Living Alone with a Dishwasher

Cooking for One

I grew up with the convenience of a dishwasher although my young self wasn't thrilled with having to empty it every day after school as one of my household chores. But since I've left home, I've rarely lived in a place that has a dishwasher and, to be frank, I seldom use one even if it does come with my apartment, especially if I'm living alone. Do you live alone and use your dishwasher with any frequency?

I usually enjoy hand washing dishes, so I'm predisposed not to care too much if I have a dishwasher or not, especially if I'm living alone or cooking for one for a few days. I have a puritanical notion that a dishwasher can't be run unless it's full and since it can take several days to fill one up when you're cooking for one, things can get a little stinky in there. Plus, I have several favorite dishes and implements that I like to use frequently, so waiting until it's full, or reasonably full, isn't practical.

Of course it's a different scenario if you're washing up for a large household or you've just thrown a dinner party. But for everyday cooking for one? Usually not worth it for me.

How about you? Do you run your dishwasher when you've been cooking just for yourself?

PS. Although we did have a Hotpoint dishwasher when I was young, I promise my parents never blindfolded me while I was using it.

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