Spin-off non-dishwasher homes where do you leave your dishes before washing

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: Where do you USUALLY put your dirty dishes before washing them
    On the side : (17 votes)
    28 %
    In the bowl (with water) : (10 votes)
    17 %
    In the bowl (no water) : (22 votes)
    37 %
    I wash them up immediately : (7 votes)
    12 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    673 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @FromA2B2013:  My husband sets them on the side, which drives me nuts. I want them all in the sink, or washed immediately! He also leaves his empty beer cans by the sink…or on the coffee table. WTF!

    Post # 4
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    In the sink, no water, after they’ve been rinsed.

    Post # 5
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We rinse them and leave them in the sink.

    Post # 6
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Leaving stuff soaking breeds all kind of disgusting bacteria and mold/fungus spores. We washed our dishes pretty much immediately when we didn’t have a dishwasher (went 8 years without one!).

    Post # 7
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I VOTED – OTHER (with this explanation):

    Our kitchen has a double sink.  During meal making one is designated for things that need to sit & soak (such as pots & pans).  Altho we have a heavy duty Dishwasher, when it comes to pots and pans a bit of a soak doesn’t hurt.

    The other sink is where we put everything else we used while making the meal (knives, utensils, bowls etc)

    After the Meal if we are going to be immediately doing something else / rushing out somewheres…  OR the Dishwasher is full of clean dishes that hasn’t been unloaded yet … and time ends up being at a premium.  We’ll scrape our plates and put them into the sink with the other dirty items (not the soaking sink)

    If there is too much for that sink (happens at times) then things are neatly stacked up on the counter next to the sink.

    When we get back from whatever we were doing, we unload the DW, and reload it with the dirty items.

    I try to load the DW, and run it everynight before bed.  I also wipe down the stove, counter & sinks.

    It is great to wake up in the AM to a Clean Kitchen.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 8
    2136 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    rinse them and leave them in sink. but we don’t let any dish sit there for long…both FI and I will wash dishes at different times during the day.

    Post # 9
    1634 posts
    Bumble bee

    I hate dishes in the sink unless they’re soaking. I always wash the sink before I do dishes so we rinse dishes then stack them beside the sink until we wash them. 

    Post # 10
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We out ours in the sink. Sometimes (depending on the food) we will leave the pots & pans on the stove while we eat. 

    Post # 12
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My mom puts her dishes in a basin full of soapy water that sits in the sink.

    I leave my plates in the sink, but I’ll rinse them first and let water run over/collect in the dishes. It’s less gross than having to dump out the gross soapy water full of food particles, which is what I have to do at my mom’s house.

    Post # 13
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our apartment didn’t have a dishwasher, but it did have a double sink. In one side I placed this tub thing that we’d gotten as a wedding present (I’m still not sure what this thing is actually to be used for), and that’s where we’d place our dirty dishes. Once it was full up (usually a week), we’d wash them.

    Now even though we have a dishwasher, I still like to wash certain dishes in the sink, such as bowls for cereal. I generally rinse them out, and then wash-wash them after a couple of days.

    Post # 14
    2690 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I leave them in the sink… if it’s not to many, I wait for it to pile up a bit (maybe breakfast and then lunch dishes), then wash.  I hate to see a sink with dirty dishes and i hate dishes on the side so I do dishes rather quickly and often.

    Post # 15
    7206 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    In the sink.

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