Is it cheaper to wash the dishes manually instead of the dish washer?

Philippines
March 24, 2013 8:18am CST
I live alone and I wash my dishes 3 times a week with the dish washer. I thought at first that it was cheaper when I washed them manually but if I think of washing them every after meal, it seems too much. But then, the dish washing machine also takes time in doing the job. It seems that it is using too much water and electric energy.
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26 responses
• United States
24 Mar 13
I thought about this last night and I filled up my dish washer and ran it for wash. I then realized how much water I use washing the dishes by hand because the water is just running down the drain. in the dish washer it is set was to wash and set water to rinse and your done. the electric I can see as well. I think if you have an energy star washer like me your not using too much. I had a lot to do last night and standing up washing dishes was not in the plans. I will wash today by hand tough.
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• Philippines
24 Mar 13
I am not aware that there is even an energy star dish washer. There are so many energy saving stuff now a days, from lamp bulbs to cars. I just wish this manufacturers get rid of the traditional products already. They might be cheaper but it would cost one the same amount of money in the end anyway. So, what is the point really of having both products on the shelf. This should be another topic to discuss.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
I often think that when they upgrade a product. but,you know there are people who like the original and would not want to upgrade most of the time.
@alpha9180 (301)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 13
I do not have dish washer in my house. My family wash dishes by hand and we do it every meal. If you are washing your dishes 3 times a week, meaning you accumulate all used dishes? Wouldn't it be difficult to remove the stain on the plates, and other utensils? I find it easier to wash manually after every meal and it is cheaper.
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@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
24 Mar 13
Hi Taiwanlife, if you do not have a dishwasher, then wash by hand makes sense. You should add in the cost of the dishwasher when you compare the difference in cost. We do not have dishwater here, and everyone washes the plates by hand. The soapy water is not recycled, but the rinse water can use for flashing toilet too, so it is not that wasteful.
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• India
24 Mar 13
each of my aunt and cousins, used their dish wash machine after each lunch and sometimes more than 3 times a day. I do not like that, first cleaning and keeping dishes in that , take times and I can wash dishes by hand till setting them in the machine. electricity and water is not a matter for them at all. they use it so much.
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• India
21 Mar 14
If you are manually washing your dishes, it may be cheap but it will take most of your time. It is better to go with the dishwashers. It can help to wash the dishes in an easy manner. If you are living in a small home, you may not have the place to keep your dishwashers. Also if you are frequent traveler, it cannot be a good solution. However the portable dishwashers can be a helpful tool in this process. You can place them in your small homes or take it anywhere you are going. Its performance is also better than the normal dishwashers. You can more information about them here
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• United States
26 Mar 13
MUCH cheaper.my bills dropped 200 a month after i got rid of the dishwasher. i hate doing them,but love the savings.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
25 Mar 13
I wouldn't know what is cheaper, but I think dishwashers are more expensive to maintain. Every one I have ever had broke on me and didn't clean the dishes very well in the first place. I prefer to wash by hand, but I prefer not to wash dishes at all really. I wash when my sink is full because it's just me and that's how often they need done.
@mythociate (15227)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
25 Mar 13
I live alone & eat maybe one or two meals-a-day at home. I don't use a lot of dishes (eating small meals), and usually just use dishes & silverware I've got (prewashed) waiting in the dishwasher---which I run after I have 10 items or more waiting (and usually when I happen to be running errands, as my dishwasher is loud & my apartment's small). You're not cleaning your dishes to 'sanitize them' anyway, except just to keep pests & mold from finding any food on `em.
@judelen (428)
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
Hello! I think washing by hand or manually to our dishes is cheaper than to run your dish washing machine in washing dishes. It will serve your energy and water. But may be in time, you can't save because you can do other thing or household chores while washing your dishes.
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
Cheap and a good reaosn to be more productive in the house. Sides, you can use the water for otehr purposes like learning the surfaces or areas.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
For me, I think it will be more economical if you do the dish washing manually. Since you are alone, It won't take too much of your time because they are only few to wash. I don't have a dishwasher so I don't know much about the water and electrical consumption it may use.
• India
25 Mar 13
We don't have dish washer in our place and my wife washes all the dishes using her hands. I think we can save a lot while washing the dishes manually.
• United States
25 Mar 13
Use the mschine, in the long run its cheeper,an gets your ishes more sanatarily clean. continue the way you are it gives free time,maye you can spen more time on mylot an make some extra money.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
25 Mar 13
Can go either way. But it seems to me that it is cheaper to hand wash than dishwasher wash. My husband has been thrashing this around for about 5 months now...(he has nothing better to do with his time) and the amount of water he says a dishwasher takes, seems to me so small that how could it wash the dishes very well? But what people don't get is..you have to all but wash the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher anyway, so you add that water amount to the water amount in the washer, plus electricity and gas...the bill goes up. And the reason you have to wash them before you put them in the washer...that is just as it says..a "dish" washer. It isn't a garbage disposal, it isn't a trash can, it isn't a brillo pad! If you leave food on the plates, that food has to go somewhere when it is washed off the dish.. and that water line outlet is only like 1/2 inch in size..VERY easy to get clogged and that is a costly mess to fix! They show in that commerical that they put a cake in the dishwasher and run the washer and presto..the cake is gone off the plate! But they don't say WHERE the cake went once washed off the plate! So I figure, if I have to wash them anyway...might as well just go ahead and finish the wash by hand and be done with it. In my case also...just me and husband...it takes about 3-4 days to fill the washer full, and after the third day we are taking things out of the washer and hand washing them as we need that item or are "out" of the item. Yeah, I could buy more dishes to last longer, but there is that expense! I wash them by hand and then dry them in the dishwasher..just open it, put the clean/wet dishes there and close it and they dry. So just do them by hand and be done with it. Granted if you have a large family, you might use the washer as it does give you more time to do other things instead of washing dishes.
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
24 Mar 13
Since you don't wash frequently, no point getting a dish washer. Better to stick to the trusted manual washing. Take it as a form of exercise and you will be able to benefit from it.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
24 Mar 13
I also live alone but I run the dishwasher once a week and sometimes wash some things by hand so that I can stretch the dishes and utensils out for the week. I have never been one to put pots and pans and things like that in the dishwasher partly because they take up too much room. What little I do wash by hand does not take long or much water or soap. I use a brush to wash what I wash by hand. I think a dishwasher uses less water and electricity if you only run it when it is full which is what I do since I have enough plates and utensils to last that long for the most part.
@marguicha (92224)
• Chile
24 Mar 13
I have checked and I find it cheaper to use the washing machine. I have enough dishes to fill the machine and I scrub them (sometimes even with a dirty paper napkin) and place them there. When it is full, I run it in full capacity. Where I live, we have different electricity rates according to the time of the day, so I start the machine before going to bed when it is cheaper. I only wash pots and pans by hand. I have to use running warm water to wash dishes by hand and that very expensive. The machine washes with hot water, rinses with cold water and gives a hot last rinse at the end. The amount of thetergent the machine uses is a lot less than the amount I would use.
@hunibani (720)
• Philippines
24 Mar 13
If you are going to wash just your plate for that meal, im sure its only like 2 or 3 plates. So it is better to wash them manually with your hands and foam. It is cheaper lol -
@squallming (1777)
• Malaysia
24 Mar 13
In my opinion, washing dishes by hand will definitely be cheaper than washing them with dish washer. As you mentioned as well, dish washer takes time, electricity and more water to do the job. I have always been washing dishes with my hand and it doesn't really take much of effort besides the dish wash soap can last for a long time if you know how to use it.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
24 Mar 13
The electricity a dishwasher (but also washingmachine) is using depends on the temp of the water. The washing itself doesn't cost that much. But still it's way cheaper to wash your dishes by hand. Especially if you do that just 3 times a week (clean them with cold water inmediately).