re: just run full loads
Sorry for your loss.
I know it might take some time to get to a full load, but check and
see if your unit has a "rinse now - wash later" feature. We use ours
on occasion when there won't be a full load for a while, but we don't
want what we have to dry out/smell. It just uses a little water to
rinse them until we're ready to do a full load.
As far as other uses for dishwashers, get a couple of these and put
your DW to work even when you don't have any dirty dishes.
on 9/3/2009 11:05 PM (ET) Charlie wrote the following:
Sorry about your wife.
Even though you are only using a few dishes and washing them by hand,
the unused ones in the cabinet can become dusty over time.
The dishwasher can be used for other than dishes. I once heard that it
is good for washing baseball caps, if you are a collector, or have a
bunch of them.
There are a lot of other things that need a good cleaning once in a
while and can't be put in a clothes washer because of possible damage
to, or from, the washer.
Sorry for your loss Charlie.
Long ago my Mom stopped using the dishwasher to save money. When she
went to use it again it had a leak. It was explained to me that there
should always be some water in the bottom so the seal/seals don't dry out.
More recently I found myself alone and washed the dishes by hand and
used the dishwasher as a rack for the dishes to dry. Now and then I'd
do a little rinse cycle. It was still working when I sold the house.
I'd say it should probably be run once a month or more to keep seals
from drying out, etc. I'm single and love the dishwasher. It
really doesn't matter the family size, you just keep putting stuff in
unitl you have enough to run it or you run out a particular iten, eg
I don't even do the rinse and hold cycle. I just place them in there
and run it about 2X a week and the items come out clean 98% of the
He's right but why bother. I can wash my dishes by hand easier than I
can load the dishwasher. When ours broke we just didnt get another.
The place it was located is great storage for a slide out trashcan
re: "I can wash my dishes by hand easier than I can load the
Really? I like to hear your process.
1 - Open door
2 - Insert dishes
3 - Add soap
4 - Close soap door
5 - Push button
And that's for a sink full of dishes from a 4 person dinner.
That is true for a fried egg or hot dog and beans, but when you have four
mixing bowls, utensils, pots, etc, put the stuff for couple of meals
together and push the button.
It is well documented that you use less water in a full machine than doing
the equivalent by hand. With two of us, the machine is full and runs
usually every other day, sometimes more.
As the OP I appreciate all of the responses and maybe we all learned a
from the post.
I still find it easier for me to do the few by hand but may find other uses
suggested. At 86 I'm still active enough to not be in a nursing home but
it may not be for long and I shouldn't be worried about a dishwasher.
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