I do not understand washing dishes by hand.
My mom washes dishes in the dishwasher. Where they belong. I remember that, when I was growing up, any time we had a party, my mom would run a load in the dishwasher, rinse the remaining dishes and leave them on the counter until the morning when she would unload the dishwasher and do a second load with the remaining dishes. She would not wash them by hand. She would go to bed, let the dishwasher do it's job, and, in the morning, let it do it again. Why should she spend valuable time washing dishes when the dishwasher could do it better? She should not. And neither should I. Neither should you, probably.
It was from my mom that I learned this important life lesson: there is almost NOTHING that cannot go in the dishwasher. Bart was shocked, after we married, to discover that I could and would fit all the pots and pans from dinner into the dishwasher. Everything can go in the dishwasher if you are deeply enough opposed to washing by hand.
I cannot understand this handwashing of dishes. Not only does it sort of gross me out, what with the reusing of the same sponge, over and over and the lack of a heat cycle to kill all the germs, but it takes soooooo long. I can do the dishes, even after a fairly large meal, in ten minutes. Rinse, load, start. Easy! So easy! Bart lived in our apartment by himself for about three months last year while I was on study abroad in London. When I returned, he told me that he had not once used the dishwasher in the apartment. Not once! After a few days, I discovered that it was a fantastic dishwasher. You did not have to even RINSE your dishes. You could load straight from the table! Yes, he had mistakenly wasted days of his life washing dishes by hand.
The big complaint Bart had about a dishwasher was that it felt like you had to do dishes twice. First you load and then, several hours later (or a few days later, if you had my parent's old dishwasher which had a cycle longer than the lives of most insects) you have to unload this. I disagree for two reasons. One, you have to unload a dish drain, if you wash by hand, and two, you have to look at all those dishes hanging out in the dish drain. Even if your dishwasher isn't full and ready to run, you can close it. Your kitchen will look clean. You don't have cups multiplying on your counter until you actually wash the dishes. Just stick them right in the dishwasher! Close it again. Your kitchen is spotless again! Hooray!
Also, because I will never find another post wherein to mention this: silverware should be loaded prongs (or spoon or blade) DOWN. All this talk of "but it doesn't get as clean" does not fly with me. Even if they do get cleaner, it is all for naught when you put your fingers all over those oh-so-clean prongs (or spoon or blade). And then I'm basically eating your fingerprints. Put your silverware in the dishwasher the correct way, and we will all live happily ever after.
I obviously feel far too deeply about this subject. And yet, I cannot help myself.