I Wash Dishes By Hand

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    When You Live Alone No Reason Not To

    I live alone, so one meal doesn't really add up to much.  I am not a big fan of dirty dishes in a sink or dishwasher and it seems like such a waste to run it for just a few dishes.  So after dinner I will spend the few minutes cleaning up, but I will have to admit I let...
    loopnscc loopnscc
    46-50, M
    7 Responses Dec 3, 2009

    I Wash Dishes By Hand

    It's somehow simpler than using the dishwasher. And it saves electricity and can use less water and gives a little exercise, compared to using a dishwasher.  I just have always been okay with and done washing dishes by hand.  I have lived in places with a built-in dishwasher...
    MDenise MDenise
    31-35, F
    Apr 4, 2013

    Re-post from my old account

    that I can't access anymore: Manual Dishwasher I usually wash dishes by hand. I don't mind it so much except when it keeps me from what is going on. The act of doing it can be enjoyable sometimes, a kind of zen thing. My Mom and I share the job, for breakfast or lunch it is...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 13, 2014

    Not Entirely Sure Why, But I'm Glad

    This house has a dishwasher.  I was the first to move in, and for reasons of my own, I prefer to hand-wash dishes.To my delight, my two roommates kept on washing dishes by hand.I was thrilled.  So now all three of us wash dishes by hand; I don't think anyone even gave the...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    Aug 27, 2011

    I have to do this almost everyday.

    ..... ... i cant only blame my mom but she do a lot of food durin days and always let everything on the tables.... -_-'
    deleted deleted
    Feb 22

    It is almost a therapeutic act.

    So relaxing to have my hands up to my wrists in the soapy warm water. I love to smell the lemony water and to scrub away the memories of meals to reveal a shiny clean plate,bowl etc Makes me smile
    deleted deleted
    Oct 6, 2014

    Oh my goodness, that

    for me is like the best way to meditate! Why do I say that? Because meditation comes in all of forms of doing something that relaxes the mind!
    kamachulu kamachulu
    22-25, M
    Aug 13, 2014

    I Wash Dishes By Hand

    I like old style ways of doing things and washing dishes is no exception. I use soap, water, and a sponge to wash dishes.
    gullibleboy gullibleboy
    18-21, M
    Oct 13, 2010

    Mom Won't Allow Me To Use Dishwasher

    I could care less. I've always known of dishwashers as drying racks, not as dish washers.
    lalakerochan lalakerochan
    Dec 6, 2011


    but sometimes I just put them on the floor and let the dog lick them. Then I come back and put them away. Well, dog's saliva is antiseptic, isn't it? =) Haha. Only kidding. Of course I wash them! =P ~Hobo
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    5 Responses Nov 10, 2010

    For 10 Months

    For 10 glorious months I had a dishwasher :(. But I'm 34 and all except that short time I wash them by hand.
    Fireflower352 Fireflower352
    36-40, F
    Oct 3, 2013

    I Will Never Buy A Dishwasher.

    I sometimes actually enjoy washing the dishes. Especially when I am stressed out. It takes my mind off things. Not to mention more environmentally friendly. And when you live in cold England, it keeps you hands warm. What I don't like is dipping my hands in a basin full of bits...
    bubblegum84 bubblegum84
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 27, 2010

    No other way for me to do it,

    I don't have a dishwasher, but I find it relaxing...the opposite of ironing.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2014

    Keeps me sane.... Lol it's just about the only

    time everyone leaves me alone!
    AuntieShani AuntieShani
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jul 27, 2014

    Not Just Dishes

    I wash my clothes  by hand too.
    Tibicina Tibicina
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Dec 4, 2009

    Tiny Kitchen

    I have a tiny kitchen and almost no counter space. I use one side of the sink for clean and one side for dirty. I try to do my dishes each day, but my back always hurts from standing at the sink for very long. I wish I had room for a portable dishwasher. You actually use more...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger
    51-55, M
    Apr 30, 2011

    I AM The Dishwasher

    I live in a country where dishwashers are rare (as they take up roughly half of the allotted kitchen space, so are redundant), but dish dryers are common (because of the high humidity). To be honest, I hate washing dishes, but it's certainly not the worst chore in the world. I...
    guavachick guavachick
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 27, 2013


    One of the adorable qualities of my wife is that she is deliciously naive. When she started talking about a kitchen robot, we fantasized about it would cook, sweep the floor, do the beds and the laundry and of course, why not?, wash the dishes. When we got one, it did none of...
    moreandless moreandless
    56-60, M
    5 Responses Jun 29, 2010

    Dish Washers Smell.

    Having spent most of my working life, working, I've spent a good proportion of these years mending things. I have fixed, fettled or flung away, numerous dishwashers, and never ever found one that didnt smell. Net result, is that whilst I can easily afford one, I dont have one...
    Cherpee Cherpee
    51-55, M
    Mar 31, 2011

    I Always Have - Dishwasher Or Not

    If and when I cook, I wash the dishes as I go. I usually end up with paper plates and disposable silverware because there is only one of me. There is no dishwasher in this apartment. However, the second floor has one installed and the rent upstairs is substantially higher ($900.0...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Jul 16, 2013

    Dvd Lord Lately Has Washed Dished By Hand!

    Hello this is DVD LORD(SKUNK) and I'll have to say it isn't that bad you see we have a dishwasher which broke down three weeks ago and the company we have a policy with was booked and shouldn't be here for about another week I will say one thing even though it is a pain in the...
    41-45, M
    Oct 24, 2011

    By Hand

    I have always washed dishes by hand. Honesly I think a dish washer just doesn't do a great job. Typically you find bits of food still left on the dishes. I can't stand finding the dirty dishes in the cabinet. I know some people are ok with a tiny piece or something maybe even on...
    forgottenxxmemories forgottenxxmemories
    22-25, F
    Dec 20, 2011

    I always do it by hand.

    Its sort of my job at home. Sometimes my mom will do it if I am busy with something else or help with the drying or something. I have to do it by hand because we have no dishwasher. No, that isn't true. I am the dishwasher.
    morganmuffin morganmuffin
    16-17, F
    6 Responses Jul 2, 2015

    because i have no other choice.

    we do not have a dishwasher. lol all we have here is our hands :D.
    violet1698 violet1698
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 12, 2014

    It's mediation after I have cooked.

    Push it helps keep me regular well that's what they say lol
    deleted deleted
    Oct 3, 2015

    Limoges In The Dishwasher, I Think Not...

    I wash my dishes by hand wearing gloves. I collect bone china cup and saucer sets for tea. My daily wear dishes are all china. Food just tastes better from a sterling fork. I save the stainless flatwear for guests. 
    warmwhisper warmwhisper
    46-50, F
    Jun 25, 2010

    Never Even Crossed My Mind

     I just moved into my new apartment which has a new dishwasher and I highly doubt I'll use it.
    Strtariot Strtariot
    22-25, M
    Dec 25, 2009

    Alays Have

    I don't really like using a machine when I can do it myself without too much effort. Call me old fashioned, I don't care.I think we should all wash dishes by hand, we are so spoilt these days.
    liquidamber liquidamber
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Jan 18, 2010

    Call me old fashion,

    but I prefer to see a dish clean instead of trust some machine.
    courtneybam courtneybam
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 25, 2014

    Not By Choice

    I'd rather have a dishwasher, but hey, doing it by hand is better than having dirty dishes. :) I don't mind doing the dishes, it just takes time and is rough on my skin... plus my boyfriend has a habit of walking up behind me and grabbing me while I'm washing knives. I'm worried...
    booradley booradley
    1 Response Dec 24, 2009

    Red Hands

    I wash mine by hand sometimes twice a day, I was taught that if your hands didn't turn red the dishes were not clean.
    deleted deleted
    Mar 16, 2012

    It Gets Them Cleaner

    Not only does it get them cleaner than a dishwasher does (in my opinion), but it's kind of a relaxing ritual for me. I have a window above my sink, so I just look out the window, daydream, and enjoy the feeling of warm water on my hands as I wash.  
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 3, 2009

    Just The Two Of Us

    While I am reluctant at times doing the dishes by hand is very theraputic.  I am not sure why I just feel better afterwards, like I accomplished something.  You listen to the radio/internet and just dig in.  There is just two of us at home so there are not alot of...
    allofus allofus
    46-50, M
    5 Responses Dec 10, 2009


    Living in a student residence it's not exactly as if there were any other options available. I don't mind it as much as I used to, especially because I got used to washing my dishes this way living in Costa Rica for a year before entering college. It's just so funny how people...
    finaldeadline finaldeadline
    18-21, F
    Apr 13, 2012

    I always use my hands to wash the

    dishes Nothing fancy
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    May 27, 2015

    Don't Want A Dish Washer Thanks

    I wash the dishes every night with my Husband. I really don't see the point of a dish washer, by the time you have stacked it, waited for it's cycle to complete, unloaded it and put the dishes away, you haven't saved any time anyway! Actually I like doing the pots with my Hubby...
    RobertaSunset RobertaSunset
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Mar 19, 2011

    It Makes Me Feel Good...

    First, soak the dishes, the just wash away, letting your mind be calm and wander where it may. I generally use detergent, water, and a sponge to wash up (do the dishes). I don't know why, but I also love the feeling of cold water, whilst I'm wearing my rubber gloves =P If you...
    astrogildo astrogildo
    18-21, M
    Dec 14, 2010

    By Hand

    I have a dishwasher and it is over 1 year I haven't put it to use.  The reason I don't use it its because before the dishwasher gets filled it takes for ever + I like washing by hand cause it doesn't take long to do + love the feeling of warm water on my hands.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Apr 18, 2010

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