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Dishes get scraped into the trash, stacked to the left, get washed, rinsed, then piled on the towel to drip until all the dishes are washed.

So in my house, dishes get scraped into the trash, and put into the dishwasher. That's a lot less time than stacking, washing, rinsing, and putting on a towel. And I get to actually sit down during the holiday and visit.

And you shouldn't put the fancy china or the plated flatware in the dishwasher, so those have to be washed by hand, too.

In my house, I have one rule - if it fits in the dishwasher, it gets washed in the dishwasher.


I can clean the whole kitchen in the time it takes the dishwasher to just do the dishes "halfway". The dishwasher takes at least 30 minutes just to cycle, and you still have to add in loading, drying, and unloading time, plus putting things back in for another cycle that didn't get cleaned. Lipstick on glasses, for instance, or the disgusting cycle of dishes that came out filthier than when they went in, because "the water softener ran out of pellets".


I use the time that my dishwasher is running to socialize with my guests and actually enjoy the holiday myself. And I do have a dishwasher (Bosch) that I love because it gets the dishes clean in one washing regardless of how dirty they are, and I don't pre-soak, pre-wash, or scrub off burnt-on food. I just put everything in the dishwasher and let it do the work.
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