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Do you have dishes you just do not put in the dishwasher? And what do you do if there are more dishes than will fit in it? Who does the hand washing?
We have knives and some cookware we don't put in, plus our "slush mugs". I just got through doing an entire 2 sink fulls of dishes we either don't wash or wouldn't fit in the dishwasher. that's on top of unloading and then re-loading the dishwasher. And I'm a little ticked!! We're supposed to trade off hand-washing (and unloading and loading the dishwasher), and the kids are supposed to wash the slush mugs when they use them, but somehow or another I'm the only one that does handwashing. The girls will unload the dishwasher but won't load it because "I don't know how to load it." Uh - did you think maybe just to put things in there the best you can??
On a good note - DD Lauren made dinner tonight and DD Kathryn is planning dinner for tomorrow.
We don't even have a dishwasher. My kids tell me that we are from the stone age because everyone has a dishwasher. HA HA WE DON'T. My DDs are still young so I wash and they dry and put away.
On another note, the kids all do the laundry, wash, fold and put away. It's so funny how they often will say they feel like Cinderella, and I will just tell them how close they are to feeling the Disney Spirit.
I have some nice china I don't put in the dishwasher, but I don't use it that often. When I do, I wash it because I don't trust anyone else.
When we were married, I told my DH that if we didn't have a dishwasher, HE would be the dishwasher because I HATE doing dishes. With that said, I will put dishes in the dishwasher and let DH rearrange it before he runs it. Our policy is no dishes in the sink, so you have to wash your own if it doesn't go in the dishwasher. So far, so good.
We never do handwashing if we can avoid it. We put pretty much everything in the dishwasher...
Same here. There are few plastic cups that aren't supposed to go in that I usually keep out to wash by hand. My mother never puts pots or pans in the dishwasher. She thinks I'm crazy to put them in ours, but I hate having to wash dishes, so I do.
I always handwash our photomugs as I find that the dishwasher (and microwave) fade the photos. I also hand wash our brushed stainless knives (as that's what is recommended) and the handmade pottery pieces we use infrequently. But everything else goes in the dishwasher. If it won't all fit, I may handwash a few things, or I may just wait and save them for the next load.
I do not put pots and pans in the dishwasher. But I am not the one who usually does dishes. We have a deal that if you cook you do not do the dishes and my hubby does not like to cook so he usually does the dishes.
We don't have a dishwasher, but I would sure love one! I hate washing dishes (I prefer cleaning toilets to washing dishes), but since I stay home with the boys, I am the washer. Luckily my boys like to "help" me clean, so I can at least turn a chore I hate into a fun learning opportunity!
I wish I could donate my dishwasher to one of you who doesn't have one but wants one!! I've always had one, and I've NEVER (yep, never) used one. I handwash everything. It's so much faster and I know myself, I would totally put off putting the clean dishes away until I had to and everything would just get backed up. When it comes to dishes, I wash, DH dries. (Unless I'm just washing a cup or something here or there, and then I dry it too.)
I know myself, I would totally put off putting the clean dishes away until I had to and everything would just get backed up.
I know, right? Fortunately, I can get DS17 to put away when he's home, and my sons load their own dishes.
Your comment reminds me of my mom's dream kitchen: Two dishwashers, one for clean and one for dirty! (This sounds good, but I just know somehow you'd have the same result....I mean, eventually something's got to be put away, right?)
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All my pots, pans, stoneware and knives have to be hand washed. We have a system that my DD or DS unload the dishwasher in the morning and put their dirty breakfast dishes in. Then throughout the day if you have a dish it goes in the dishwasher, not the sink or counter. If I find them on the sink/counter I will put them in the dishwasher and then they have to pay me out of their pay for that period (they get paid by the job and get paid the same days my DH does). Any of the items that need hand washing, are washed immediately after they are used and put away. If it's one item I wash it and put it away. I don't let things pile up because then it feels like a hard job, when washing one or two things only takes a minute.
I have a few items (like my Pampered Chef Ice Cream scoops) that MUST be hand-washed, but 99.9% of our dirty dishes go in our dishwasher (a 3-rack Maytag, so I can get a day's worth of dishes in there most days). Anything that doesn't fit on one day goes in the next. Yes, some days (mainly Sundays, when I go cooking crazy) I run two loads, but most times I run my dishwasher around 1 a.m. (while everyone's asleep so it doesn't interfer with baths). One of the first things I do every morning is to unload the clean dishes, then load the dishwasher with dirtiesthrough the day.
We have a dishwasher, but typically wash everything by hand unless it was a large meal with a ton of dishes. If the sink is over loaded then I just put everything in the dishwasher. Otherwise, I have found it's easier and faster just to wash them by hand. We have a dish drainer that we put the wet dishes in until they dry as well. It saves energy on the electric bill by not constantly running the dishwasher.
I have found that when I do use the dishwasher, DH & I get lazy and never want to unload it. It's kind of the "out of sight, out of mind" deal until we need dishes and realize they're still in the dishwasher!