Dishes Poll

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 16, 2010

Because I’m curious…

Who washes the dishes as they go when preparing meals???

Who lets them pile up and washes them all after the meal???

Or does it depend on your mood???

(I prefer to at least rinse them off  as I cook, but sometimes I get ahead of myself and let them pile up!)

What’s your Dishes Personality???

{ 159 comments… read them below or add one }

Kari February 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I must clean as I go … I absolutely HATE stacks of dishes!

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Mellisa W. February 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I do the dishes as I go. I don’t like to sit down to eat if there are dishes left to clean.

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BreannaS February 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Oh! the questions people ask. I wash as I go when I am batch cooking but only because I have to if I want to continue cooking. On a normal night I cook and stack the dishes in the sink then my husband takes care of them later. When my hubby is cooking I do the dishes after dinner.

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Becky February 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Wash as I go! Otherwise the pile is just to overwhelming:-)

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Heather Fox February 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I used to be a pile upper but here’s what I do now. I make sure the dishwasher has been run and emptied before dinner so that while I’m preparing it I can put stuff that can go in the dishwasher in there and I fill the sink with hot soapy water before I start cooking so I can throw all the pots and pans in there as I cook. With the dishwasher empty everyone in the family also puts their own dishes in there after dinner. So helpful!

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Alea February 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm

If I am throwing a dinner party, I start cooking with a clean kitchen and wash as I go. If it’s only my family I wipe off the counter tops and rinse as I go. All the while, hoping that someone will be lured into the kitchen by the aroma and then feel the overwhelming desire to do dishes. :D

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Ashley February 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I rinse as I make the meal, then try to wash while the meal is cooking, so we only have the serving dishes to wash after the meal. I can’t stand dishes sitting IN the sink, and we don’t have a dishwasher, and piles on the counter take up valuable prep/serving space!

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Jackie Hix February 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Most of the time, I try to clean up as I’m cooking, like putting things up whee they go and putting things in the dishwasher. If they need washing in the sink though, most of the time, I do that after dinnner.

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Rachel February 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I wash as I go, it keeps my kitchen from looking like a disaster!! However, there are times when I don’t wash as I go and I have to spend extra time in the kitchen after dinner (which I don’t like!)

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Nicole February 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I HATE dishes with a passion!!! We don’t have a dishwasher so I have to do all of them by hand. Sometimes if I cook my husband washes and I dry or if he cooks I wash and he drys. At least we tackle it as a team, but I HATE dishes! I wish I was Jeannie from I dream of Jeannie and can make them just be clean and put away!

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Miriam February 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I’m definitely a pile-up gal. Unless I’m mixing something up in my KA Mixer and need to use the beaters or bowl for multiple things that require me to wash them in between. Because I’m a pile-up cook, I have 3 sets of measuring cups, and countless sets of measuring spoons :) I love it :P (And I totally *heart* my dishwasher!!!!)

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milk donor mama February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I make the mess, my husband cleans it. I do all our laundry, cooking, food shopping, clothes purchasing, feed the kitties (can’t do litter boxes– I’m pregnant), I cut everybody’s hair at home, I do the garden, budget… he fixes and cleans things :)

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sara February 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I finally got a new dish washer for Christmas (after hand washing for over a year) and now I load it as I bake/cook and then run it when it gets full. I do one-two loads a day! I also wash sippy cups and things like my bread maker pan by hand every afternoon :)
sara http://myfrugalfunlife.blogspot.com/

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Lindsey February 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I wish I was a wash as I go person… but my dishes tend to pile up. I like your idea of at least rinsing them! =)

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JenniferM February 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

What a cute post! I’m curious to see what other people say as well.

I tend to crash after dinner so I leave the dishes sitting out all night. The next morning I can up the kitchen and run the dishwasher. Then, as I’m cooking (waiting for meat to defrost, or water to boil) I empty out the dishwasher and try to start loading it again just to make room on the counter. When I was working I just did the dishes every night before dinner while my daughter was working on homwork. My signature phrase – “I just can’t cook in a messy kitchen!”

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Heather February 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

i generally wash at the end…i wish i could convince my husband to clean up after me!

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Gina February 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I have a dishwahser but, when I didn’t I did them as I went. I still tidy the kitchen as I go, too. I have a fairly small working space so, the more I clean as I go, the better! :)

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Mindy February 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I always wonder this same thing. I’m fanatic about cleaning as I go. I’m one of those that actually wipes the counter tops as I go also. There is usually just the dishes that held the food & plates there afterwords and those are usually washed about 10-20 minutes later! When my husband makes dinner to give me a break we always end up arguing because I go behind him saying, “Why can’t you clean as you go.”

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Kelly@Living Deliberately February 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Ugh. I wish I could do my dishes as I cooked, but I stink at it. Therefore, I feel like my kitchen is ALWAYS messy. I keep trying to start the wash as I work method; however, I get sidetracked. I have learned my three year old son likes to help wash dishes, so my long term plan is to make the kids do it. That works, right?

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AprilG February 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Unfortunately I usually let them pile up. But when I do put them in the dishwasher as I go, it makes it so much easier.

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astrid February 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I do both depending on my mood. I usually like to clean up right after myself so it’s not such a huge chore afterwards but sometimes I slip up and forget.

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Alexis R February 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

It depends on my mood and if the dishwasher has been emptied! :)

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Becky February 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I usually try to wash as I go, but most of the time that just doesn’t happen. I love, love, love cooking and baking, but I make such a mess…and I don’t even have kids yet!

As a side note, I think it’s hilarious that the related post listed is “Side Dishes for Soup.” :)

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Stephanie February 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I desperately try to wash as I go. But lately it’s has been depending on how I’m feeling. I’ve kind of passed the dishwashing over to DD she’s not too happy about it but it’s nice to have some help.

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Nicole Rod February 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Neither. I make my husband wash the dishes. :D

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KHenry February 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I try to get stuff put in the dishwasher as I go. But sometimes there just is not time. And sometimes I save dishes for hubby since I cooked the meal!

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Sarah February 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I’m probably the messiest cook in the world. Therefore, I totally let the dishes pile up.

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Courtney February 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

@Sarah,
I bet you are a super good cook though :) I am the same way! I sure know how to make a yummy meal (or bake yummy treats) but cleaning…… what’s that? That’s what my hubby is for!

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Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2 February 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Afterward here!!

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Susie's Homemade February 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I HAVE to do dishes while I cook. It is a scar from my childhood but I can’t even stand a single fork in the sink:-)

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Holly February 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I wash as I go. I usually take the largest mixing bowl and fill with water so I can throw in anything that needs to soak a second. I have 5 kids so it is just too much to save it all until after supper. After the meal it is one of the kids jobs to take care of the dishes and it might include something that soaked while we ate.

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Kimberly February 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

My husband cleans as I go or when I’m all finished. This is just one of the many reasons I love that man!

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Amy February 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Depends what kid I have beside me-lol. We at least rinse and put the ones that will go in the dishwasher up. The rest we rinse and set aside until after dinner.

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Karen February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

do it when it gets full. or there are no more things left. 1st thing to go: 8oz cups. even more so when my parents are here. mmmmm..yeah.

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MaryAgnes Ash February 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Wash as I go. If I don’t then I have a huge amount to do when I am done. I can’t stand a dirty kitchen.

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ynaffit February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I hate dishes, but I put them off ALL day until after dinner. More specifically, til after my daughter goes to bed. BLD, all dishes are piled up…….. Til late!

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Jean February 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I’m a piler… Since it’s usually just me there typically aren’t too many dishes, yet I use that as an excuse to NOT do them!

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Anuan February 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

With a pea sized kitchen I need to wash and put away as I go.

Very good question.

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Jodi February 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I have to rinse things off when I go or else things will seriously stick and it’s not a promise that they will come off in the dishwasher. I soak the big stuff. After dinner, I load the dishwasher. The next morning, I have my step-son unload/put away.

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Grammy Blick February 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I’m a ‘clean as you go’ cook simply because we eat in the kitchen and I don’t want to see it messy. We do use a dishwasher, so much goes in there. Pots and pans get washed and stored. Well, that’s the intention — and about half the time it works!!

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Toni February 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

If I’m doing the dishes, I wash as I go. If my DD is doing the dishes, I will rinse & stack them.

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Melissa Miller February 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

It depends on my mood, usually stack it and wash when I am all done, unless people are coming over then I clean as I go.

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margo February 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Wash as I go

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Jackie February 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Once the dinner is in the oven…or on the stove…I was whatever dishes or measuring cups, etc…I used to prepare the meal. After dinner, hubby does the dishes!

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Lori Smith February 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I do the dishes, usually while I am making dinner and then rinse them and put them in the dishwasher, I wish I could teach my boyfriend how to do it, but he is getting better through the years.

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Angela February 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I rinse and stack. Washing happens when the cooking is done!

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Alyssa February 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I mostly clean as I go — makes it easier when the “post-dinner rush” (bathtime, snacks, story-time, etc.) hits. But sometimes…boy I just can’t stay on top of those dishes some nights. Oh well! Some day I’m going to miss all those dishes!

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Joy February 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Dishes must be put in Dishwasher. lol :)

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Lorie Coquigne February 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I clean as I go, if not it drives me crazy, weird I know.

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Liz@HoosierHomemade February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

My husband and boys tease me that when I’m gone the kitchen doesn’t explode like when I’m home. Well, yeah, when I’m gone, no cooking is being done.
Unfortunately, my dishes piles up until it looks like the kitchen exploded. When I cook big, for most of the day, I usually have 4-6 loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
~Liz

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Joyce February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I try not to let them pile up, but that don’t always happen!
I love a clean kitchen,but mine is always messy. I alway cooking!

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