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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.

trashcanjunkie Tue 20-Aug-13 00:10:18

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.

YouStayClassySanDiego Tue 20-Aug-13 06:25:36

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

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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

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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...........

pregnantpause Tue 20-Aug-13 07:08:28

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.

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 20-Aug-13 07:29:57

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.

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