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If you hand wash dishes come talk to me. We have had a dishwasher since we've had kids. But may very soon be without one again. So I want to pick your brain if you do all your dishes by hand. This may seem silly but this was never an area I was effecient at and now we have kids the number of dishes has multiplied.<br><br>
How long do you spend each day washing dishes?<br>
What type of natural and/or frugal dish soap do you use?<br>
How do you organize your sink/dishwashing area and what's your method? ex. Do you use a in sink dryer/drainer or hand dry and put away etc.
 

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I hand wash dishes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I always wash dishes after dinner. Sometimes I wash after breakfast or lunch, depending on how big of a breakfast or lunch we had.<br>
We usually use seventh gen. dish soap, trader joes or method. Sometimes Dawn or the other big corporations if its free <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> (with a coupon and a really good sale, usually at Walgreens)<br>
We don't use any type of dryer thing. I just wash and lay on a hand towel to dry on my kitchen counter. After all the dishes are washed, I dry them and put them away.<br>
Then I hang the towel up to dry.
 

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It is too funny you replied to this, because "dishwasher detergent" was going to be part of the homemade cleaning supplies in your swap package. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
It won't be now though.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It is too funny you replied to this, because "dishwasher detergent" was going to be part of the homemade cleaning supplies in your swap package. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
It won't be now though.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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My reply was cosmic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I have a dishwasher, but it leaves so much lime/calcium crud stuff on the dishes that I hand wash everything.<br><br>
some things I've done to help prevent a mountain of dishes from forming is...<br><br>
have small dishes. I use corelleware as it stacks nice a tight.<br>
limit everyone to 1 glass/cup a day<br><br><br>
I use 7th gen. I like that they have it in scent free. I only need a teaspoon for a large pile.<br><br>
I let the dishes dry in the dishwasher. I leave the rack pulled out and wipe up the drip water before I push the rack in.
 

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Here here for limiting people to one glass a day! Moving in with DH was an eye opener for me, because I will use a glass often for 2 days in a row as long as it doesn't have milk in it. He grabs a new one for every drink, even if it's water.<br><br>
Limit dishes. Reuse dishes.<br>
Keep your sink clean. I once saw a really good trick of getting a large plastic bin, and storing it under the sink- put all dirty dishes into it until you're ready to start. This keeps the kitchen looking cleaner, and also for crazy people like me, who won't put my hands into a dirty sink- makes dishes a lot easier.<br>
I'm using a towel right now, but a cheap drain tray makes it a bit easier- they dry faster.<br>
I wash dishes in the morning right now, first thing I get up, and then I go shower, so I can get rid of the yucky dish hand feeling.<br><br>
Wish I had suggestions for natural dish soap...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Keep your sink clean. I once saw a really good trick of getting a large plastic bin, and storing it under the sink- put all dirty dishes into it until you're ready to start. This keeps the kitchen looking cleaner, and also for crazy people like me, who won't put my hands into a dirty sink- makes dishes a lot easier.<br>
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This may help with the small space especially. And my avoidance of dishes has a lot to do with the ick factor of sticking my hands in a dirty sink or dirty dish water. I'll probably use gloves still but I like this idea.<br><br>
DH and I have talked about the one glass per day rule too. I do fine refilling a water glass all day but every time I drink something else I get a new glass.
 

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I always wear a good pair of rubber gloves. No "ick" factor and my hands aren't quite so dry (hand wash a TON anyway so washing dishes makes it worse!). All dishes get rinsed before stacking which makes them easier to wash and I use a dish drainer for drying. I use Dawn or Method. Baking soda is great for stuck on stuff and for scrubbing pots and pans. I keep a tub (I take it out of the box and put in a plastic tub with an airtight lid. "Dishwashing use ONLY") under the sink. Salt is also a pretty good abrasive when you need it.<br><br>
Happy washing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dishes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dishes">
 

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i'm handwashing for now. i'm a compulsive stacker. even if i can't (or don't feel like it right then) actually wash it looks so much neater when stacked and ready to wash.<br><br>
i always rinse as soon as i'm done eating. cuts down on scrub time. between my mom and i we usually do 2 loads a day. once in the morning and once in thevening. i can do a full load in say 20 minutes. she's the type to wash 5 dishes and call it quits. and take half an hour to do that. but she's quite good at actually putting the dishes away when dry.<br><br>
we do not hand dry. we use a dish drainner thingie on the counter.<br><br>
hth.<br><br>
oh and we just use palmolive.
 

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Handwasher here! Always have been. I had a dishwasher once in an apartment and hated it. With all the chemicals it required to get those dishes spotless...ICK!<br>
I wash often, but don't always clean evry dish each time. I sometimes just do a few here and there as the day goes on. AT the end of the day, I or DH will do what's left.l<br><br>
I buy 7th Gen 5 at a time through an online shop.<br>
We use a metal drying rack MIL gave me. What doesn't fit sits on an old PF diaper on the counter.<br>
We don't have many dishes, so we use the same few all day.<br>
Glasses are a joke around here...I break them. Now, we have 1 glass, adn several mugs. Jelly jars for the kids. The same one all day.
 

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I hand wash. I use store brand dish soap currently. I use the hottest water I can get. I wear gloves.<br><br>
Get everyone in the habit of using their cup all day and rinsing dishes when they are done. When you finish a non-water drink rinse or wash your cup out.<br><br>
Set a timer. It helps to know I'm only going to be stuck washing dishes for 20 minutes, for example. I can actually wash enough dishes in 20 minutes to completely fill two drying racks. Even a big pile of dishes can be significantly reduced in a short amount of time. If something has stuck on food I either put water in it to soak in advance or I leave it in the water when I'm done with the rest of the dishes and let it soak for next time instead of scraping and scrubbing away.<br><br>
I let dishes air dry on a rack beside the sink or a towel on the counter- depending on size.<br><br>
I prefer to wash dishes while my dogs are eating in the morning. I close us in the kitchen and I turn on the radio. If I washed them more often we wouldn't ever have a pile I know but I detest washing dishes and I think I use less water this way.<br><br>
A final rinsing with vinegar and hot water removes odor and residue well especially on plastic.
 

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i hand wash. we have a single-basin sink, so i wash the dishes in a little dish pan (in the sink). i pile clean dishes in the sink right next to the dish pan, on a silicone mat, and rinse them in a batch to save time and water - the batch is usually all of our glasses, or all of our plates, or all the flatware. the dishes dry in a rack next to the sink, except i dry and put away bigger items like the pot and the colander. if i have time, i like to dry and put everything away, but i usually let it airdry and put it away later. rinsing in extremely hot water will help your dishes dry faster and minimize water spots.<br><br>
ooh, one last yummy tip. i use method scent-free, dye-free dish soap and add a drop or two of a favorite eo (used to be geranium, now it's nutmeg). i keep it in a hand-soap dispenser (and keep the big bottle under the sink) to save space and to use it for both things.
 

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*How long do you spend each day washing dishes?<br>
I was dishes once or twice a day, I dunno- 15 minutes each time?<br><br>
*What type of natural and/or frugal dish soap do you use?<br>
I use Seventh Generation. I needed something that didn't test on animals, that actually worked. The first natural/nontesting dish soap I got didn't really impress me. But the 7th Generation stuff works just as well as the Ivory and Dawn I was using before.<br>
I also think I need to use less of the 7th Gen than I did with the other stuff.<br><br>
*How do you organize your sink/dishwashing area and what's your method? ex. Do you use a in sink dryer/drainer or hand dry and put away etc<br>
I use a drainer in one side of the sink, and usually leave the dishes until they are bone dry (I feel wierd about putting away even sorta wet dishes).<br>
I wash the plates first, then the bowls, then the glasses. After that I do the plastic and other stuff that will stack well on top of the rest. That way, I can fit a lot of dishes in the drainer at one time.<br><br>
oh, and I rinse all the dishes before I put them in the dish water. I could not stand to have my hands in dirty water. I think I'm going to implement the "rinse dishes right after you use them" rule.
 

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I've been handwashing forever -- this is our method --<br><br>
We have a two sink set-up in our apartment so it is two medium-sized sinks instead of one big one -- and my goal is to always keep at least *one* sink clear because it is a pain in the rear to try and get a glass of water/fill a coffee pot etc with dishes in the sink...<br><br>
One thing that has helped tremendously is purging a lot of dishware -- who needs 10 coffee cups? I mean, cmon now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So we have about 5 plates, 5 dessert type small plates, 4 bowls, and about 4 coffee cups... when those are dirty.. someone needs to do some dishes or get creative (like eating out of dd's play kitchen stainless steel pots ... which has happened <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) Oh, we are a family of three just to give an idea. Now flatware... I need to pare that down because I LOATHE washing forks and whatnot.... it is like a mental block or something... so tedious...but I digress.<br><br>
I figured.. how often do I have people over for meals? ... Also, if it came down to it, I am not above recycled paper plates a couple of times a year for big gatherings -- I figure I am way greener than most people so no biggie... I was holding on to all this stuff just in case... I dunno, I decided to have 12 people over spontaneously for a dinner party... or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, we use 7th generation because the scent free/dye free is also good for dd's occasional bubble bath (a tiny bit goes a long way) and it cleans really well for dishes...also for the environmental aspect.<br><br>
We have a dish drainer that stays pretty clean because I spray the heck out of it with vinegar/eo homemade cleaning stuff I make when it is empty -- I don't worry about putting dishes on that unlike with chemical stuff.<br><br>
I have a thingimajobbie that has a scrubber on the end and you fill it with soap so I think you use a lot less soap that way...<br><br>
Also, before a big meal (usually dinner or if I have guests) I fill a sink with hot soapy water to put all the plates in as people are finished... then wash them from that (with water off) then rinse really well with clean water. It helps things not get caked on, and I think it saves some water not keeping it running.<br><br>
Anyway, hope that helps... phone call here...!<br><br>
ETA: To answer your questions -- we use Seventh Generation... I use a dish drainer (we rarely hand dry) and I spend about 15-20 minutes doing dishes most days (spread out over the day).
 

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The biggest thing for me with hand-washing dishes is, wash stuff right after you use it! I get onto DP for this all the time (and got onto my roommate for it before that!). I just don't let dishes pile up, because if they do, it gets really overwhelming - we have a small sink and I like a tidy kitchen. I also actually like doing dishes by hand, which helps...it's a good, meditative activity for me.<br><br>
I think the seventh generation dish soap rinses off a lot easier than the method brand, and it doesn't goop up as much so you don't have to use a lot. A brush scrubber with built-in soap dispenser is good too. I like a long-handled one as it can reach inside cups, etc.<br><br>
Also, I turn off the faucet when I am scrubbing, then turn it on just for the rinse. I try to get all the silverware soapy then rinse it all together. This saves at least a little water.<br><br>
Every evening after I do the supper dishes I spray the sink (around and inside it) with a mix of about 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, and some lemon essential oil. Then I wipe it out with a rag, which keeps the sink from getting icky.
 

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We do have a dishwasher, but the only thing that goes into it is the plastic bowls that my husband brings his lunch to work in. I don't like washing plastic containers, they just never feel clean. But I do the rest of our dishes by hand. So for two adults and a baby:<br><br>
*How long do you spend each day washing dishes?<br>
One time a day 20-30 minutes<br><br>
*What type of natural and/or frugal dish soap do you use?<br>
I'm afraid I just use Dawn for right now<br><br>
*How do you organize your sink/dishwashing area and what's your method?<br>
I have a rack thing in half the sink and I just let the dishes dry (unless I run out of room)
 

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I have to wash dishes after every meal or the kitchen turns into a dishaster. Or sometimes dh does it. Either way, it's okay because it doesn't take long and I can listen to music or look out the window or talk on the phone while doing it. I use 7th Generation dish detergent. I have an over-the-sink dish drainer over one half of the sink. I feel strongly that this gets the dishes dry in the most sanitary way, but I will hand dry and put them away if I run out of space or time.
 

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Our dishwasher broke. We have a small house so I didn't want to use counter space to dry dishes. I bought a little stainless steel dish drain that looks nice and fits in the right side of the sink. We use the left to wash and the right to dry. The good thing about this is that I never get a double sink full of dirty dishes. We probably wash several times a day, but only minutes at a time. I use Method cucumber dish soap and a natural brush.
 

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I am back to handwashing dishes since we've moved.<br>
The key for me (and I realize this isn't quite what you were asking for..) is to keep the number of glasses and dishes you actually own to a minimum- this makes it impossible to get too far behind on dishes. I realized how many we actually had once they were all dirty at the same time after dd was born- eek! Took forever to wash them all! Better to spend just a few minutes after meals to wash them.
 
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