Dishes: By hand or dish washer?

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Dishes: By hand or dish washer?
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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 12:35pm

Just curious as I sit looking at my dish pan hands. :@)

We run the dish washer pretty often, but I try to only use the normal wash rather than the "high temp" or "pots and pans" cycle. I also turn off the "heated dry" option.

I wash the kids lunch box stuff by hand each night so that it's ready for the next day. I also wash my pots and pans by hand because I think they last longer that way. They also take up a lot of room in the dish washer.

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 2:51pm

We use the dish washer on "normal" and open the washer for the last 1/2 hour while it would be drying (not sure why it does this since we have the "no drying" option pressed).

We do have some items that we always wash by hand, like our steak knives, pots and pans and other random things. DH is much greener because he'll fill the sink with soapy water and wash all items, then rinse. I let the water run while I wash. It just grosses me out to see the dishes sitting in the icky water.

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 9:29am
I use the dishwasher for everything that fits. I saw a comparison video on AOL that showed several different methods of washing dishes (washing in dishpans, washing with water running, washing in dishwasher) to compare energy cost, water usage, and time spent, and the dishwasher came out to be the most efficient use of water, power, and time, so I feel I'm doing the right thing by using it. I do stick to the normal wash cycle with the door open to dry them rather than using the heavier cycles with heated drying, too, and my dishwasher has a very good energy star rating, so I think that helps. Plus, I run the dishwasher at night.




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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 9:51am
Well now I been washing dishes by hand for years and finally got myself (well my husband got for me) a new dishwasher. I use it once a day and now after several months I see a big drop in my water bill. I'm thinking that it's using less water to use my dishwasher than to wash them by hand.
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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 11:41am
We use the dishwasher on normal wash, with the heated dry turned off.

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 12:12pm

"...after several months I see a big drop in my water bill. I'm thinking that it's using less water to use my dishwasher than to wash them by hand."

That's great that you can actually see the difference. We're on a well here, so I have no idea how much water we're using. I wish I did!

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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 1:53pm
Dh had always told me that the dishwasher was more efficient....its nice to know that someone has actually proven it.

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 9:18am

I love my dishwasher, will not ever live in a house that doesnt have one.

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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 2:08pm
Hey Barb - great to see you back! I've been wondering about you! How are things going?
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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 2:15pm
That is awesome! I can't believe it breaks down that far! My 2 yo uses a booster seat thing still. I try to clean it with vinegar and a wash cloth but it never feels 100% clean. I'm going to go try to see if it will fit in our dishwasher.
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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 2:51pm

Hey Kellie,


I'm sure you're getting your booster seat clean enough.