questionsam i the only person left without a dishwasher?

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I put everything in there that is safe to put in it.

Until Christmas my pots and pans weren't and that drove me insane. Now they can and I'm in love.

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I own a dishwasher. I use it perhaps once a month (or less). The main reason I use it is to keep it in reasonable working order. Nearly everything I own is NOT dishwasher safe, from a set of porcelain dishes circa 1880 to depression glass and other fragile glassware. I bought a small set of dishes from housewaresdeals.com some time ago just so that I'd have dishes that could go in the microwave, and the dishwasher.

I usually find it easier to just wash the dishes (and felt this way even when I still had a family at home). Porcelain made before a certain year is NOT dishwasher safe, and will start to show mottling and lose its clarity if you make the mistake of putting it in the dishwasher.

When I use the dishwasher, besides dishes, I put in any stainless silverware, and various pots and pans. I always hand wash knives, even the cheap ones. I also put in various kitchen aid tools that I use, but remember, this is once a month.

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Nope, I don't have one either. Hope to have one put in someday, but shudder at thinking of how much that will cost, as there is not currently a hook up for one.

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nope, my batshit-crazy mom thinks they're for lazy people. technically she has one, but she uses it as extra storage space. I want to slap her every time I see it.

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I'm also dishwasher-less and will probably stay that way. Unless you have a family running around or have a huge gathering, it doesn't even seem worthwhile to use a dishwasher. You'd have to let dishes pile up for a week or more just so you could fill it up! I had a dishwasher in my old place, but I never used it. I generally make one-pan meals or grill when the weather permits, so I don't make enough dirty dishes to justify using one even if it's there. I find having one of those sponges with the handles you fill with soap makes it much easier to do dishes, too.

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I like to put liquor in mine. I married her. :)

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@granilithe: ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever had those.
@shrdlu: I feel like you are talking about the way I do laundry (almost everything I have is hand/gentle wash and hang to dry)! I would put more utensils in there if I had one, but would probably only use it about twice a month if I did. Like @stryker4526 said, it would take forever to get enough dishes to make it worthwhile with just me and my hubby.
@kamikazeken: I know how you AND @spottedrich feel, as I actually have a dishwasher sitting in my basement waiting for our kitchen remodel (several years now)…totally can’t be used but it just taunts me when I have piles of dishes.
And @jsimsace – I put beer in mine (didn't take long for the downvotes on that!) :)

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@jsimsace: Did you tell my husband that trick? Because... I'm the dishwasher. I run on chocolate and wine.

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I live in a rental and it has one. I don't pay for the water and am out of the apartment most of the time due to classes and work, so having a dishwasher is a major time saver. That being said, I would never let our pots, pans or other special stuff get put in there.

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The house I am at right now does not have a dish washer and I cant stand it. When you get one you will NEVER want to go back. You look at like 10 dishes and get overwhelmed with laziness and fond memories of automated dish washing...

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I have an old, extremely tiny house (under 80 sq. ft.), and there's no room for a dishwasher. I do them by hand. So far, I'm surviving.

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I love my dishwasher. We still do a great deal of hand washing even with items that could go into the dishwasher. But that is because we have many items we might have to use (mostly kid things) the next day. When it is extremely efficient is when there is family visiting and it can be run everyday based on the number of dishes. As the children become older I can see my dishwasher becoming more of a useful factor in my home. But we are definitely not a family who throws absolutely everything in it as some of our friends do.

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@magic cave: 80 square feet? I hope you meant 800....

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You could be. Got a dishwasher here and we use it all the time. Only hand wash the stuff we can't put in it.

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@the18thtee84: Not true at all. I've had dishwashers in the past. Hardly ever used 'em. They don't do as good a job as handwashing and you're out however many dirty dishes for however long it takes to fill it up.

@magic cave: 80 sq ft? That IS a tiny house!

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I don't use ours but once every couple of weeks. The vast majority of dishes get handwashed, but if we have people over I'd prefer to not spend the evening washing dishes, plus due to health concerns I really need the stuff sanitized. I can take pretty warm water, but your dishwasher uses FULL hot water. It's clean when it comes outta there.

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@mkdr: I figured I would get downvoted, but somebody was going to say it. :) Seriously, we have a built-in dishwasher. It gets used 1-2 times per week whether it is full or not. They need use on a regular basis or they will seize up. Glad you're getting one!

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@havocsback: Dish soap/dishwasher detergent isn't anti-bacterial and trust me, bugs will survive whatever temperature your hot water tap is at. If you're worried about sanitizing the dishes, add some white vinegar to the dishwater. It's a disinfectant and it's food safe. Alternatively, just wipe 'em down with a paper towel or cloth soaked in white vinegar after you wash them.

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@jsimsace: Oh, lordy, yes indeed: 800 sq. ft. Although it does at times feel as if it's only 80.

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Have one; seldom use it. Didn't have one for many years. Mine died. Didn't miss it. Salvaged 1 from a tear-down house. That sat around for over 2 years before I had it connected. As said before me, some items need to be washed by hand. Have not reached the point where I use paper plates - though, I know people who do. ;-)

Also lived w/o a garbage disposal for many years. Finally got that replaced. Don't use that often either. Will say I couldn't live w/o my microwave & coffee/espresso maker. Burr grinder. Ice maker in fridge. I'm pretty content w/what I have. :-D

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@stryker4526: Food grade white vinegar isn't antibacterial(double strength- referred to as cleaning grade- is a different story), the institutional soaps/detergents I have to use are certified. White vinegar's good for a lot of purposes, this just happens to not be one of them.

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@havocsback: Well... you are partially right. It has antimicrobial properties, but all of the stuff I read suggests using it in combination with hydrogen peroxide (spray one on first, let dry, then the other, let dry).
This article references an academic study done on the subject: http://www.michaelandjudystouffer.com/judy/articles/vinegar.htm

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If you get one and really use it, it will become as indispensable as a coffeemaker.

We had a big crowd during the holidays and we ran the dishwasher almost daily for a week.

The other posters are right, though: don't put crystal or real silver in the dishwasher. Same goes for wooden utensiles. We only run the cheap cutlery in the dishwasher, and hand-wash the good stuff.

In short it's like a Roomba...it doesn't eliminate the chore, but does the drudgery work so you have more free time.

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Reading this reminds me of a laundry day Thread elsewhere. People complaining of having to do 2 loads a week, that is fewer loads than I do a day, and I only do half the laundry.

Our dishwasher runs at least once a day. That is just the table dishes though, no pots or plastic. While our pots can handle the temps in there egg or oatmeal pans won't clean properly, so pots, knives and plastic things get handwashed twice daily. Plastic would melt/ warp and knives would get beat up, so even if there is room those don't go in.

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just make sure to get a prenup before you finally pick one up

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Clarification: I live alone. Cook for 1. Do not entertain. And so on. I do agree that a dishwasher is indispensable to those who cook a lot, have large families, entertain, etc. Just not something that I rely upon. My coffee/espresso maker...another story altogether. ;-)

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@gmwhit: I wound up messing with the people in the laundry thread. Aparently all those singles forgot that there are many different types of families, or maybe they just never realized that more people means more work for everyone, not less.

But I agree, in a single person situation normal size dishwashers aren't going to be used much. And the kitchen is likely small enough that you want the storage space instead.

That said I might still want one of the half sized ones, The ones designed for wet bars. Partly for logistic reasons. Typically if you have pots to wash you won't have space to put the the table dishes on the drying rack as well. And I want to finish the washing part before I move on to drying (assuming I don't leave the things to air dry). So not having to worry about the breakables is a plus.

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There's one in my apartment, but we never use it. Not even sure it if still works as apparently they're not supposed to sit around unused. Hopefully the day we move out it, it will turn out to be working find and won't come out of our deposit. While generally speaking my roommate and I don't dirty a lot of dishes, we will both cook on occasion, and particularly around holidays I'll do a lot of baking; could easily fill the dishwasher but I hand wash anyway.

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@magic cave: Your house is smaller than my guest bedroom?

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I don't have one, I only use Cold Water, and my dishes are as clean as Cold Water can get them! I often have guests ask how I get my dishes so clean without a dishwasher?

I tell them Cold Water does a good job...then I call her out and give her a pat on the head, and say good dog!

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We had a non-working one up until this fall. I finally got around to replacing it. It is just my wife and I so it wasn't that big of a deal doing them in the sink, but now that we use the dishwasher it makes things a lot easier.

@hikuro, your landlord cannot charge you for that. If your dishwasher stops working due to normal use (wear and tear) or even non-use there are laws that protect you from being charged for that. The property owner can only charge you for things that were damaged due to negligence. So if you’re missing a dishwasher rack you can be charged, if your dishwasher turns yellow from not using it, you cannot. So don't sweat it!

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@kamikazeken: My demented Mother would not use hers either. Finally the water dried out of the traps and the odor was terrible so she started hanging room deodorizers in it. Even when we explained repeatedly that she just needed to run it occasionally, she would not do it. Nuts.

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Speaking from a preventive medicine/public health perspective: dishwashers are a good thing. Diswashing detergent creates free available chlorine levels far, far higher than hand washing ever could: as a result bugglies die. Also, most modern machines have a setting where they use a booster heater in the unit to get the water >140F: hot enough to kill most pathogens.

One other reason to use a diswasher: provided you run it reasonably full, you save water. Quite a bit, in fact, compared with washing by hand.

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I don't have a dishwasher (I am the dishwasher) but I would really like one. Problem is, it would require moving a cabinet, re-doing all the countertops, installing hookups, etc. We are considering looking for a new house this summer anyway so it's really not worth it, unfortunately.

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I've never owned a dishwasher, and never wanted one. They are an alien idea to me. All my dishes are individually hand-thrown and signed art pieces, so I doubt I'd want to trust them to anything other than my own two hands. I certainly wouldn't consign my cutting boards, knives or cookware to a machine.

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My wife and I have a dishwasher and we use it about once a week for plates silverware glassware. We usually have family or friends over on the weekends and it's much better for spending time afterward with the guest than washing up afterwards or letting them sit there overnight. Never pots or pans no matter how dishwasher safe they are. I feel like it shortens the life of the pans.

On another note, My grandmother owns a dishwasher and she uses it. BUT she washes the dishes before she puts them in. We always rinse ours off but she actually scrubs them clean then loads them in the dishwasher. Always makes me smile.

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@eraten: I'm not sweating it, we haven't really had any trouble with our landlords, and we've been here about six years now. I figure by the time we move out pretty much anything would be covered by normal wear and tear.

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I have one, and I love it. Why do I love it?

Because it has one very very nice and important feature called, "Sanitize!" where it heats the f*ck out of the water, and then blasts them with more heat to dry them. They come out not only clean, but bacteria free.

Am I a germaphobe? No. I just don't really trust hand-washed dishes and cooking utensils. I own a few things that don't go in the dishwasher, but those are pots/pans and they are self-sanitizing once they heat up.

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I own a dishwasher, but it is a half sized dishwasher. It is currently just my fiance and I in the house, so the half sized gets run about once a week. It works for us!
I had a dishwasher growing up, but when I went to college, I didn't have one. Man, did I miss it.
Once came pre-installed in the house I bought, and it's wonderful!

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There's only two of us but ours gets run about every other day. I load, he unloads. Everything goes in there except the ceramic knives. I'm in my 60s and I've only had one for about 12 years (raised a family without one) but I love every cycle of it.