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Old 02-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #11
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Re: How many times a day do you run the dishwasher/wash dishes?

There are 6 in our family (but the baby doesn't eat yet). I run our dishwasher once a day and wash pots/pan/etc by hand 1-2 times a day (I cook almost every meal from scratch too so my p and p's add up!). I don't run the dishwasher unless it's full even if it means waiting till the morning (then I just run a rinse cycle before washing). I really just put in there: plates, bowls, cups, and silverware.

We don't use paper products either. If it's just sandwiches and pretzels or the like at lunch then I just set it on the table... my little ones take everything off their plates anyway before they eat!

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Old 02-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #12
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family of 7, we hand wash. If it's one of the kids' dish day they just do it once a day all at the end of the night. If it's me or DH, we tend to try to do it throughout the day. When we had a dishwasher, we ran it once a day (or like 1 1/2 times, so 3 times every 2 days) and we always hand wash pots and pans.
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We are a family of 7 and I run it 1-2 times a day....usually. 3 weeks ago it broke and I have been handwashing since. It is a nightmare! I finally broke down and bought some paper plates. I also offer earning money if you wash dishes for me to the children (they are all 10 and under :-)!!!
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Every day or every other day. But we're only a family of 3.
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Family of 4 with lots of extended family traffic Once a day for the dishwasher, once a day for the laundry except for laundry day when I catch up and do 3 loads.
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Family of 4 with lots of extended family traffic Once a day for the dishwasher, once a day for the laundry except for laundry day when I catch up and do 3 loads.
geez. My laundry machine never STOPs. i do probably 3 loads a day with maybe skipping 2 days a week. But we do tend to go through a lot of laundry with 3 teens and a baby with cloth diapers/wipes.
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geez. My laundry machine never STOPs. i do probably 3 loads a day with maybe skipping 2 days a week. But we do tend to go through a lot of laundry with 3 teens and a baby with cloth diapers/wipes.
Wow, that's a lot of laundry!
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Oh, man... I wash dishes twice a day. We don't have that many utensils and I feel like my kids are constantly eating lol. DH wants me to make most of their meals/snacks by hand so that's a ton of pots and pans, plates, forks, sippy cups, etc.
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Wow, that's a lot of laundry!
I do about 20-25 loads a week We are certainly NOT saving the environment here...but I am always washing cloth diapers or now everything else that gets peed on during the horrible phase of potty training And just a lot of clothes i guess.
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We run once a day but we use paper for breakfast & lunch. I don't have time to be washing dishes/unloading a dishwasher all day. We wash clothes 3-5 loads a day 6 days a week.

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