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When to do the dishes?

David O'Meara
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What is your trigger? Personally it is when I run out of teaspoons.
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When the dishwasher is full. Wonderful invention.


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When you run out of neighbours to drop in during lunch/dinner
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When you run out of neighbours to drop in during lunch/dinner
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When we run out of plates or when we expect a visit from our parents, whichever comes first.
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When no more dirty ones fit in the sink.


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Immediately after the meal.


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When the dishwasher is full, as per Paul Sturrock. In this definition "full" means that the next meal would cause the dishwasher to be overloaded. Snacks do not count as meals. Exceptions are also made for resource asymmetries, such as when all the spoons are used up for some reason.

Except at present when the dishwasher is disconnected, waiting for the new counter top and plumbing to be installed. Since washing the dishes now includes carrying them down to the basement and using the laundry tub, the rule reverts to a version of the Paul Wheaton rule, namely "after the evening meal".
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Immediately after eating. Call me a neatnik.


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paul wheaton
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If you don't do it right away, everything gets petrified onto the dishes!

Our dishwasher doesn't do a very good job - if you have a lot of people over and then use it right away, it does okay.
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
If you don't do it right away, everything gets petrified onto the dishes!
That's true. We always rinse out our breakfast cereal bowls before we leave for work, otherwise the little crumbs glue themselves down firmly.
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Dog food and potato starch are the worst. Let either dry on a utensil or pan and no dishwasher on earth is going to budge it.

Protein spume (which you won't know anything about unless you make your own stock) is pretty bad too.

And while I'm not OCD about many things, I simply cannot go to sleep with dirty dishes in the sink.
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
Immediately after eating. Call me a neatnik.


Me too (if I ever need to do it). If you cant wash them right away atleast keep them dipped in water


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Me too - immediately after dinner (which is the only time I get to eat at home) because I stop by the kitchen in the morning to get an apple or something like that from the fridge, and I absolutely can't stand the sight of dirty dishes at that time of the day!


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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
and I absolutely can't stand the sight of dirty dishes at that time of the day!


Ain't it the truth! Mornings are hard enough already -- a grody kitchen is the last thing that I want to deal with.

And yes, I also make the bed every day. Can't stand going to the bedroom and seeing an un-made bed; especially at bed-time!

OK, so maybe I'm OCD about more than one thing...
Alan Wanwierd
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hmmm...

I cant cook in a kitchen cluttered with dirty stuff so I wash up before cooking...

Cooking invariably involves some time of standing around watching - so I take that time to wash up stuff as I go...

Immediately after eating I wash up so that I can sit down and relax knowing theres no outstanding washing up....

Somewhere along the line I get a raw deal here! Wife has a completely different philosophy: Let it lie until Adrian clears it up!
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The title of this thread confuses me. What you do you mean by "do the dishes"? Do what with them? I don't get it.


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Jim, you probably don't know why the ironing board has a pointy end either.
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The point isn't a problem, but that fin-like thing on the underside at the other end makes it hard to lay flat. I can't figure out why they designed it like that.
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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
Dog food and potato starch are the worst.
The annoying thing about potato crud on pans (for example, after boiling some potatoes) is that it is the same colour as the washing up bubbles meaning I often don't spot that there's some I missed during the washing up. I then finish washing up, dry the pan and then realise that it still has potato around the edge and needs washing again. Grrrr
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I usually do it right before going to sleep. Soaking heavily soiled utensils in water+detergent, 1 or 2 hrs before washing makes life easier.


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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
The annoying thing about potato crud on pans ...


And the really really annoying thing is that if you miss it and put the pan through the dishwasher, it ends up getting baked onto the pan during the drying cycle and requires a jackhammer to remove. Spume is even worse.
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That's why you shouldn't use the heated dry cycle on the dishwasher. Well, that, plus the environment...
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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
And the really really annoying thing is that if you miss it and put the pan through the dishwasher, it ends up getting baked onto the pan during the drying cycle and requires a jackhammer to remove.
Unfortunately I'm the dishwasher in my household . The Evil Potato still finds a way to turn into concrete at every possible opportunity though. If only mashed potato didn't taste so damn good......
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Flour and water make cement.

It's hard enough to clean right away, I cannot imagine waiting.
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we adjust the ratios of available flatware and plates and bowls so that they all run out at the same time - presoaking is the key for this plan to work


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I never knew only guys are meant to do dishes
 
 
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