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Which is better: dishwasher or washing dishes by hand?

By Wendy Ruopp, April 18, 2012 - 11:30am

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Wendy asks: Do you primarily wash your dishes by hand or use a dishwasher?


hand wash. i have a dishwasher, but i dont like the results.


04/25/2012 - 9:35am

I wash mine by hand, always have always will. What;s a little exercise and time any way? Get family to gelp with them- family time and communications time.


04/25/2012 - 1:00am

I always find this to be a false comparison for several reasons:
1) How are these test people washing their dishes? 27 Gallons of water? Crazy! I use a device I call a plug to keep the water in the sink the whole time; magical device maybe 10 gallons if I get fussy and change the water half way through.
2)When you live in an area with water everywhere water is less environmentally damaging then the electricity to run the washer which is usually generated by burning coal. If you live in a desert, again it's called a plug it fits in the round hole in the sink.
3)Hot water can be heated using gas which is much more efficient then using electricity to rewarm the water in the dishwasher over and over again.
4) the soaps for the dishwasher are much worse environmentally then regular dish soap. Rinse agents are even worse then the soaps.

Enough for one day


04/21/2012 - 1:25pm

We hand wash all of ours, primarily due to the VERY hard water in our area.


04/19/2012 - 10:32pm

By hand. Had a dish washer years ago for a short time and didn't like it.


04/19/2012 - 9:47am

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