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post #21 of 53
Yes, have to between babysitting 3 days a week, my brother staying with us, it's a must.
post #22 of 53
we run ours on average every 2 days - and I always put it on at night before I go to bed, so that there are no dirty dishes waiting for me on the side when we get up in the morning. I find it so much more pleasant to start out that way in the morning - it's waaaay too depressing to start out with a messy kitchen
post #23 of 53
Not only daily, but several times/day. I look at it as a timesaver...I can load it in about 3 minutes and move on to some other task. I'm home w/3 kids and we don't use paper. There's always tons of cups to wash, even though I try and get them to reuse the same cups, it only works so well. Plus I cook from scratch alot so I use alot of dishes myself.
post #24 of 53
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Originally Posted by miss_sonja
I run it when it's so full that another meal's dishes & pans won't fit. Sometimes that means it gets run only semi-full, but it works to keep the dishes moving.
Same here
post #25 of 53
Only when it's full. Sometimes that means every day, sometimes we only run it a couple times/week. During the summer, the kids eat lunch outside a lot and don't use plates. So we can go longer without running the dishwasher.

I'm another person who thinks it's wasteful to run a half-full dishwasher.
post #26 of 53
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Originally Posted by Zach'smom
I always wait until our dishwasher is full to run it. I don't want to waste a full loads worth of water and energy to wash half a dishwasher load of dishes. I usually run our dishwasher every 2 days in the evening. Then I unload it in the morning. It works great for us!
This is pretty much what I do too. : I run ours 2-3x a week, late at night while we're sleeping.
post #27 of 53

I'm a wacko

I cannot sleep unless my kitchen is completely clean, which to me, means dishwasher empty, so yeah, I run mine every night after dinner so that I can empty it before I go to bed at 9.
post #28 of 53
We don't have a dishwasher, but we do do the dishes every night, and put away the clean, dry dishes every morning. It's too depressing otherwise.
post #29 of 53
We run it every night! Makes life soooo very much better to walk into a clean kitchen first thing in the morning to make coffee. I can unload it while I wait for the coffee to brew then baske in the "order" until my kiddo's come running in for breakfast. ahhhh!
post #30 of 53
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Originally Posted by Trishy
I have a portable dishwasher and I need to hook it up to the sink. The boys like to roll it around though, which is not good. I fill mine in the morning and run it if it needs to be run during J's nap or after he goes to bed. I don't have to run it every day, more like every other day.
I have a portable dishwasher, too. I'm happy to have it, but it's such a pain to have to roll it over because then I don't have access to the sink.
I know that sounds silly..

Anyway.. we also run ours almost every day, if I'm lucky it's every other day. I like to run it during the afternoon during naptime.
post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by annethcz
Only when it's full. Sometimes that means every day, sometimes we only run it a couple times/week. During the summer, the kids eat lunch outside a lot and don't use plates. So we can go longer without running the dishwasher.

I'm another person who thinks it's wasteful to run a half-full dishwasher.
Maybe it's my interpretation of posts, but I am not really seeing anybody denying that it is somewhat wasteful to run a partially-filled dishwasher. That's common sense, isn't it?

Am I the only one who wants to vomit at the smell of the DW at +36 hours? Or who has had ants invade the dishwasher and spread to the rest of the kitchen after trying to not waste energy by running a partially filled dishwasher? Ick.

For me it's a question as well of staying on a routine; I want a clean sink in the morning, so it's either load and run the DW at night and put the dishes away in the morning, or wash the dishes by hand and put them away. I used to look at the energy costs more closely and neglect my emotional investment; now I just take both of them into consideration. Sometimes doing dishes by hand at night is very soothing, and sometimes I want the dishwasher to do the work.
post #32 of 53
I only run ours when it is full or nearly full and we are running out of spoons or sippy cups or something. Usualy 3 times a week.

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Am I the only one who wants to vomit at the smell of the DW at +36 hours?
Mine dosn't smell. Do you scrape your plates and rinse milk cups?
post #33 of 53
We clean our plates off pretty well before running the dishwasher, so the smell doesn't bother us. These days, we fill it up every 24 hours. Sometimes more often. I try to run it every night, and it is almost always at capacity. We live in the humid Midwest, so this summer I have started running it when we go to bed at night, and turning off the 'heated dry.' It seems to dry just as well by the time we wake up. The heated dry, in addition to the wash cycle, was really pumping a lot of heat and humidity into the kitchen. I think - perhaps wrongly - that we are saving energy by not heating up the house in the middle of the day, even if the washer is only 75% full.
post #34 of 53
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Originally Posted by joandsarah77
Mine dosn't smell. Do you scrape your plates and rinse milk cups?
Yep, sure do. I've never quite figured it out, but it's seriously stomach-turningly awful. Could be the humidity; like HydeParkB, we run ours at night and I've never used the heated dry. Usually I open it up a crack in the morning and let it air dry a bit before putting the dishes up.
post #35 of 53
I wash about 2 loads of full dishes a day, i don't turn it on every night before we got to bed, usally it's not full it was full 1/2 threw me making dinner and i start it then, empty it after dinner then it's about 1/2 full and they cyle starts over with AM dishes then i start it and then lunch and 1/2 of the dinner dishes...
post #36 of 53
I run it when I don't expect I'd be able to put all the dishes from another meal in there. It works out to about a day and a half. As much as I like the dishwasher full of clean dishes in the morning, I won't run it unless it is at least full to that point.
post #37 of 53
Funny, that it's such a small thing... but it's directly related to my sanity level! Ours gets set to run at night while we are sleeping; but it's almost always full by then anyway. If my DH gets involved and changes the schedule, it just really throws off my morning.
post #38 of 53
We run it when it's full--once a week, usually. We wash the boys' bottles and all pots, pans and other unwieldy pieces by hand.
post #39 of 53
Ours gets starts when it's full. It just happens to be every 24-36 hours. So if I didn't run it at night it will run after the breakfast or lunch dishes the next day.
post #40 of 53
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Originally Posted by miss_sonja
I run it when it's so full that another meal's dishes & pans won't fit. Sometimes that means it gets run only semi-full, but it works to keep the dishes moving.
That's what we do. We end up running it almost every night; occasionally there will be enough room left for breakfast dishes to fit in and I'll wait to run it in the morning.
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