70% Of UK Households Have A Dishwasher. Why?

@Janey1966 (24194)
Carlisle, England
September 1, 2011 7:52pm CST
Neither myself nor my parents have a dishwasher. I only found out recently that - currently, 70% of UK households have one and I cannot understand why. Help me out here! Maybe I'm old-fashioned but why not just wash your pots in the sink? That way you know it's clean and you're not using loads of water. You have to wipe everything dry afterwards anyway..don't you? Dishwashers are filthy once they get the old build-up of gunk. I don't want that going on my pots and pans, thanks. My in-laws use their dishwasher once a week. Why? I'm wondering if they accumulate loads of pots and pans throughout the week and turn the dishwasher on on the Sunday, the only time they use it. Come to think of it..maybe not. MIL 'ain't the greatest of cooks. How often do you use your dishwasher and why did you buy one?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
2 Sep 11
They have been brainwashed into thinking that it saves water and electric. Of course it costs a lot more for the dishwasher soap. It does use more water. The new dish soaps do get dishes cleaner than the old stuff did so you do not need the dish washer. And just think of all the germs that are multiplying on those dishes while they sit there for days. And how many people have enough dishes to last for a week anyway...I don't. YUCKY! I use 1 plate,fork,knife,and glass per meal. I eat two meals a day. What do I need a dishwasher for...My apt came with one. I have to clean it because even though I do not use it...somehow it gets dirty. Ridiculous!
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Yes, that's the bit I can't get my head round..the accumulation of all the plates, etc, to make the dishwasher worthwhile. I'd rather just wash them all there and then in the sink. Get it overwith!
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• United States
2 Sep 11
It really depends on the size of the dishwasher. I have a very small kitchen. So my dishwasher is only 18 inches. (the normal sized ones are 24 inches). I dont fill it each day, but it doesnt take long before it is filled!! And the dishes are much more likely to get sterilized in the dishwasher because of the temperature of the water.
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@dfollin (21530)
• United States
2 Sep 11
There are different sizes of dishwashers for sure.When my mom lived in a 1 bedroom apartment she had a small one.As well as we did when we lived in a hotel because we were in between places.But,like I said when there is a family and both adults have to work you use more dishes and you need a dishwasher.
@millertime (1396)
• United States
2 Sep 11
My dishwasher came with the house when I bought it. It was already installed. I use it probably once a week also. While I do wash some things by hand in the sink, I feel the dishwasher gets them cleaner because it uses hotter water than I could by hand. Mostly, I use it for plates, small bowls, cups, glasses and silverware. I wash the bigger pots and pans in the sink because I only have a few. Plates, bowls, etc., I have many of, so I can load them in the dishwasher and then do them all in one batch. Plus, I can start the dishwasher and then go do something else, so it's a big time saver. While, I'm vacuuming or doing laundry, it's washing the dishes for me. I don't really understand when you say the dishwasher gets filthy though. It uses fresh water to clean and then flushes it all down the drain when it's done. Maybe it depends on the water quality whether there is any buildup or not but I don't have any at all in mine. The inside of mine is squeaky clean all the time. While I could do without it, I'm kinda glad I have it. I would hate to have to stand at the sink and wash dishes after every meal. It's much easier to just put them in the dishwasher for later. Maybe I'm just lazy.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
I'm going off the adverts that say build-up of limescale can become a problem if the machine isn't cleaned with products designed to tackle it. Is it not a pain putting everything away again after it's all come out of the dishwasher?
• United States
3 Sep 11
I guess I'm lucky, I've never had a problem with mine having any kind of build up or scale. It really doesn't take very long to unload it and put the dishes away. Some of the plastic items don't get entirely dry so I have to towel them off as I go but all the plates, glassware and silverware all are completely dry so it's just a matter of putting them in the cupboard. I can do it in a few minutes. It's one of the easier household chores.
@Hatley (164037)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Sep 11
hi janey here in the US most apartments have them and if they are working right they are worth it as they do sanitize your dishes and for those of us who hate washing dishes they are a God send. I am in a retirement center so no dish washing for me. but I used mine after every meal so my dishes did not ever set in there and I have read that used correctly your dishes are spotless and germ free.They get the water much hotter than you can doing dishes by hand. I really liked my dishwasher..,
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Good for you!
• United States
2 Sep 11
I LOVE my dishwasher!!! I didnt have one for 5 years. I was finally able to redo the kitchen and put one in. I hate doing the dishes by hand! It is just one of those chores I would rather not do. Of course, there are a few of my pans that I dont put in the dishwasher. But only doing a couple is a lot better than doing tons!!! My dishwasher actually uses way less water than washing them myself. It really depends on the dishwasher. The newer ones are really efficient. As for them getting gross? Thats is because people put gross things in the dishwasher!! No, I dont wash my dishes before I put them in. I rarely even rinse them (unless I know they will be sitting for a long time). But I do scrape off the extra food - just like you would before putting them in the sink!! But hey, if you are happy without one, then good for you!! Im just thankful that I finally have one!!!
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
It's obvious you get along famously with your dishwasher so who am I to argue lol. You use it in the way it's supposed to be used too..sensibly! Good for you.
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@ElicBxn (61553)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I hate to wash dishes, besides, the cats won't let anything alone, so even why my dishwasher was broken, I still had to dry my dishes in it so they'd stay clean!
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@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
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• China
3 Sep 11
I Have no dishwasher and haven't intended to buy it.My "dishwasher"with two hands has done a good job.Not that I am conservative,but that I think It is unpractical.How many bowls I want to wash up are there every day so that I must use the dishwasher? Here It is a household not a restaurant.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 11
That's a good point you make there "here it is a household, not a restaurant." Couldn't agree more!
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• China
5 Sep 11
Sometimes there is no need for us to follow the crowd ,we must know our own mind.
• Canada
2 Sep 11
Dishwasher - Cant live without one
I dont know about the UK but here everybody has one. It comes with the house. If you buy a house, theres always one there already or if its a new house, theres the space, right there next to the kitchen sink. You can even get them in apartments now. There all over and nobody would even imagine NOT having one It washes in very HOT water, so trust me, its clean. You buy a stuff that you pour into it and make a wash with no dishes in to clean the dishwasher. New dishwasher soaps dont leave gunk anymore. It dries the dishes, theres a dry cycle at the end now, so no need to dry your dishes. You just take the dishes out and put it in the cupboards!! The new ones are very quiet also. If you dont have one, you dont miss it, but if you ever get one, then you wont be able to live without it.......its like the computer Yes it does take lotsa hot water but......who cares
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
The cost?
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• Canada
6 Sep 11
I think it would cost me much more if I were to wash it all by hand. I wash the "Italian" way some people tell me. I let the water run, pour soap in my dish cloth and rinse the dishes. So the water is running all the time. At least with the washer, it runs once and washes a load of dishes all at the same time. So I think I save money.....right?
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Sep 11
So that they can get back to the pub quicker that's why! I would never go out of my way to buy a dishwasher and all these years, I have never used one up until recently when we moved into a house that had one. I never thought that I would enjoy having one but I actually do! I am not sure how much water it uses or how much power, but I do know that it saves me a lot of time washing and drying dishes. It saves me around 20 to 30 minutes each night in clean up time and then some time in the morning as well as my son empties it whereas I used to empty the dish rack and there would still be some wet stuff. More of the dishes get dry with the heat from it than previously when I was hand washing stuff. The dishwasher is spotless each time so I am not sure what build up you are talking about? The other benefit is that during the day all dirty dishes get put straight into the dishwasher ready for the nightly wash. This keeps our kitchen benches free from the pile of dirty dishes that used to accumulate throughout the day. I reckon that if you had two kids as well as yourself and John, then you would appreciate the need for one more! LOL
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Yes, I reckon we would have a dishwasher if there were kids around but, alas (or "hoorah!" depending on how you look at it), there are only two of us, so that's never going to pose a problem. The build-up I'm on about is limescale. Hopefully, you clean out your dishwasher so this won't become a problem. It starts off "invisibly" somewhere in the workings of the machine. If it's not treated i.e. by using a product that deals with it, this limescale can build up creating nasty germs that affect your wash. Lovely!
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Sep 11
As I am new to these machines, I had not heard of this build up before. I will have to look into it. We were told when we moved in to use white vinegar in it regularly, so maybe that is the reason for that? We bought some and have been doing it so we will see.
@petersum (4524)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I haven't been in Britain for a long, long time! Something must have changed because as I remember the houses I used to live in, there wasn't room for a dishwasher! So what has it replaced? The fridge or the cooker? Or have the kitchens of Britain become magically larger?
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Some appliances have been moved into "utility rooms" that probably used to store other things. Hang on a minute, they still do lol. As for my MIL, her washing-machine is in the GARAGE to make way for her dishwasher..that she only uses once a week. How insane is that?
@petersum (4524)
• United States
2 Sep 11
Utility rooms are rather luxurious aren't they? Or is that what we used to call the lounge?
@leeloo (1492)
• Portugal
15 Sep 11
I had never had a dishwasher until this year, when the kitchen was remodelled and it came with. I had never seen much use for one and still do not use it every day. The only time I find it useful is when my extended family comes over, there are days that there is lunch or dinner for around 18 people, I tend to load up the washer and leave it washing giving me more time to socialize. When it just us I tend to wash my dishes by hand. The washer I have cleans the dishes very well, I still haven't washed too many pots so don't know if it is as good with metal as it is with porcelain and glass and the dishes come out dry and ready to pack away. It does not seem to get too dirty, maybe because it is new. Oh, in relation to saving water I found a few links some time back but only found these now while reading your discussion they don't seem conclusive though : http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=314 http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/appliances/dishwashers.html
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
19 Sep 11
Wow, 18 people eh? I think I'd need a dishwasher in those circumstances but I reckon you're taking the sensible approach not actually using it all the time.
@maximax8 (31159)
• United Kingdom
10 Sep 11
I had a new kitchen fitted in 2010. I have got a white china sink and it matches my white units plus white glitter work board. I haven't got a dishwasher. I am happy to wash plates and cups in my sink. I can't imagine having a dishwasher. I have a fridge freezer, a cooker, a washing machine and a condenser sort of tumble dryer.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
10 Sep 11
No, I can't imagine having a dishwasher either, to be honest. To me, they're not a necessity, unlike a washing machine/tumble dryer that I couldn't live without. Having said that, I try not to use the tumble dryer too much, especially in the summer months. My neighbour seems to have her washer/dryer on constantly (she has 3 kids) but I'm sure she could find room outside for a washing-line. I guess she can't be bothered and a lot of people are like that. I'd be thinking about the cost all the time!
@bounce58 (17439)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Our dishwasher came with the house when we bought it. Out here, dishwashers are a standard in newly built houses. This also included the fridge and the washer/dryer. Like you, I am not satisfied with how it cleans pots and pans. Even with the latest diswashing wonders. So we don't use it everyday. Once or twice a week.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
7 Sep 11
Well, I don't actually own a dishwasher so I cannot comment either way on whether or not they do wash pots and pans properly, although from comments made on here..probably not lol.
@GreenMoo (11835)
4 Sep 11
I used to have one, because I was offered it second hand. When it broke I didn't replace it. Yes it's great not to have to wash up, but you still have to load and unload it and I'm not convinced it's a lot less work.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 11
Then arguments ensue about who's going to load and unload it. I really can't be bothered with all of that..much rather get it all overwith, John washing, me drying. More sociable too.
@SViswan (12057)
• India
3 Sep 11
Dishwashers are just entering the Indian market....but I don't think it's practical with the amount of water and electricity it's going to be using up. Indian cooking is elaborate and ends up with lots of things to be cleaned but beside the general dishes, pots and pans, I'm not sure a dishwasher would be able to clean everything. Grinding stones, mixies (attachments can be washed in the dishwasher), etc. Most homes here have help who come in to clean the vessels. I don't think I will be getting a dishwasher any time soon....my husband would throw a fit at the price...not to mention the increase in water consumption and electricity bill.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 11
Exactly!
• United States
3 Sep 11
I have never owned a dishwasher and just recently was liking that all of my boyfriend's family owned one in their homes. I am the type that likes to wash on the go so that I do not accumulate, therefore, for some reason I think that if I owned one, I would not be using it as much. I also see that there were times not everything came out as clean as I like it. So for this reason the hand washing is more preferable to me.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
3 Sep 11
Same 'ere!
2 Sep 11
the only dishwasher in our house is me !! My sis in law has one, 2 in their family, my neighbour has one, only 1 person in her house. But I have never felt the need to have a dishwasher. There is only me , the husband , one dog and once cat in our house. Perhaps if I had a large family with lots of washing up, pots and pans etc., but no, theres nothing better than scouring the dirty pots yourself and making sure they are sparkling clean. Plus ( green thinking here??) but you are using less water, less electricity and less detergent which is better for the environment. And final reason,I havent got room in my kitchen
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
We could make room in ours but really..what's the point? We have a sink and like to use it lol. As for them being energy efficient. I don't buy that argument. Anything that uses electricity to heat the water up can't be that efficient, surely? Mind you, I'm not going to stop using my washing machine anytime soon..don't wanna stink. Haha!
• United States
2 Sep 11
I currently don't have a dishwasher, but I'm young enough that I grew up with one. It actually surprises me that only 70% of UK households have one, but I guess that makes sense with the age of many of the buildings. I live in an area that has only recently experienced it's growth, thus most of the houses are new. I would say where I am at that number is closer to 90%. As for why, I say why not. It is a massive time saver. You rinse, turn it on when it's full and put it away. There is no possible way washing dishes by hand saves more time than a dishwasher, you just may have to spend slightly longer putting away a lot of dishes, instead of a little bit of time. I would say it's cleaner too, especially if properly used. Like someone said, the water is hot. Hotter than you would be able to use by hand. Some even steam clean. I've never viewed dishwashers as the dirtier method, and I still don't. I am more likely to miss things on a plate than a dishwasher, primarily because of the heat. And no, you don't have to wipe everything afterwords. The dishwasher is sterile and the dish soap generally has an additive that prevents water spotting. In fact, I don't even air dry my hand washed dishes. It's a cleaner and simpler method. I don't know about restaurants in the UK but in the US I can nearly guarantee that the dishes you use are air dried. I personally hate the sight of dirty dishes sitting around too. It's nice to get them out of the way. It keeps the clutter down and is probably a bit more sanitary. I didn't use mine too often, 2 times a week maybe. They can fit quite a bit. And wow, I didn't think I had so much to say about dishwashers :)
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
LOL. Well, hubby has told me I have asbestos fingers so I would hazard a guess I can wash dishes by hand in water just as hot as a dishwasher..so there. Haha!
@WakeUpKitty (8694)
• Netherlands
2 Sep 11
exactly for the same reason we have a vacuumcleaner and washingmachine. It's an invention to save time. Although I don't think it saves me time. I have one because of my allergies and I can't stay into the water for long. My dishes never came clean out of it even if I cleaned most of it with water. So now it's just standing there not been used since years. It annoys me that it takes such a long time till it's finished and find out it's still not clean. By hand it's way faster and I don't need so many plates, bekers, etc.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
I believe the newer ones are more efficient but I'm hardly going out to buy one, especially. Guess we've gotta grin and bear it.
@kaylachan (29437)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Sep 11
Most apartment complexes down here have Dishwashers in them already. So it sort of comes with the apartment. And, I find them to be quite handy actually. While I understand your concern, I've never come across that type of problem. And, I've lived in my previous apartment for seven years, and in this one seven months. And, despite the fact I run the dishwasher two to three times a week, i've never had to deal with gunk buld up, things getting on my dishes I don't want, or having to towl-dry them afterwards. It's more cost effective to use a dishwasher if you can down here. The price of water here is annoingly redicoulous. And, while you may think using a dishwasher uses more water, the reality is they really don't. You can wash more then one dish at a time, get them cleaner then if you were to do it by hand, and not have to sit and rinse every dish. And, unless you don't use the drying fuction, you really don't have to worry if your dishes are dry when they come out. I find it easier to use the dishwasher on a regular basis. George and I don't have a whole lot of dishes, so needless to say it's really not that unusal for me to be running it at least twice a week. In fact I think I've become spoiled by it. When I grew up my family didn't have a dishwasher. We had to do everything by hand. When I moved down here I learned they are a common household appliance. So, while I could probably live without one, I actually perfer them.
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Well, I suppose if hubby had moved into this house and one was installed already, I doubt he'd get rid of it lol. Good for you that you're able to use one on a regular basis.
@Mayuko (1270)
• United States
2 Sep 11
I wish I had a dishwasher. They're very convenient, not to mention washing dishes can dry out your hands and cause nail polish to chip :P But for me, I'm going to need to get a dishwasher in my house because I have a problem with my ear. Whenever the water is on, I feel and hear an odd tapping, popping noise in my ear. I can barely take a shower, much more deal with washing dishes by hand. Right now, other people in my house have to do the dishes because I can't take the sensation. When I move out, I'm going to have to get a dishwasher, otherwise, those dishes would pile up :P
@Janey1966 (24194)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 11
Wow, I've never heard of that before.