I have no idea what I'd do without a dishwasher. I put everything in the dishwasher....even things that I'm not supposed to. If I absolutely have to hand wash something, it will sit in the sink for a while and that is a huge pet peeve of mine - dishes in the sink. When a meal is over in this house, the dishes get put in the dishwasher immediately. The counter and sink are cleaned. Period. I can't stand a dirty kitchen. BUT....hand washing dishes throws me for a loop. Example...I made zucchini bread (which, by the way, I have an awesome recipe for) on Monday. I normally put the loaf pans and mixing bowls in the dishwasher but since the dishwasher was already full and running I put them in the sink with some hot, soapy water. I thought, "Surely I can get 2 loaf pans and 1 mixing bowl washed!" Nope. Tuesday morning I woke up and they were still there. I drained the now ice cold water and added more hot, soapy water. They sat there all day. This is Wednesday and I JUST NOW WASHED THEM!! They have been sitting in the sink since MONDAY!!! The crazy thing is that it took me maybe 3 minutes to wash them.
I have more zucchini that needs to be used and would like to make a couple more loaves of bread to put in the freezer. I better make sure the dishwasher is available before I start that again!