting water and electricity with those things. i used to know a lady who would turn on the dishwasher after just 5 things went in it, not counting flatwear, but still only 5 things is for sure a waste! i can see how having a dishwasher would be great if you had a big household, but with only 4 of us here, it would just be a waste..shoot by the time the thing got filled and i felt it was ok to turn on..we would be out of dishes completly lol!!
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
12 Oct 07
I feel the same way, anything less than 3/4 full would have to be a complete waste. If there's no more than a sink full of dishes, why would anyone opt not to just wash it by hand? =P We'd be out of cutlery and dishes as well! I think some people just was things in the dishwasher because it says it's dishwasher safe =P
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
12 Oct 07
Hi there. When it comes to doing the dishes, our children take of it all... As this is part of their chores, we dont have a dish washer and my husband and I refuse to get one, as these things dont always do what they're cranked up to do... As Ive seen in my sisters kitchen... Dish washers in my opinion are lazy and not too be trusted... These are my views...
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
12 Oct 07
I agree, Dishwashers aren't as reliable as washing by hand, done by someone who actually knows to remove the food and so on =P I find that they're too expensive for their task.
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
13 Oct 07
I love my dishwasher. It saves so much time for me. I pretty much throw everything in there and it does a great job of getting it all clean. It doesn't cost much to run, as it hasn't made a difference in my electricity bills and the dishwasher detergent is cheap. I can't put a price on the amount of time it has saved me so that I can do things that I like to do.
@nin0507 (11)
• United States
12 Oct 07
My husband does the dishes in our house - I do the other chores. We use the dishwasher everyday - run it once a day. With little kids and two full time jobs, its a real time saver for us. When my mom got married, she had the dishwasher in the new house removed as she will only do dishes by hand. However, the other night she was over for a big dinner and couldn't believe how fast we picked up and had the dishes taken care of. So maybe she will have a change of heart.
@eeb2006 (15)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Oh yeah, we have a dishwasher. We put almost everything in there, and I don't consider it lazy. There are too many other things going on in my life to not use it. I really does not waste any more water than hand washing. just make sure you only run it when it is absolutely full rather than every day.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Well right now mine is broke. Its the motor so we will have to buy a new one. Im doing my dishes by hand now and I dont like it. I even had to go out and buy rubber gloves. I like using a dishwasher because it santitizes the dishes.
@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
12 Oct 07
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) we have no dishwasher, so I wash everything by hand he he he he... I think most people who have dishwasher and lead busy lives would definitely wash everything by using dishwasher, though.
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
30 Oct 07
Oh and to directly answer your question - I use to use the dishwasher more often and now - the sink. Have a dishwasher - not sure about when we move - most places in the states have one - we're a wasteful society.
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
30 Oct 07
We want to leave BELOW our means to save up money. If we do use the dishwasher in the future it will be in the evening at off peak hours. And we use some dishwashing detergent and some vinegar - which is excellent for preventing spots and providing shine. Dishwashing can be be very zen too. :) Hi Malyck!!!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Oct 07
I don't have a dishwasher but if I did it would be like you....I'd use it after I had company otherwise I would probably still do them by hand.
13 Oct 07
I would never get a dishwasher in my kitchen
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
12 Oct 07
With five kids we fill the dishwasher AT LEAST once a day. Sometimes twice, so yes everything goes in the dishwasher. My guess is that your friends do it this way so they don't have a mess in their kitchen. :) As long as they wait till it's full to run it I don't think it's wasting water or electricity.