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I use a dishwasher to get my dishes clean. 1 100.00%
I don't use a dishwasher to get my dishes clean. 0 0%
I don't own a dishwasher but I would give my right leg to have one. 0 0%
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#91 Old 06-16-2007, 08:45 AM
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OMG, I want one!!! I thought maybe you were in another country or something, but I'm not that far from you....I must be living under a rock because I've never seen anyone with a foot pedal sink!!!!



hah well I've always seen them in hospitals, but I've never actually seen one in anyone's home either. : )
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#92 Old 06-16-2007, 08:53 AM
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I grew up washing dishes by hand. There wasn't any water in the kitchen so we washed dishes in the bathtub. Now I live in a house with three roommates and a dishwasher. I like washing dishes by hand if it's only my dishes that I'm washing. I usually only have a few at a time. The problem is that the dishrags and sponges I buy tend to disappear or are used for other purposes such as cleaning the counter. I saw one houseguest use a sink sponge for wiping off the stove and then he put it back in the sink. Eww.... I don't know why that bothers me so much. When I'm feeling generous and I don't mind cleaning up after my roommates, I use the dishwasher.
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#93 Old 06-16-2007, 05:02 PM
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I may well be one of 'those' people who believe that a less than sterile environment is actually a good thing.



There was a study, comparing the health of European and American kids, some time after WW2 and the European kids were found to be healthier than the American, possibly because they had built up more immunity as a result of their privation, whilst the American kids were cosseted in sterile comfort.
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#94 Old 06-18-2007, 05:24 AM
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I have always heard that using a dishwasher is more ecological than washing dishes by hand.



I always use a dishwasher, also for all my pots and pans, unless they really need a hard scrub.
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#95 Old 06-18-2007, 05:34 AM
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we only have a little dishwasher so most of our pans don't fit in.

We mostly wash plates, cutlery, etc, in the dishwasher, and pans by hand.
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I just let my dogs lick the dishes clean, then put them back in the cupboard. It's the most ecologically sound method of cleaning dishes that I've found.



Anyone want to come to my house for lunch?
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#97 Old 06-18-2007, 12:44 PM
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For years I lived alone and didn't have a dishwasher. Things piled up more as after working in a bakery all day the last thing I wanted to do was wash dishes! I also hated not having a dishwasher because even with pipe cleaners and extra time and effort, I still couldn't get all the parts in my Cuisinart completely clean. Once we moved to an apartment that was a little more modern (built in the 1950s instead of the 1920s) we got that dishwasher and I was happy again



Still, it's not the best (or even the best medium-quality) since the landlord isn't going to fork over for a decent quality dishwasher, so I do have to pre-wash some items or put the ones that don't need as much spray to hit them in the corners of the rack. Otherwise, they won't get clean. You get what you pay for, but if I had been able to pay for it, I certainly would have gone for a much better quality one. Oil well, I won't be living there forever



Look at this kind of dishwasher, though: CO2 Dishwasher
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Wait a tic... you're supposed to get dishes clean after you use them?



rut-roh...
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#99 Old 06-18-2007, 04:16 PM
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Dishwasher.
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#100 Old 06-18-2007, 06:16 PM
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I would give my left arm for a dishwasher, but not my right leg, so there was no option for me in the poll.



I usually don't wash the dishes at all. I just clean them with cold or hot water after using them.

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Does it matter then if you ate a hot meal or a cold meal as to what temperature of water you use, Sevenseas?
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#102 Old 06-19-2007, 08:14 AM
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No, what matters is the amount of time the dish has been unclean. If it has been a long time -> hot water. If I clean it immediately after use -> cold water.

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Makes sense. Let them air-dry then and don't take a towel to them or you're just recontaminating them all over again. Or stick them in a hot oven
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i use both, actually.



if i only have a few dishes, i put a bit of soap and water on a sponge, and i put about 1-2 gallons of water (clean) in the sink. i wash the dish, put it in the sink to rinse, and then air dry.



sometimes, i end up with a lot of dishes, or my husband puts his dishes in the dishwasher. we run the dishwasher probably once a week or so. i find it easier to wash by hand overall--but when i cook a large meal, or we have guests over for lunch or dinner, then i use the dishwasher.
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When I move out, I must have a dishwasher. Even if I was living alone, I'd need it because I cook a lot. Cooking = lots of dishes.
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i cook a lot, but it doesn't usually require a lot of dishes and i tend to clean those dishes as i go along.
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My apartment doesn't have a dishwasher. I used to have one in my house. Rarely do I miss it, actually.
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#108 Old 06-20-2007, 12:04 AM
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I guess it just depends on what I cook. Sometimes my bf and I cook gourmet meals that require you to do 100 things at once... that uses a lot of pots, pants, and other dishes. I think if the dishwasher broke down, I'd survive though



Tonight I went on a CRAZY cleaning spree and spent 3 hours in the kitchen. I organized the plastic containers (there were billions overflowing out of the cupboard!), organized the chemicals under the sink, cleaned the microwave, cleaned out the fridge, bleached the hand towels, took out the trash... I went crazy! Now if I had to do that on top of handwashing dishes, I think I'd go mad! *hehe*
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#109 Old 06-20-2007, 10:20 AM
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I think whether you use more water hand-washing or with a dishwasher depends on your hand-washing method. I don't have a dishwasher, but my method for washing dishes is to briefly run some water over them, turn off water, soap everything up, then rinse. I find it hard to believe that I'm using more water than a dishwasher would.
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#110 Old 06-20-2007, 11:21 AM
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I don't see the point in owning one, they really smell and you have to mostly wash stuff before putting it into the dishwasher. They can't was some things and some pans or containers you can't fit in anywhere and so hae to wash them by hand. It seems more of an inconvenience.
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#111 Old 06-20-2007, 12:03 PM
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i have a dishwasher just collectin dust.

cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.
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#112 Old 06-21-2007, 11:49 AM
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I've never had a dishwasher that smelled... that's just odd. Of course you should rinse a dish before you put it in. I can load up an entire dishwasher full in under a minute. The time it takes to wash it by hand varies between 5-10 minutes. What's great, I can post this message while my dishes are being washed and sanitized If your dishwasher smelled, then maybe it was time you got a new one, that is not normal.
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#113 Old 06-21-2007, 11:57 AM
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I've had several dishwashers in my lifetime (moved a lot ) and none of them have smelled either.
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