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Old 12-06-2023, 04:43 PM
 
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This fixation with washing everything after a single use, especially if you live alone...
Living alone doesn't mean people do live alone don't get sick. There are many times when I was coming down with something but it was to early to go to the Doctor. Darn right I washed the utensils after one use. I had cats for 16 years I washed everything after one use even the cat dishes. Their water bowls never got just rinsed then put in clean water heck no I made sure I put them in the dishwasher too.

But they are gone now and I miss them. I still make sure I put what can go into the dishwasher but the sponge I wasn't so sure about when I keep seeing articles pop up now and then about the ever important kitchen sponge journalists write about.

I learned the hard way wash acrylic drinking glasses by hand. I always look for dishwasher safe now. I also never ever keep the sponge until it smells rotten.

Thank you everyone and from now do like Parnassia put that hot water on it and squish it against itself to clean. After a week or two I make sure I replace it just in case.
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Old 12-06-2023, 08:22 PM
 
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You mean... You went to other people's homes and sniffed their kitchen sponges?
More than 50 years ago I was babysitting and went to the kitchen to see if there were any dishes to wash. OMG, I still remember the smell of that woman's sponge. I never got near it.
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Old 12-07-2023, 08:09 AM
 
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I prefer to wash dishes by hand; the sponge is replaced every month or so; the old sponges then follow a routine: bathroom/shower, then to the car cleaning or in the shed for wiping down things or since I paint, I paint abstracts and use them in painting. For more on the latter google: Abstract Painting Sponge Technique
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Old 12-07-2023, 11:53 AM
 
Location: equator
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This has always confused me since the dishwasher takes like an HOUR to run through a cycle and I can do a kitchen full of dishes in less that 20 mins. ?? BTW my dishwasher doesn't work.

I do my dishes the NY way. I run the water the entire time, albeit slowly. Utensils, glasses, dishes, then pots. That's how my father taught me.
That's the NY way? Lol. I've done it that way my whole life and I'm from the Left coast. Haven't used a dishwasher for decades. I did use the old one to stack and air-dry the dishes but it failed early on due to hard water.

We have the lowest water usage in our whole condo complex, so we are doing "something" right, lol.

I don't mind doing dishes by hand but the water is hard on my old nails so the derm doc said wear gloves. DH just took over the job instead----
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Old 12-07-2023, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Having grown up in and retired back to a semi-arid climate that is currently in an historic drought, this whole notion of just letting the water run pushes my water-saving buttons big time...

We have a dishwasher and it gets used when it's completely full. But sometimes I just prefer to hand wash. I do not put plastic storage containers in my dishwasher at all; as they take up too much space and always collect water to drip over the lower rack's dishes.

Do I fill the sink with water? No. I wet a microfiber wash rag (no sponge), add soap, then wash each individual piece. Then it's rinsed and set aside to air dry, unless we need to hand dry for some reason.

Water conservation is the key around here, so we do watch how much water we use very carefully. Sometimes the dishwasher is the better bet, sometimes hand washing is.
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Old 12-07-2023, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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Sheesh.

Use a double sink if you've got one, otherwise a dishpan and your sink.

Fill one side with hot soapy water. Fill the other side with hot plain water.

Wash in the soapy water. Rinse by dunking in the hot rinse water. If soap builds up enough in the rinse water that it's a problem (it won't) then run a new sink of rinse water.

Where did you people learn how to wash dishes? Run water constantly for rinsing? Really? I mean, yeah, OK, if youv'e got two plates and a couple forks, but for a big load of dishes? Talk about just pouring money right.down.the.drain!

That's the way my grandmother washed dishes, that's the way my mother washed dishes, that's the way all my aunts washed dishes, when I worked in restaurants that's the way we washed dishes in every restaurant I ever worked in.
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Old 12-07-2023, 05:22 PM
 
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Living alone doesn't mean people do live alone don't get sick.

I don't understand why you quoted me. Maybe someone else disagreed with this point?
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Old 12-07-2023, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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This has always confused me since the dishwasher takes like an HOUR to run through a cycle and I can do a kitchen full of dishes in less that 20 mins. ?? BTW my dishwasher doesn't work.

I do my dishes the NY way. I run the water the entire time, albeit slowly. Utensils, glasses, dishes, then pots. That's how my father taught me.
An hour? Most take 2+ hrs for full cycle and yes, it would annoy me too.
Good news is that most new models come with shorter cycles (like washers) and offer express cycle that takes about 20 minutes. That's for light soiled pans and pots, more like a rinse and it's more bearable.
Yeah, dishwashers should have several options where you should decide how long it should take to wash your dishes, especially if you have just few plates and glasses and presoaked pot or two to wash...
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Old 12-08-2023, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Right behind you
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I always let the sponge air dry after hand wringing out as much moisture as possible. The sponge will dry completely and if I go a over a day without using it it will actually start to shrivel up a bit as well.

I have had roommates that literally put the sponge back sopping wet, not just wet, but where it's actually heavy from so much moisture. How gross. I started to use my own sponge for my own dishes. That is truly just a breeding ground for bacteria.

You're cell phone has more bacteria on it than a standard air dried sponge.
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Old 12-08-2023, 04:22 PM
 
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An hour? Most take 2+ hrs for full cycle and yes, it would annoy me too.
Good news is that most new models come with shorter cycles (like washers) and offer express cycle that takes about 20 minutes. That's for light soiled pans and pots, more like a rinse and it's more bearable.
Yeah, dishwashers should have several options where you should decide how long it should take to wash your dishes, especially if you have just few plates and glasses and presoaked pot or two to wash...
A dino may take two hours. Full load including crystal and pots runs 30 minutes and everything is clean. I cannot hand wash for the amount of water it uses. Open floor plan and a lot quieter than me.
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