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Dishwasher Or Dish Washer?

post #1 of 27
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I just got done washing dishes and I have the obligatory 'wet spot' on my shirt to prove it! Got me to wondering how many of y'all still wash dishes by hand and how many prefer to use their dishwashers instead.

I wash my dishes by hand almost 100% of the time. About the only time I do use the dishwasher is after festivities where there's likely to be lots & lots of dirty dishes...like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Other than that, its a sinkful of hot, soapy water for my dishes!

How 'bout y'all?

Ooo, yeah, and what's your fav dishwashing method (for us handwashers) and fav dishwashing liquid?

Hilda >^..^<
post #2 of 27
I LOVE my dishwasher. I would seriously die without it. I absolutely HATE washing dishes by hand, and when my dishwasher was broke for a week, I made us eat off of paper plates
post #3 of 27
I wash by hand I hate it, but it has to be done I use Sunlight dishsoap...but not sure what you mean by method
post #4 of 27
Dishwasher, but I still put every single dish in there.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I wash by hand I hate it, but it has to be done I use Sunlight dishsoap...but not sure what you mean by method

Yeah, I thought about that afterwards. Here's what I meant to say: I fill up my sink with very hot water and add the soap almost at the very end using the sprayer attachment to make lots of bubbles! I love lots and LOTS of soapy water! My sister's in law (all of them for some reason) start by adding water and right away they add the soap...which ends you up with lots of bubbles but very little water....I don't understand why they do that?

Hilda >^..^<
post #6 of 27
Glasses, cups, plates, silverware, etc go in the dishwasher. No matter what they advertise, if there's food thoroughly stuck on a pan you just have to scrub it off yourself
Pots, pans, and skillets are handwashed (cast iron is a little bulky for a dishwasher)

I start the water and put the soap in at the same time, while grabbing the least messy of the pots and pans to start washing before the sink is even full. This seems to kill a lot of the bubbles.
As for soap, usually anything lemon scented, if a scent is too strong I will get very nauseous from it.
post #7 of 27
I wash by hand. When we built our house, we could have had a space in the kitchen for a built-in dishwasher, but I wasn't having any part of it. There's only the two of us, unless it's a big holiday meal, and then we have the good china out which couldn't go in a dishwasher anyway@
post #8 of 27
Sorry - missed part of it! Fav dishwashing liquid is Palmolive!
post #9 of 27
I put everything I can possibly fit in the dishwasher and use Electrosol tablets.

I do have some cat glasses that are not dishwasher safe and they are so cute, I don't want to ruin them. My dish soap is from Williams Sonoma.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
I wash by hand. ... There's only the two of us, unless it's a big holiday meal, and then we have the good china out which couldn't go in a dishwasher anyway@
Actually he washes the dishes and I have no idea what he uses so I had to go look - he has Palmolive and Dawn Antibacterial in there
post #11 of 27
I wash my dishes by hand, alhough I wish I had a dishwasher, it whould be so handy. I hate trying to get baked on residue off the dishes.
post #12 of 27
In general, I wash the dishes used regularly (like the cat food dishes) by hand with Sunlight. I have a mini-dishwasher that I use for pots, pans and Tupperware. On average I use the dishwasher 2 times a week, usually after I cook.
post #13 of 27
I have a dishwasher, his name is Reggie

I HATE doing dishes... I have OCD about slimy nasty things on my hands.. I also can't stand my hands to be dried out
post #14 of 27
I hate washing dishes. I have hated it as much as when I was younger and had no dishwasher, and now when I have a dishwasher. It's all the same. Having the machine, just makes one make more dirty dishes. I'm still washing alot of pots and pans that take up too much room in the washer. I cooked less when I didn't have one. Now that I have one, I cook at home more hence more dishes! No win here.
post #15 of 27
Well, I wash by hand...our kitchen won't really accommodate a dishwasher. Our house is a 1913 fixer-upper, and while the kitchen isn't tiny, our cupboard configuration wouldn't work with one. I don't know, I'd really almost rather do dishes than laundry. Laundry wouldn't be that bad if one didn't have to fold or hang the clothes, and put them away. That's rather traumatic for me.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by wookie130 View Post
Well, I wash by hand...our kitchen won't really accommodate a dishwasher. Our house is a 1913 fixer-upper, and while the kitchen isn't tiny, our cupboard configuration wouldn't work with one. I don't know, I'd really almost rather do dishes than laundry. Laundry wouldn't be that bad if one didn't have to fold or hang the clothes, and put them away. That's rather traumatic for me.
Agree with that! A never ending process.
post #17 of 27
I HATE washing dishes by hand, so it's no wonder that they have this occassionaly tendency to pile up in my sink since I'm dishwasher-less for the first time in my life. Ugh. Hopefully, I'll have one in my next place! Although, Ian has volunteered as the Dish Washer after we move in together. (Phew!)
post #18 of 27
I grew up without a dishwasher- so i've washed dishes by hand for years. At mine and my mom's duplex- we don't have a dishwasher....or a disposal....or anything like that. Everything is done by hand -we're just used to it. / At Colins he has a dishwasher and everything. I was in complete shock when we first stared dating because i didn't have to wash everything by hand or worry about stopping up the sink He still catches me occassionally- i'll forget we have the dishwasher and wash them all by hand- he just laughs / As far as washing dishes by hand - I like Sunlight or Dawn. When i use the dishwasher- I use the cascade 2 in 1 action gel packs (the apple cinnamon one). Normally when i remember- i will wash all plastics, some pet dishes, and objects we use every day by hand and put the rest in the dishwasher and run that once a week as needed
post #19 of 27
I do not have a dishwasher, I do em all by hand

Dawn Ultra fresh scent, and hot soapy scrubby, turning the water on to rinse.
post #20 of 27
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I will say that although I almost always wash by hand...I almost always 'use' the dishwasher. Use is in quotes because I use the dishwasher to place my clean, wet dishes...rather than a plastic drainer tray. I've always used a tray but when we put our old house...or former house up for sale, I needed to be sure counters were not only clean but clear of clutter...aka plastic dish drainer with clean dishes. We decided that we'd wash the dishes, dry them & put the drainer in the cabinet under the sink. That worked for a while but then it just became too much of a chore to do every night in the hopes that the next day someone would show our house. It finally hit me all of a sudden...DOH! I've got this big, empty space that has all sorts of little hooks & stems and things for what??? To put clean dishes!!! So I said farethewell to the dish drainer and now I put my nice clean, wet hand washed dishes into the dishwasher, leaving them there to air dry with the door either closed or open! Works really well and my counters are much happier and clutter-less!

Oh yes, and we use Dawn, the original blue one since we can't use any of the anti-bacterial stuff that is harmful to our septic tank critters. I also keep a spray bottle with half bleach & half water...I spray a squirt or two into the dish water to help with that nasty ''egg'' smell that some dishes have...ugh.

Hilda >^..^<
post #21 of 27
Well 99.9% of the time I use the dishwasher,hehe........but theres certain things that I cant/wont put in there and then they get washed by hand. Right now I am using,umm....gotta go look.

For handwashing I have Dawn antibacterial apple blossom-yummy!! And for dishwasher I use Cascade complete.
post #22 of 27
Both, I wash the dishes by hand, with soapy water and a scrub brush, until it looks clean, then it goes into the dish washer. If I wash by hand ONLY, then I'd have to really wash it until I'm absolutely certain there are no germs. But I just can't stand putting dishes in the dishwasher without cleaning them off first. I believe that when you leave junk on the dishes (not including little minute pieces of junk), it wears out the dishwasher and it breaks down faster than it should. Plus, when you wash them first, they come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean, lol (when my parents wash them, however, they don't scrub first, so we get dishes with baked-in pieces of food)

I'm anal about it, though, so I don't think anyone else does this. My sister does, but everyone else in the world does NOT, lol
post #23 of 27
I use both.
I always wash by hand my knives and anything with wood (wood is never supposed to go in a dishwasher!)All my pots and pans get washed by hand as well as my wine glasses and anything else I deem handwash!!
I have a drainer on the cupboard to put these one. I am currently using Palmolive for handwashing and Cascade in the dishwasher. I to do not use any anti-bacterial stuff. I found this great mesh strainer that I use in one sink that catches the food bits rather than going in the septic tank! Another tip never overfill the detergent thing in the dishwasher as too much dishwasher detergent will etch glasses. Also to santize your sponges.scrubby things run them thru the dishwasher too!
post #24 of 27
I live alone, and do all my dishes by hand. Ive found that the trick is to do them just after youve "made" them, nothing has had time to "Stick" on so its really fast and easy. I really like Palmolive as a hand soap as well as a dish soap, but my favorite is the Grapefruit scented Sunlight.
post #25 of 27
I do our dishes and then put them into the dishwasher. I can't stand baked on food, it makes me feel like they need to be redone again.
If they need to be done by hand I use Dawn apple scent. For the dishwasher, I use Cascade complete.
post #26 of 27
Handwashed, Fairy Liquid, music helps...

I've actually got stacks of washing-up but I think I'll leave it 'til the weekend and hope Epona doesn't see this post
post #27 of 27
I make my roomie do the dishes.
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