Do you still hand wash your dishes?

United States
April 9, 2008 1:12pm CST
I know some out there cant either afford, or just hasnt bought a dishwasher, but most homes that are on the market have dishwashers in them. Are you someone that just doesnt have a dishwasher, or have one but you just dont use it? I always use my dishwasher, i cant live without, i still hate dishes with the help of a machine, how do you feel about a dishwasher?
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Well, we hand wash because our dish washer is broken. How sad is that. I don't like to do them, but my husband doesn't mind. So he mainly does dishes and I mainly do the laundry.
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• United States
18 Apr 08
LOL, I did most of the stuff around here until i started babysitting, so now we share more of a load, but he wants to do the laundry (which is fine with me, i dont like the laundery) and the trash, everyday, and that be his chores, but that leaves me and his son with, dishes, ferret poo, living room, two bathrooms, and our room. When i pointed that out he said, but you dont have to do those everyday. Well the living room, and dishes have to be done everyday, so i dont know, maybe i should just make that chore list agian.
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• United States
18 Apr 08
I'm a bad wife. LOL. My husband does a lot of the chores around here because I am so busy with my business and volunteering. Although, now that the kids are older, they help out as well - willingly or not :)
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I think a dishwasher is an excellent a necessary appliance that each and every household should have. My family has always had one. There are eight people in my family, so we run at least two loads of dishes per day. I remember back a few months ago when our dishwasher broke down and actually started leaking water everywhere. We panicked because we would have to wash dishes by hand! The worst part was that my parents went away for a week and a half and left me with two of my younger sisters and my younger brother...and a few containers of disposable dishes. That didn't seem to do the trick, though. My brother was constantly eating (he's almost 21) and didn't mind using regular dishes rather than the convenient disposable items. Ugh! (LOL) So I ended up washing dishes by hand every night. I now have a deeper appreciation for dishwashers! Once we got our new dishwasher, it was so modern and powerful that it destroyed several of our plastic plates and cups. What a shame! We know better than to put them in the bottom of the dishwasher now as that's where the hot water is the strongest. I guess we didn't realize how nice our new dishwasher would be! We have to be very careful where we play certain items now because of how powerful it is (and how hot the water gets). I'm sure the water temperature is something we can change as far as the dishwasher is concerned. I'm just so glad we have one. It saves us a lot of extra work. With six kids, my mom would've never had time to do the dishes too. My fiance's grandparents still don't have a dishwasher (and never had one) because there's no room in their small kitchen. I know there are smaller dishwashers that are somewhat mobile with wheels on them and such, but his grandma is so used to washing dishes by hand that she doesn't seem to mind.
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• United States
18 Apr 08
WE use mostly glass dishes so that wouldnt of been a problem for us. we have an older version that came with the apartment, i would make my faince get another one but not when were living in apartments. I hope that when we get a house it has a dishwasher b/c i would hate actually having to wash dishes.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I hope you get a house soon so you can get a new dishwasher! That's mostly because I know what a pain it can be to wash your dishes by hand. How annoying. (LOL) Thanks for your comment!
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I would love to have one but my kitchen is not set up for one.....I would lose too many cupboards as I only have one wall of them to begin with. If I remodeled the kitchen I would make room for one! I would love to have one!
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• United States
18 Apr 08
Maybe one day you will be able to remodel and have your dream kitchen.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
I had a dishwasher and frankly it makes me lazy, let me explain. I would load it and run it but all of the things that didn't fit would sit and sit and sit in the sink until I needed them then I would wash it, use it, and it would sit there dirty again. Without the dishwasher I generally do the dishes everyday so I don't get the build up. It's better for me not to have a dishwasher but that's just me. I can imagine it would be handy if my family was bigger but as of now it's just hubby and I and the baby so it's not bad for now.
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• United States
18 Apr 08
Yea we do a load everyday, we have to, my rules are that if the dishwasher doesnt have clean dishes in it you rinse and load your dish so that there are rarely dishes in the sink.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I love my dishwasher and was happy when my daughter moved into her new apartment and gave me hers, since I didn't have one in mine! I wasn't having a problem hand washing my dishes, after hating doing them for so many years, but having the dishwasher is so much better.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
Yea if i had to i would handwash my dishes, but i would rather put them in the dishwasher
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10 Apr 08
In our country almost all houses doesn't have a dishwasher. We do the dishes by our own hands. I think the dishes will be cleaner when you do it by hand.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
a lot of people think that, my dishes are just fine in the dishwasher, but i have to rinse them off real good before i put them in
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@mimm45 (168)
• Australia
10 Apr 08
In my case I handwash the dishes to save on water and electricity. I have a dishwasher but it usually takes 80 mins to finish a whole load and that's on the economy setting already. I only use it as a drying rack - a very expensive one but it came with the house.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
yea ours takes forever to finish too, i think that it over does it, i have to start them two hours before supper if i want it to be done by supper.
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@thuynhu (663)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I'm so use to always washing my dishes by hand. However, I just moved into this house with my husband that has a dishwasher already available for us to use. And well my husband has always used a dishwasher, so it's like half and half. When I'm doing the dishes I usually still do them by hand because I just don't always trust the use of a dishwasher, as there are times when I still see things all over my dishes. I just don't feel they are very clean. But the other times, when my husband insists that we use the dishwasher, I still use the sink to scrap and scrub most of the residue of the dishes before actually putting them in the dishwasher to be rinsed.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
yes i rinse all my dishes (well the rule is when your done with a dish rinse it and put it in the dishwasher, much more easier) some dishwashers work real good, but the main ones you have to scrub them before you put them in.
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@kbourgerie (8780)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I still handwash my dishes. I have a dishwasher, but I prefer to wash them myself. I have never felt that my dishwasher did all that great of a job. By the time you rinse them enough for your dishwasher, you could have done them yourself.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
Yea i know that, but i still would just rather throw them in the dishwasher LOL. there are more people that hand wash there dishes than i though
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@ElicBxn (61085)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I hate to hand wash dishes by hand, but my client hates dishwashers. so, at home I use my dishwasher and there we store her extra containers in it since her kitchen is the size of a walk in closet - and not a big one either.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
LOL, thats funny. I hate washing dishes by hand too, i just would rather have the washer do it for me
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@ganderzz (30)
10 Apr 08
I handwash all the dishes that don't fit into the dishwasher.
• United States
10 Apr 08
I let them sit untill the next load lol, lazy me
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
9 Apr 08
well i'm someone who just doesn't have a dishwasher. but i feel that even if i did have a dishwasher, i would not buy it as i feel that it wouldn't be of much use in my situation or country. i mean it would be of use of course, just that i think i'd still be washing some dishes still with my hands like those big dishes that we cook on and all.
• United States
9 Apr 08
yea some of the dishes are to big to put in a dishwasher, thanks for the responce
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• United States
9 Apr 08
I had a dishwasher that was 6 years old and it wasnt working as good as it used to so I went to the furniture store and bought a new one and it was worse than the old one. Now I was dishes more than ever. I hate doing dishes but I need to. Thats life I guess.
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• United States
9 Apr 08
there are lots of things in life i hate, chores is on the top list LOL
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@bluemars (952)
• Australia
21 Apr 08
Yes it does make life so much more easier and save you some time. We all love things in the home that save us time or energy or even money for that matter. I still wash somethings by hand that don't fit in the dish washer like some of my trays but I rinse most of the dishes clean before I place them in there. I want that machine to last as I do love it quite a bit and yes I use it a lot but know how to hand wash when I need to. Sometimes you need to know because what if you have a power out or something.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
It would be really convenient if we have a dishwasher at home but, as of the moment, we don't have the luxury to buy one and rig it along the kitchen so, we just have to settle on washing dishes by hand and everyone is doing it after they eat or so..
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• United States
10 Apr 08
yea, thats how it was with me before i moved out of the house, we had a dishwasher but it was old and didnt work, i hate washing dishes though
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
Well, as long as they are my dishes to wash, I wouldn't mind at all but, if it's someone else's dishes, I kind'a get annoyed but, then again, its better to wash them now than to wait for them to pile up. Now that is very annoying too
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• United States
10 Apr 08
yea i get mad when they dont rinse there dishes and put them in the dishwasher.
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@Elixiress (3887)
10 Apr 08
I use a dishwasher, I really hate hand washing dishes. It is just something about peoples left over food and the fact that the water ruins my hands / nail. Dishwashers are the way forward =D
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• United States
10 Apr 08
Yes i like them becuase of that too, i dont like putting my hand in dishwasher full of dirty dishes
@Elixiress (3887)
11 Apr 08
Nothing worse than putting your hand in a bowl of dirty dishes and finding a sharp knife. The amount of times I got cut before getting a dishwasher / realising not to put the knives in with the rest of the washing.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
oh i hate that, i also hate when my fiance puts the knifes in with the tip up so i can cut my hand on it, i always tell him tip down but he doesnt listen
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I love my dishwasher. With a family of 5, and a pile of dishes everyday, it is a lifesaver. Yet, I still do hand wash some of my dishes. I hand wash stuff like my tupperware, pots and pans, and sharp knives. If I put everything in the dishwasher, I would have to run my dishwasher everyday and then I would have an outrageous electric bill.
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• United States
10 Apr 08
we have to run ours almost everyday, but thats because everyone tends to get a new cup after they drink out of it and that is so annoying
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• United States
10 Apr 08
Oh boy!!! Well I don't exactly know how that feels, as I have my family trained to use one glass all day. But my brother and I use to do that to our mom when we were younger and lived at home. She would get so upset!
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• United States
10 Apr 08
i say whats the point, your the only one to drink out of it, and if you are getting a differant drink just rinse it out, but no, they have to get a new one everytime, or my fiance will put my cup in the sink when im not done with it, and that makes me mad too
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Yes, I handwash the dishes (when I have to..pout), but really, no, we have no dishwasher, and although I wish I had one, I do know, that sometimes, even the pricey ones don't clean worth a crud... I don't, personally, recommend anything Maytag/Whirlpool/Amana--I seen how their stuff is made...
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• United States
18 Apr 08
yea i always wonder how certian stuff was made
• United States
19 Apr 08
as fast as possible, with the cheapest parts and the least amount of labor. dr...
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
10 Apr 08
I do handwasht he dishes, because we dont have a dishwasher. . My mom has a dishwasher in her house, but she doesnt use it!! she hand washes her dishes as well!! i'd be using the dishwasher if i had one FOR SURE!! the dishes take up a lot of time!
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• United States
10 Apr 08
yea i would be like, mom im taking your dishwasher home with me LOL
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
10 Apr 08
lol i dont think theyd let me take that on the plane ;)
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@jesbellaine (4155)
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
Dishwasher is very convenient to use, but most of the time we just hand wash our dishes especially when my mom is the one who is doing the cleaning. hehe.
• United States
10 Apr 08
Yea it seems that moms like handwashing dishes more than useing the dishwasher
• Philippines
10 Apr 08
That is very true! Mothers like to do the old fashioned ways! Cheers!
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