Oh the Dishes

I haven't used my dishwasher ever since I read this post about washing dishes by hand.  If you have been contemplating the "dishwasher vs. hand-washing" issue as I had been, then this is a must read. 

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My game plan consists of washing the dishes each night as soon as the kids are in bed.  It isn't realistic for me to wash them after each meal since I have 3 little ones ready to move on to the next thing.  But once a day is a good place to start.  I had been spending so much time rinsing all the dishes, loading the washer, running the washer, unloading the washer, blah blah blah. 

The hardest part for me was keeping it unloaded.  I would have a whole new loads-worth sitting on my counter, but the washer had yet to be emptied.  I still have to put the dishes away now, but it is so much easier since they are already sitting in the drying rack (no, I do not towel-dry my dishes...I let air work for me on this one).  Sometimes I put a few away throughout the day, or all at once when I get a chance.

Another thing I am loving is that I get to wipe down my counters and table each night.  No more grimy food getting stuck overnight.  This also forces me to put away other clutter that may have gathered on my counters. 

I am not totally anti-dishwasher though... either when guests eat over, or if our family continues to grow, a dishwasher may cut down on the time (and hopefully there would be more people to help load/unload!). 

So for now, I'll be hand-washing our dishes.  But I have one dilemma... check out my next post.


Mom P said...

I agree with your plan. It is a great feeling to have the counters cleared off and start fresh each morning.

Anonymous said...

You know, I think I agree. The amount of time it takes for me to scrub all the dried food out of two sinkfulls and 2 counterfulls of dishes would probably be better used just washing the plates after each meal. Which I don't have a problem with. I struggle with making myself wash those big old pots and pans. After I'm done shoveling all that food into my mouth, my arms are too tired to lift heavy metalware. :)


Lindsey Lange said...

I read the link and I don't know if I can completely agree with it. I haven't had a dishwasher for over 2 years and I cannot wait for the day when I get one. I must make a lot more dirty dishes than she does :)

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