to stop using the dishwasher?

(82 Posts)
gremlindolphin Tue 20-Aug-13 00:06:16

We have just come back from hols where we took turns washing up or did it together and it just seemed so much better!

I have been told it is more efficient to use the dishwasher but I think it is a waste of effort to load and unload it especially as it invariably ends up with me doing it!

I am probably thinking nostalgically about this but I remember my parents and i would spend 15 mins together every evening washing, drying and putting away - job done.

Anyone want to join me in dumping the dishwasher?

Morloth Tue 20-Aug-13 00:08:39

Not a chance in hell.

We lasted 4 days without a dishwasher, have never come so close to divorce.

can I please have your dishwasher? I am bastard sick of dish washing. We're housesitting next week and one of the main motivations is the house has a dishwasher!!! I'm deadly serious.

ChippingInHopHopHop Tue 20-Aug-13 00:13:02

I don't like them, so I don't have one smile Far too much faff loading and unloading, getting annoyed with other people for not putting stuff in them/putting it in incorrectly - much easier just to do the dishes!

AgentZigzag Tue 20-Aug-13 00:19:55

No fucking chance shock

Washing up is the deadest dead time in the history of dead time jobs, I haven't even got a nice view out of the kitchen window to pass the time.

The cold panic I had when our last dishwasher broke down, facing the much longer than 15 mins worth of congealed/welded fat from a roast, will live with me forever <possible overreaction>

I think your holiday has gone to your head a bit, maybe have a lay down and it'll all be better by morning smile

AgentZigzag Tue 20-Aug-13 00:22:39

You don't load/unload them yourself Chippy!

It's a nice job to start the DC off on their path to independence wink

springytoofs Tue 20-Aug-13 00:38:15

I've no choice at the moment because mine is broken. I thought I'd see how I got on without one. It's a total PITA

I get what you mean about quality time, though. My kids are grown and flown so when I wash up (gruesomeist job) I only have quality time with myself. Dull tbf.

5madthings Tue 20-Aug-13 00:43:30

yabvu unless you give it to me! grin

i would kill for a dishwasher! i am forever washing uo, tho at least the elder boys can help now, tho i do wonder when they will learn that if they dont do it properly all that means is they will waste time having to do it again and it would have been much quicker to do it properly in the first place!

Monty27 Tue 20-Aug-13 00:45:31

Nooooo way would I give up my dishwasher, not ever. It keeps the kitchen tidy, it washes the dishes lovely, it has a nice noise, I love it for many reasons, And it's quite pretty smile

Morloth Tue 20-Aug-13 00:51:22

As Agent says you don't unload it yourself if you have a child over the age of 5 in the house.

I load as I go through the day, put it on after dinner clean down and DS1 unloads when he gets up in the morning and is getting his breakfast.

Everything goes in if it can't go in the dishwasher I don't buy it.

Still18atheart Tue 20-Aug-13 00:59:35

Ahh you see I've stopped offering to unload dishwasher in this house as it starts WW3. My dm likes has lots of dishes which are stored in places she only knows exists. Also i'm really clumsy and i think shes scared that by the ebd of week one there won't be any plates or glasses left in the house.

But i agree with op at uni the washing up was so much simpler and easier also the tablets for the bloody thing cost an arm and a leg in comparison with washing up liquid.

I'm aware I will get flamed for this post.

Ours broke a few years ago and I never bothered replacing it

It's not been that much of an inconvenience tbh.

meganorks Tue 20-Aug-13 06:29:40

No fucking way! But good luck with that

Eastpoint Tue 20-Aug-13 06:31:00

Our dishwasher broke & we waited 6 weeks for the spare part. It didn't bother me to begin but after about a month I was really fed up. We're a family of five, my husband usually has lunch at home & I don't load or unload the dishwasher. With no dishwasher I had to wash up as u

Eastpoint Tue 20-Aug-13 06:35:22

I wanted my children to get to school on time & it wastes water if each person washes up individually.

I was so pleased when we went back to having a working dishwasher.


sleepywombat Tue 20-Aug-13 06:38:10


We inherited one when we moved to this house 3 years ago & haven't once used it or seen the need. We don't have enough crockery for a start.

BikeRunSki Tue 20-Aug-13 06:38:44

Morloth, you ate a kind mum, my DS has beeb putting hus stuff in.the dishwasher since he was 3! Nearly 5 now, he puts more in for sticksrs. If he gets 100 stickers by his birthday,we're going to the Lego Discovery Centre. He doesn' t know the tickets are ready booked.

sleepywombat Tue 20-Aug-13 06:39:23

My aunt always says if she ever designed a kitchen she'd put in two dishwashers, so you never have to unload/put away.

SellbyDate Tue 20-Aug-13 07:01:09

What?! It takes me the time it takes to boil the kettle and make a cup of tea to unload it in the morning. OP I expect you will last less than a week. I'd hate to be without a dishwasher now...........

Yanbu- about not having a dishwasher. It's not hard to wash them yourself fgs. Yabu to think of it as valuable time with family, that it just a nostalgic rather fantastical view of a boring necessary job

ImpatientOne Tue 20-Aug-13 07:10:57


I would voluntarily stop using my dishwasher When. Hell. Freezes. Over.

Nottalotta Tue 20-Aug-13 07:20:32

YANBU ......ditto what sleepywombat said. We bought this house just over 3 yrs ago and the prev owner left her (perfectly good) dishwasher behind along with lots of tablets to go in it. We've nevr used it. There are only the 2 of us though so we would struggle to fill it. Also, if you are going to bother rinsing stuff off you may asell wash it.

I am very jealous of all of you with dishwashers you don't use.

We have no dishwasher. There is a gap where it's meant to go that mocks me!

ILetHimKeep20Quid Tue 20-Aug-13 07:36:09

I don't understand why people see them as a hassle. You empty first thing in the morning while the kettle is boiling. Put your dirty dishes in it through the day, switch on last thing and that is it.

comingalongnicely Tue 20-Aug-13 09:15:51

We love ours, same as ILetHim above, empty first thing & the timer starts it at 02:00 on Economy 7.

We still hand wash the saucepans & cooking implements, it's just the crockery and cutlery that goes in the DW.

Shlurpbop Tue 20-Aug-13 09:21:32

Love my dishwasher! No more bickering over whose turn it is to wash up, or having to redo it cos DH has done a crap job of it!
Dishwasher = marriage saver!

livinginwonderland Tue 20-Aug-13 09:23:35

Well, I can't afford one and won't be able to for some time. Doing the dishes takes all of five minutes and doesn't cost a small fortune. YANBU.

usuallyright Tue 20-Aug-13 09:28:41

we went on holiday recently and I jumped for joy when I discovered our mobile home had a dishwasher. We had massive bbqs most night, using almost all the crockery between the lot of us and it was all bunged into the dishwasher. 2 minute job and came out sparkling! If my dishwasher died, I'd replace it the same day. I'm serious.

Crinkle77 Tue 20-Aug-13 09:37:34

I don't understand either why people make a big deal of loading and unloading. It's not that much effort as you just do it as you go along. And as for emptying it then i don't see how that is a hassle. The dishes still have to go away even if they are on the draining board.

Crinkle77 Tue 20-Aug-13 09:39:35

Plus you can just shut the mess away until it's full. If you have no dishwasher then you constantly have mess to clean up or the kitchen looks untidy

DameFanny Tue 20-Aug-13 09:43:16

Yanbu , ours broke 4 years ago, DH has the part to fix it but I'm glad he hasn't. My dishes and glasses are shiny again, and I never have to wait a day for my favourite mug to come back.

Summerblaze Tue 20-Aug-13 09:45:51

I love love love my dishwasher. I still say its the best thing I ever bought.

And all the dirty pots don't spend all day sat on the top making the place look untidy. Bang it in the dishwasher and everywhere looks great.

mikkii Tue 20-Aug-13 09:51:11

Nottalotta, I have never rinsed before stacking the dishwasher.

We recently spent 4 days without when ours died, before getting the new one,DH whined incessantly. He claimed to have washed up 3 times during the day (I had left none when I went to work) yet the lunchtime saucepans were waiting for me because he was sick of washing up (btw, thanks for reminding me of that, I need some recompense for that one!).

Eventually, sick of his moaning, I told him to crack open the paper plates, I was at work and not about to take a day off to wash up for him grin

Jan49 Tue 20-Aug-13 09:56:58

I've never had a dish washer and wouldn't want one. They seem a good idea for a hotel or restaurant but not really necessary in a household. To me it sounds like an extra chore. With the washing machine, I sort out a load, fill it, and have to make sure I'm going to be home for the next 1.5 hours whilst it runs, can't run it late due to neighbours and can't run it when anyone will want a shower as it affects the hot water. If I had a DW I'd have to consider all those things. Easier just to wash up and then leave it overnight and put the dry stuff away.

WilsonFrickett Tue 20-Aug-13 10:00:06

Oh we've just got one again after 2 years without. YABVVVVVVVU. I love my diswasher and I hate washing dishes. And it's not 'quality time'. Fair enough, it might be like that in the holidays with a wee glass of wine and 'pass the Fairy darling' and a wee squeeze of DH on the way past.

On a cold dark November night when everyone just wants to cozy up on the couch? Not so much fun.

Morloth Tue 20-Aug-13 10:21:28

You have to be home while your washing machine runs Jan49? Why?

How strange. I often just chuck a load in on my way out the door in the morning and deal with it in the evening. I have a washer/dryer now so if the weather is bad I just hit dry as well.

Same for dishwasher put it on of an evening and everything is clean and dry in the morning. I don't rinse anything if stuff is really baked on or whatever I run a prerinse cycle. Clean the filter once a week (though there isn't much in there) and run one of those dishwasher cleaber things throught once a month.

bootsycollins Tue 20-Aug-13 10:26:58

I love my dishwasher, seriously.

Squitten Tue 20-Aug-13 10:31:20

We have just got a dishwasher after 4yrs of not having one and if there's a fire here tomorrow, I'm getting the dishwasher out first!

We only have a small kitchen so it doesn't take many dishes to make it look really messy and start taking up space. I'm a SAHM so the VAST majority of dishwashing fell to me and it was so dull and repetitive having to do the same job three times a day, over and over again. Also a total nightmare any time we had parties of cooked larger meals - dish chaos!

We could only fit a slimline one in so it's really dinky but it works very hard and that plus the occasional hand wash of something I don't want to leave out is just wonderful. I love it the most smile

OverTheFieldsAndFarAway Tue 20-Aug-13 10:31:26

Sleepy wombat......your aunt is soooo right. I have two, its brilliant, nnever have anything hanging around....I bake a lot and we use lots of everything during the day and I would never go back to washing's too short.

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 20-Aug-13 10:36:53

I would love a dishwasher. I spend so much time washing, soaking, rinsing and putting away dishes, and I loathe doing it. I am building an extension to the house, ostensibly so that we get a third bedroom, but actually so that I can fit a dishwasher into the kitchen.

youmeatsix Tue 20-Aug-13 10:38:09

you think loading and unloading is a wasted effort and it takes you 15 minutes to wash up dry and put away??? confused rose coloured specs much?

I'm in love with my dishwasher, I'd replace it same day if it broke, I loath washing dishes.

It's great because I don't end up with dirty dishes stacked on the sides looking messy, they all go I the dishwasher until its full then I turn it on overnight and voila! They're all clean for the next day. Mine is a cheaply Currys own brand one but I still love it.

McNewPants2013 Tue 20-Aug-13 10:41:53

Not a chance it takes me 10 minutes after a roast dinner to do my kitchen. Before used to take me 1/2 hour.

Our old dishwasher broke a few months ago so I fondly thought we could manage without - and I work from home so how hard could it be?

Day one - quite fun.
Day two - okaay
Day three - down to the dishwasher shop

So YABU and rose tinted

MrsMook Tue 20-Aug-13 11:00:16

Dishwashers are amazing. In our old house when there was two of us and no space for one, there always used to be washing up lurking and getiing grim. When I was pg, I couldn't stand at the sink to do the washing up as my back ended up in agony after a few minutes.

We aquired an ancient one with our new house, and life was much better. We upgraded when we did the kitchen up and have one very quiet that you barely notice when it's running.

My SiL got rid of hers as she never used it when there was two of them- now there's 4. When they were over at the weekend, the dishwasher was quietly taking care of the after effects of 7 people having dinner while we had pudding. At her house she'd be slaving away at washing up for half an hour. I wouldn't be suprised if they do get one when they do their kitchen up...

I love that I don't have to worry about how many pans etc I'm using.

peggyundercrackers Tue 20-Aug-13 11:13:38

when we bought our house 4 years ago a new kitchen had been installed and one of the things it had was a dishwasher. We have never ever used it so it is sitting under the unit with all the documents inside it. its still brand new.

dont see the point in them as they take so long to do dishes. washing up takes so little time, dishes are all done and away in 10 mins.

kinkyfuckery Tue 20-Aug-13 11:16:42


Never had a dishwasher here - have coped just fine!

GinOnTwoWheels Tue 20-Aug-13 11:23:33

What sort of food do those people who think dishwashers are a waste of time eat?

Ours is on full nearly every day and there's no way I'm taking a turn in doing that amount of pot washing. It would take forever, not 5-10 mins as is often claimed.

slenderman Tue 20-Aug-13 11:26:05

we just don't have room for one but i would blardy love one! (sob) i have never ever had a dishwasher so i guess what you don't have etc but dishwashing is so boring and messy and not fun.

ShakeAndVac Tue 20-Aug-13 11:29:52

I've just come back off holiday too, and quite enjoyed being 'dishwasher'less for the duration of the week.
I hadn't washed anything up in absolute ages, so was a kind of hark back to nostalgic times.
I was also aware though that on holiday, I have far, far less washing up than I do at home.
A few breakfast dishes and glasses, and sporadic bits throughout the day.
At home though? It's bloody never ending and I don't know where it all comes from!
I would seriously get the rage if faced by the washing up mountain at home with no dishwasher! grin

I use my slow cooker most days and that can be a real pain in the bum to scrub, especially if I've had porridge in their overnight. The dishwasher always gets its clean and shiny ready for me to bung dinner in it first thing in the morning.

Also, grill pan, roasting dish are both things that made me gip whilst washing up by hand so that's no longer a problem.

AND I sterilise all DS's nebulisers and physio equipment in there.

you can also make flavoured vodka quicker in them, and fish

ShakeAndVac Tue 20-Aug-13 11:31:47

With the washing machine, I sort out a load, fill it, and have to make sure I'm going to be home for the next 1.5 hours whilst it runs,

confused Why?!

ShakeAndVac Tue 20-Aug-13 11:32:22

Vodka in dishwasher?! intrigued

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 20-Aug-13 11:35:55

I agree with the op. In the time it takes to load the thing I can wash the dishes by hand. And do a better job.

Also, I find it much less annoying to have clean dishes on the drainer than in the machine.

magimedi Tue 20-Aug-13 11:36:40

I love my dishwasher.

ShakeandVac : The fire brigade advise that you do not leave your house empty while dishwashers or washing machines are running. Fire hazard.

LondonMan Tue 20-Aug-13 11:47:10

We inherited one with the house, it was used once or twice, last time was more than ten years ago.

It takes 15 seconds to wash a plate under a running tap (each do our own immediately after eating) and maybe a minute to wash "the" cooking pot. (Almost all meals involve one-pot recipe, plus rice.) The teflon rice cooker pot takes 30 seconds to empty/wipe before being re-used.

I think using a dishwasher would take several times as long as doing things manually.

Silverstar2 Tue 20-Aug-13 11:47:32

It seems 50/50 doesn't it, with those who seem unable to live without one, and those that neven bother.

I fall in the 'never had one, don't see the point' camp. My MIL makes me laugh, she swears by her dishwasher, but won't put in glasses, all her cutlery is wooden handled so that can't go in, she has loads of pots that can't go in for some reason, and she runs a bowl of water to rinse everything in before it goes in........ really? Just wash the stuff up by hand FGS!

I don't mind washing up, and we are a family of 4. I just have a bowl of hot water ready and do it as I go along, it really is no bother. And we have no space for a dishwaher anyway, and no space for all the extra plates we would need.

Now ironing, on the other hand I HATE.

HeathRobinson Tue 20-Aug-13 11:47:47

magimedi - I thought that was only for tumble driers? I always leave my dishwasher and washing machine on when I'm out.

LondonMan Tue 20-Aug-13 11:48:54

Though I'm not speaking from experience as it wasn't me that used it the one or two times.

ShakeAndVac Tue 20-Aug-13 11:51:10

magimedi - I thought that was only for tumble driers? I always leave my dishwasher and washing machine on when I'm out.

I've only heard about tumble driers not being left on when out as well. Never heard it applied to washing machines or dishwashers?

Plomino Tue 20-Aug-13 11:52:02

With 7 of us in this house , washing up would take a damn sight longer than 15 minutes . Our dishwasher runs full 3 times a day , so there would be no way on earth I'd not have one .

When ours broke , and then needed a part that was taking ages to arrive , I became such a thorn in the side of Zanussi , that they ended up replacing it , just to shut me up .

Jan49 Tue 20-Aug-13 12:20:00

*With the washing machine, I sort out a load, fill it, and have to make sure I'm going to be home for the next 1.5 hours whilst it runs,


I'd be worried about it catching fire or flooding or something going wrong that needed to be dealt with. I run it when I'm awake and around. If I had to go out I'd turn it off mid-cycle if necessary. I suppose it comes down to how risk averse you are. I obviously leave the fridge on and go out or go to bed but I wouldn't leave the washing machine on. I haven't got a tumble drier and wouldn't leave that on if I had one.

magimedi Tue 20-Aug-13 12:24:22

AFAIK it applies to dishwashers & washing machines.

One of my neighbours is a firefighter - I'll ask him when I next see him.

Morloth Tue 20-Aug-13 13:40:31

I will risk a fire to not have to supervise my white goods.

I had no idea people waited for things to finish.

Just isn't an option here, way too busy.

I wouldn't run the tumble dryer overnight whilst we were asleep in the house though and I keep my lint filter perfect.

miffybun73 Tue 20-Aug-13 15:06:09

YABU, I love my dishwasher smile

PenguinBear Tue 20-Aug-13 16:22:40

YABU!! I love mine! If you have a proper system, it takes minutes. I load mine (family of 6) in about 2 minutes flat. Te wash takes 30minutes and then It is unloaded in another 2minutes.

If you are struggling with it, you might be doing it wrong wink

trinity0097 Tue 20-Aug-13 16:41:50

29min for a quick wash in the dishwasher, far easier than hand washing and things get much cleaner! Also haven't studies shown it is cheaper?

whitesugar Tue 20-Aug-13 16:55:01

My washing machine broke a while ago and I went to the laundrette for about a week before replacing it. My dishwasher broke and it was replaced by lunchtime the next day. Any crockery or cutlery that are not suitable for dishwashers get thrown out.

melika Tue 20-Aug-13 17:28:42

I would never moan about loading/unloading the dishwasher, even though it is long way from kitchen sink(stupid previous people put it in the utility).

But it is my secret friend, Miele, who helps me to be sane. Let's face it, no one helps me, what's the alternative?

Capitola Tue 20-Aug-13 17:31:01

No way could we live without a dishwasher. We had to replace it recently and had 2 days without. It was not good.

lifesgreatquestions Tue 20-Aug-13 17:32:11

On my own I was happy to do my washing up. And like you OP, I have fond memories of doing the washing up with my mother, we'd make up songs and chat about stuff. However, the peace the dishwasher has brought us is priceless. If only other household items were as incredibly useful and relationship-saving as the dishwasher!

Marriage saver here as well!

All those who thinks it takes longer to use a dishwasher than handwashing, you do know you don't have to stand next to it whilst it's washing, don't you?!confused

FasterStronger Tue 20-Aug-13 18:57:01

we have a Miele as well and it is great: (1) it dries at the end of the cycle (2) it has an extra draw at the top so cutlery is sorted and easy to put away (3) it has more space in the bottom draw for pans etc.

and very energy efficient.
I am waiting for the washing machine to break as their new washers have a home dry clean option.

ChippingInHopHopHop Tue 20-Aug-13 18:59:45

I don't know why I hate emptying them - I just do.

I hate that they don't always do a good job.

I hate that they need salt/cleaning/filters emptying.

I hate dirty dishes sitting in them.

I hate that they ruin glasses & other things.

I wouldn't put my good glasses, pots, dishes in them - so I'd still end up washing stuff up.

I don't have dirty dishes sitting on the side all the time - they get washed.

All our plates, cups, glasses are in the 'top' cupboards (no choice) so not a job that is practical/safe to delegate to small people and I wouldn't anyway - I like my dishes smile

ChippingInHopHopHop Tue 20-Aug-13 19:01:12

Oh and I hate that half the time the dishes aren't dry or something has tipped over and there's revolting dirty water in it - bleurghhhh

I'd much sooner just wash up smile

purple15 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:10:58

Why hasn't the cost been discussed ?

Our dishwasher broke about a year ago, and because of the cost of our energy bills, we thought we would go back to washing up.

How much do you think it cost each time ?

jelliebelly Tue 20-Aug-13 19:13:00

No thanks - I bet you don't last a week before you get fed up of random cups and plates piling up in the sink grin

MiaowTheCat Tue 20-Aug-13 19:13:59

I can't stand for long periods of time - so I have to do things like veg chopping at a table sat down, which isn't really doable with washing up.

I love my dishwasher. I refuse to live without one now.

KitCat26 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:20:43

Oh no! I've only just got a dishwasher and I'm buggered if I'm going back!

Before it was me collating, washing up and putting away (kids too small to help, dh working long hours). Now its still me that does it, but the novelty will never wear off.

Morloth Wed 21-Aug-13 05:46:56

I don't care how much it costs each time.

I make more than a $100 an hour at work (and DH kicks my arse), I am pretty sure it costs less than an hour's washing up a day. grin

Stacking it is fun, like playing tetris with the crockery. I also have the one with the cutlery drawer at the top so no basket to get in the way of the big pots on the bottom.

Everything comes out hot and dry. Fabulous.

kiwik Wed 21-Aug-13 06:02:07

Mine is constantly full - three adults, and three children in a household means we go throuh a lot of crockery and cutley each day.
DS1 unloads before breakfast each morning, and at the end of the week he has a comic in payment.
I hate stacking it, as DH always comes in after I've put everything in neatly with another dish or plate to squeeze in.

I'd sell one of the DCs before getting rid of the dishwasher.

PoisonedApple Wed 21-Aug-13 07:57:57

Mine broke 1 week before DD2 was born. I sat beside it night and day until it was nursed back to health by the engineer paid for by the additional insurance I have to cover dishwasher, dryer and washing machine - I am that paranoid about losing them!

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