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    • AnnieP6
    • By AnnieP6 6th Jul 18, 5:01 PM
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    Dishwasher or handwash?
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    • 6th Jul 18, 5:01 PM
    Dishwasher or handwash? 6th Jul 18 at 5:01 PM
    In our present home, we are not on a water meter but decided to get rid of our dishwasher when doing a kitchen refit. There are only two of us at home now so we decided to use the space for an extra cupboard and to hand-wash the dishes.
    We are hoping to move into an apartment soon which has a water meter and includes a dishwasher built into the kitchen.
    We have just been speculating whether it will be more economical to continue to handwash after every meal or to use the dishwasher every few days.
    Which do folks think is the more economical?
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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 6th Jul 18, 5:17 PM
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    We use the dishwasher.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 6th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    Water is so cheap that I doubt it makes any difference worth bothering about.

    I know what I'd do. I take after my father and he went out and bought a dishwasher in 1966. The first one in the village. Neighbours came to gaze in wonderment.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    For water usage alone studies have said that a dishwasher is most economical, using "sprays" of water rather than bowls of it.

    There's also the thing of "toss them in there out of sight", whereas with hand washing they can sit 1-2 days while you accumulate enough to feel obliged to do something about it

    I hand wash, I've never had a dishwasher... I don't mind handwashing, but when you get a bit behind it's an awful clutter in the kitchen that never seems to go away - especially as I let them drip dry too... so there's always washing up on display at various stages.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Jul 18, 5:31 PM
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    I've got a dishwasher and would never go back to hand washing by choice, just the sheer convenience, chucking it in, out of sight, until washer full. I do a rinse wash just to keep the maggots at bay
    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 6th Jul 18, 5:39 PM
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    Apparently dishwashers hardly use any water, but we don't bother with one, it feels like a bit of an extravagance and we don't have space for a DW and a washing machine.
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 6th Jul 18, 5:49 PM
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    Me and my other half are both in our early 40s and neither of us had ever lived in a house with a dishwasher until we had our old kitchen re-done in 2012. With a couple of months we'd decided we never wanted to go back to handwashing.

    The only things we do still handwash are our nicer glasses which would gradually get damaged and anything too big for the dishwasher.
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 6th Jul 18, 5:50 PM
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    I thought dishwashers were an extravagance I could live without ...... until we moved into a house with one and now I wouldn't be without one.

    For convenience sake as I put my dirty dishes in there out of sight rather than them piling up in the sink. Even after a couple of cups of coffee and breakfast, you can get a sink full of dishes. They do make a better job of your dishes too (if you get a good one).

    Oh and there's only 2 of us at home now too.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 6th Jul 18, 5:51 PM
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    The only issue I see is whether you have enough cutlery and crockery to wait until you have a full load. There is only two of us here and we certainly haven't .
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 6th Jul 18, 5:59 PM
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    The only issue I see is whether you have enough cutlery and crockery to wait until you have a full load. There is only two of us here and we certainly haven't .
    Originally posted by Linda32
    That is the one down side of them if there are just the 2 of you. We have 6 of each type of plate and bowl along with an 8 person cutlery set for exactly that reason.
    • AnnieP6
    • By AnnieP6 6th Jul 18, 6:16 PM
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    Thanks so much for all your replies. Fortunately, we have plenty of crockery/cutlery - although to downsize a lot will have to go! It seems that the dishwasher wins on the economic front, which was at the heart of our discussion.

    I just need to consult the de-clutter forum now on advice to get rid of 50+ years of accumulated and inherited stuff! 4-storey house into 2-bed apartment. Eek!!!
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    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 6th Jul 18, 6:21 PM
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    Just the two us here too.

    When our dishwasher gave up the ghost we bought a replacement the next day.
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 6th Jul 18, 6:25 PM
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    There's only 2 of us but luckily our dishwasher (AEG I think) has a 30 minute quick wash that is marvellous; it cleans even stubborn stains off oven dishes and pans and is the one we mostly use. As it's so quick (other programmes can run for 90+ mins) we use it more regularly.
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    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 6th Jul 18, 6:31 PM
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    Always a dishwasher, my own has just bought a house and has out the washing machine in the garage so he has room for a disahwasher in the kitchen! Seems like a good plan to me.
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 6th Jul 18, 7:42 PM
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    I'm single and I wouldn't be without my dishwasher. Economical, it cleans much more thoroughly (in my view) than hand washing and as above, it's somewhere to put the dirty dishes. I can easily fill mine within a couple of days especially if I've been baking, and I put all sorts of things through it - cat bowls, the cooker filters, soap dishes, flower vases, anything that will stand up to the temperature.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 6th Jul 18, 10:24 PM
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    I really regret not having a dishwasher put it when we had our kitchen re-furbed. My old one had died a year before and I thought during that 12 months I hadn't missed it, so didn't bother. What a mistake - I'd failed to take into account my kids were becoming teens Anything can change your current situation - I'd go for the DW.
    • JIL
    • By JIL 7th Jul 18, 1:34 AM
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    Absolutely love my dishwasher, it's like a cupboard where you put your dirty plates, press a button and they come out clean.

    Did you know households with big posh kitchens now have two dishwashers. This means whilst one is in use, the other can hide away the next lot of dirty crockery? It is a common theme adopted by kitchen planners.
    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 7th Jul 18, 7:59 AM
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    Dishwasher all the way. I would hate to be without mine, and there's only two of us.

    If any of the family come round for a meal. which they are today, we're not fighting our way out of piles of dirty dishes.

    It makes life so much easier.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 7th Jul 18, 8:18 AM
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    Dishwasher.

    With hand washing your are using a bowl/sink of water three times a day, plus extra water to rinse the dishes.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 7th Jul 18, 9:20 AM
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    Whereas I have three teens, one of whom likes to try to cook (very messily) and the other two who can use the minimum pans to fill the maximum stomach space.

    No water meter & a clear sense that the young should be taught that with cooking (or being fed) comes responsibilities, like washing up.

    In years to come they may be housed with a dishwasher & one godparent has patiently taught them how to load it correctly, so they know the basics, but I prefer to keep them on hands-on terms with brillo, stardrops & the teatowels...
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