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How often do you run the dishwasher?

  • poll: How often do you run the dishwasher, on average?
    Multiple times a day : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Once a day : (55 votes)
    63 %
    Twice a week : (25 votes)
    28 %
    Once a week : (6 votes)
    7 %
  1. jape14

    pear / 1535 posts

    @SweetiePie: 😂😂 I can’t explain it!!

  2. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7088 posts

    @jape14: Don’t tell me you like putting away laundry too....

  3. ALV91711

    grapefruit / 4799 posts

    We are a family of three and we probably run ours three times a week. I wait until it is full. I handwash pots and plastics. We are really only home for dinner though since we both work and DS is in daycare.

  4. jape14

    pear / 1535 posts

    @SweetiePie: guilty! 🙈🙈

  5. Mrsbells

    pineapple / 12813 posts

    @Sams Mom: i am in in Texas and you can choose a plan for electricity, kind of like a cellphone plan. So we chose the free nights plan since we arent home much during the day

  6. Sams Mom

    GOLD / nectarine / 2517 posts

    @Mrsbells: that's awesome! That would be a huge part of our electric bill, except our son is home during the day with a nanny after he got fired from daycare 🙈

  7. josina

    pomegranate / 3200 posts

    @Sams Mom: We're in Iowa, and have high-peak and low-peak rates, so after 9 at night its cheaper than running electricity during the day. I forget the exact hours but DH is a stickler!

  8. Sams Mom

    GOLD / nectarine / 2517 posts

    @josina: I'd be all over that. Our new house isn't nearly as bad as the old house on energy use, but I'd take the break if we had that in Missouri.

  9. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7088 posts

    @jape14: I can’t even look at you right now.

  10. LemonJack

    kiwi / 637 posts

    We average once per day. We cook almost every night. Occasionally I run it twice in a day, but that’s only when I’ve done a LOT of cooking/baking in one day.

  11. tysonja

    nectarine / 2184 posts

    we run it at least once a day. there are 5 (sometimes six) of us and we eat all our weekday meals at home, and often have playdates and people over for dinner. we also use a lot of glass and plastic tupperware type containers for lunch/freezer/fridge to cut down on one use plastics. sometimes i'll run it twice a day if we need to, so i can understand why OP's friend might too. they might also just have a smallish dishwasher?

  12. Mrsbells

    pineapple / 12813 posts

    @Sams Mom: uh-oh what happened, how did he get fired from daycare?

  13. Sams Mom

    GOLD / nectarine / 2517 posts

    @Mrsbells: he was 9 months old and "needed more one on one time than she could give him" with 2 other babies one was a month older, one was a month younger; and she had probably 4 older kids (2-4 yo). I don't know if that was really it, I really liked her, but the queen mom didn't like me much and a friend of hers kid took my son's place the next week. But it turned out for the best, a former co-workers wife's last nanny job started kindergarten a few months previous and she was in between jobs. She charges the same as the daycare ($150 a week), does his laundry, and comes to my house everyday, and he loves her!

  14. AB810

    apricot / 345 posts

    I run it 1-3 times a day, depending on how much cooking I have done. We are a family of four, I stay at home with the kids, and cook a ton from scratch. My husband also take lunch to work with him in glass tupperware which adds to the dishes.

  15. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9141 posts

    2 adults 1 toddler. Both work out of the house so she’s at daycare for weekday meals. Dishes are basically coffee cups and dinner items. So twice a week is our usual.

  16. Pollywog

    clementine / 854 posts

    Every 4 days (we have 4 sippy cups for my toddler, so that's my breaking point) , but DH handwashes over half of the dishes. This is breakfast and dinner for 2 + toddler. DH insists on hand washing lunch dishes and 95% of the toddler's snacks are served on the cutting board.

  17. pachamama

    pear / 1618 posts

    @Hypatia: 2-3 times a day?!!!! do people really not reuse cups and other lightly used plates and stuff? Sorry, but that sounds SO wasteful. We are a family of 3 and run it max 2xs a week. We reuse as much as possible. My 2 year old uses adult glasses and silverware and I wipe stuff clean a lot. Mylanta.

  18. PawPrints

    pomegranate / 3609 posts

    We put pots and pans in the dishwasher, and sometimes use serving dishes which also go in the dishwasher, and still only run it once a day MAX. I feel like we need a follow up to find out how this is possible!

  19. helloperidot

    cherry / 106 posts

    Family of four, 3yo and 5mo, SAHM, I handwash pots. We run the dishwasher at least once and sometimes twice a day.

    It's bottles and bottle parts. I can't wait until DD2 grows out of bottle because then we'll be back down to every other day on dishes.

  20. JennyPenny

    persimmon / 1431 posts

    I know my ILs are in the habit of running the dishwasher after every meal at home. However, they have 6 kids, a small kitchen, and don’t like to overbuy, so I feel like if they didn’t wash after each meal they wouldn’t have the dishes to prep/eat the next meal. Most of their kids aren’t at home anymore, but I think this is still their habit.

  21. mamabolt

    nectarine / 2726 posts

    Family of 4 and we run it 5-6 times a week. Multiple a day seems crazy!

  22. Mrs. Cookie

    blogger / persimmon / 1179 posts

    Every other day for us!

  23. Hypatia

    apricot / 357 posts

    To follow up, I said friend but it's more accurate to say acquaintance --more like friend of a friend. I felt like I'd be prying or rude to ask how that's possible. I think she said she ran it twice or "sometimes even three times a day," so maybe three times is only reserved for parties and holidays? And maybe she has a really small dishwasher. It also occurred to me that maybe she has one those dishwashers that you can just run a half load in, and maybe she just runs the top rack two or three times. It will remain a mystery unless I run into her again and contrived some reason to bring it up.

  24. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7088 posts

  25. Grace

    cantaloupe / 6590 posts

    @Hypatia: I do once a day and I put the pots and plastic in in too and cook from scratch for dinner. She must be cooking “real” breakfast or lunch. Like eggs and pancakes every morning and soup for lunch, rather than me who eats a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.


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