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Thread: Dishwasher broke... is this a bad thing or a good thing?

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    It was the last straw, and a total mutiny on the part of the dishwasher. It knew we were getting suspicious of the many times it failed to do what we considered an adequate job of cleaning our dirty dishes... so it got even. It started to let the water in... and never stopped. Luckily the water just ran across the kitchen floor and down the steps to the cellar, where there's a drain just a few feet away.

    We had to turn off the water to the whole house, just to get it to stop gushing. The shut-off valve was underneath the dishwasher, so we had to pull it out to gain access to that.

    But this was an unforgiveable act of treason.

    So Dishwasher has been hauled out of the house.

    And now I'm wondering...

    Is it actually a GOOD thing that we are without a dishwasher? On the (very) plus side of things... now, as soon as dinner is over, the kids will have to get right on the dishwashing... instead of saying "I'll load the dishwasher later" (which usually meant SO late that they went to bed before the dishes were ready to unload). So we can work on reducing procrastination.

    Those of you who have had a dishwasher break, did any good come out of it? Did you eventually decide to replace it? Or just do without?

    DD has already said that now, if she only dirties a few dishes for lunch, she's going to just wash them out right away. Which is already better than just piling them all up in the sink for someone else to do!

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    oh gosh, when living in an upstairs apartment , mine started filling and kept on filling. i went to bed and the neighbor below me came up very upset at the water coming into his kitchen.
    I could do without a dish washer myself. my hubby likes having one. so either way.

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    we have one.. but with just the two of us now.. we rarely use it.. ( I store tupperware , a can of crisco , etc in it...it simply scares the cats to bad (it's an older model))
    We dont dirty the entire kitchen when we cook, so most of the dishes are done by the time we sit down to dinner.

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    Before my grandkids moved, I always told people I had 3 dishwashers!

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    I like to clean and wash as I cook. Then I wash the pans before I serve. So when we are finished eating, it is just easier to go ahead and wash them by hand and be done. I ALWAYS despised having to unload the dishwasher. I hate to have dishes on my cabinet or in the sink so as soon as something appears there, it gets washed. Now I see that I really would not need a dishwasher. I have used ours once in over a year.

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    Just me and my husband, no need for one.

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    If the dish washer broke down here It would be utterly horrid it would mean I'm in the hospital :lol: I had one in a house we rented I never seen the sense in it and it became a place to hide dirty dishes if unexpected company appeared

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    I only use ours a few times a week. So I could live without one.

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    The one appliance I could live without! Of course, it is only my DH and I. Try to use it one day a week to keep it lubricated and not let it start to dry out. If I don't use it for several days, it will leak a little water across the kitchen floor. As far as saving on water, ours runs forever on a light wash load and it is very noisy. I'm happy to wash dishes by hand.

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    Had one and now by choice don't. Much better without....as time goes on you will reap all types of reasons as to why there is not a replacement for the one that broke. congrats.

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    Cook everyday and dirty up many items and I need my dishwasher to sanitize the plates after the dogs prewash them. Gross huh?

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    Ours quit a couple of years ago. I didn't want to replace it. Since it's just hubby and I we really don't need it. However, I don't like dirty dishes sitting on the counter or in the sink so I purchased a large plastic bin and set it inside the dishwasher. I rinse and put the dirty dishes in there until I get ready to wash them.

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    When ours broke I didn't replace it. Mostly it's just the two of us and when we have more everyone helps.
    I don't know about the others but I've had many over the years and didn't feel that any of them cleaned as well as hand-washed. Maybe it's just the ones I had but not that wild about them.

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    Ours died 2 years ago, we have really hard water and get quite the lime build up in there. We had it replaced within the week. There are 5 of us in the house, so lots of dishes. We now use Lemi-Shine in every load and this one looks brand new, even after two years.

    All dishes get rinsed and loaded immediately after any meal. So there is no build up in the sink or on the counter. The kids are really good at it now at 11, 13 and 15. I have a full load every evening. Would not want to live without it. :)

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    Some of my best memories are of Mom and I washing dishes. If we wanted to talk, that was the time to do it, because everyone else beat feet to get away from the kitchen! Made for great private time! :lol: She'd wash, I'd dry...and we'd chat about anything and everything...

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    Ours complained for years and finally we just quit using it and haven't replaced it. I don't have one here at Dad's so I am used to washing dishes again.....lol!

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    Don't have one. Well I do - DH like to do the dishes.
    We do have the space and plumbing for a future homeowner to install one. Right now that area is where I keep my recycling & garbage so they're out of the way.

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    If I didn't have a dishwasher I'd really be washing dishes constantly. My daughter hates hand washing and even hates it when I do because for some reason she thinks it's harder to put dishes away from the sink than the dishwasher. don't ask me to understand her reasoning; I gave up on that. Mine is 10 yrs old and when it goes out I'm getting the one w/2 drawers. This way if I have a load of glasses or whatever to do but not enough to fill the dishwasher I can just run it for the one drawer plus you can keep the dirtiest dishes separated from the glasses

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    I think I'd go crazy without one! it was a requirement for me & my husband. In my old house the dishwasher was installed before my stuff moved in! there was no way I was going without one.

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    With 4 kids, I could not go without one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Some of my best memories are of Mom and I washing dishes. If we wanted to talk, that was the time to do it, because everyone else beat feet to get away from the kitchen! Made for great private time! :lol: She'd wash, I'd dry...and we'd chat about anything and everything...
    A lot of good conversations over the dishes...especially important today when kids are likely to run off to their laptop or cell phone as soon as dinner is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Before my grandkids moved, I always told people I had 3 dishwashers!
    growing up that's kinda what my Dad would say when asked why he didn't get Mom a dishwasher...he said he did she had 4 of them - LOL

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    i would miss it.... didn't have one for a while, dh bought it before our son was born in 2006, helped with bottles and such....
    if it broke i would replace it..

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    When we bought our first house, they had just installed a new dishwasher, and in 16 years, we used it 3 times, maybe. In my opinion, they're a total waste of money.

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    I have always replaced broken ones or installed one when with out, and also told DH that when he renovated the kitchen before we were married to include one. Cuts down on transfer of germs as most people do not use a three sink method to properly wash dishes and leaves more time for family and sewing!

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