1. Join the Community!

    DSMtuners is a massive archive of DSM information - but more importantly, it's a COMMUNITY! Join in and participate with other DSMers, and invite all of your DSM friends to make this place their home. Chat with others, create a build thread, post questions and answers. Get involved! Logging in will also remove many of the advertisements, along with this notice. ;)

Kitchen costs

Posted by red97tib, May 13, 2019

Please Support Southbay Fuel Injectors
Please Support ExtremePSI
  1. red97tib

    red97tib Proven Member

    136
    4
    Joined Mar 27, 2007
    Des Moines, Iowa
    So this is a completely off the wall subject that I have been trying to figure out an answer to for some time. Can't seem to find a consensus anywhere so I'm turning to you guys. Been debating the cost effectiveness of switching all my plates, glasses and silverware to plastic and paper, stuff that can be tossed after a use or 2. Only thing I would keep would be the pots and cookware for stove and I would hand wash them. Essentially I would be cutting use of dishwasher and have sponge and soap for sink cleaning. Wondering if that would be cheaper in the long run. Obviously end of night cleanup would be faster due to throwing away most everything. Opinions or thoughts? Anyone done this before?
     
    red97tib

    262  0

    1995 Eagle Talon N/T
    automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  2. BLACK'98DSM

    BLACK'98DSM Proven Member

    883
    281
    Joined Feb 9, 2019
    Hoover, Alabama
    Just simply washing your dishes by hand will save money as compared to using the dishwasher every time. And you can buy glass ware at the dollar stores where I live.

    As far as efficiency the paper stuff is probably the best but glassware doesn't have to be that expensive

    BTW I think it's hilarious that you come to DSMTuners for the answer to that question.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 17, 2019

    Road Race Build 2K  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    340  3

    2012 Murray Explorer Dune
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    257  6

    2009 Troy Bilt Bronco
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles
    Loading...
  3. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Supporting VIP

    2,541
    713
    Joined Jan 5, 2012
    Rathdrum, Idaho
    Having lived in both versions of this scenario (currently have dishes and dishwasher) it mostly comes down to your preference, garbage/recycling and water usage/bill situation.

    For my roomy and myself, we like having real dishes cuz cutting steak (and eating in general) on a paper plate sucks. It also makes a TON of extra garbage, and while I'm not a green freak with my cars being "known to cause cancer in the state of california", I prefer not to make a ton of unecessary trash over what I already do. Also, we haul our trash around here, and it's nice to go a month before having to haul a load, vs every week. Buying more paper plates all the time sucks and adds up over time also.

    We have a pretty good dishwasher, and our electric/water bill is pretty low for the most part, even better now that we have central a/c and not 3 individual units trying to cool the house inefficiently, and the irrigation timer is set properly.

    I also washed dishes by hand up until I was about 24, as that's what we had to do growing up and never had a dishwasher till now. That is really the most economical route, though it does take more time and space depending on your routine.

    I vote for keeping your grown-up plateware.
     

    Street Build 234  3

    1990 Plymouth Laser N/T
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM

    322  8

    1987 Toyota Pickup/Hilux
    awd · manual · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 873  7

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 1K  1

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 1G DSM

    Street Build 2K  10

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
    Loading...
  4. dustyboner

    dustyboner DSM Wiseman

    952
    383
    Joined Mar 13, 2016
    abq, New Mexico
    I have always washed dishes by hand. I use the dishwasher as a drying rack for the clean dishes.
    If you don't wanna wash dishes, you need to get you a woman or some kids as they can easily be forced to do it for you..
    Keep your silverware. Try eating a steak with plastic silverware.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
  5. motomattx

    motomattx Proven Member

    1,772
    563
    Joined Dec 9, 2010
    wampum, Pennsylvania
    Throwing away paper plates is much cheaper than throwing away a wife and kids!
     

    Drag Race Build 3K  16

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  6. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Supporting VIP

    2,541
    713
    Joined Jan 5, 2012
    Rathdrum, Idaho
    Then stay single like me, and don't whine about the dishes :thumb:
     

    Street Build 234  3

    1990 Plymouth Laser N/T
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM

    322  8

    1987 Toyota Pickup/Hilux
    awd · manual · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 873  7

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 1K  1

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 1G DSM

    Street Build 2K  10

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
    Loading...
    1990TSIAWDTALON likes this.
  7. 1990TSIAWDTALON

    1990TSIAWDTALON Moderator

    4,382
    1,888
    Joined Nov 14, 2013
    Independence, Kansas
    2 plates, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 2 knives, one dishwashing utensil of your choice and about a cup or 2 of H2O. :)
    I have both, as I am single with a roomy too. I have good stuff for good food and paper/plastic for those "Manwich" nights or whatever. You can't stack enough paper to cut steak off the grill without eating some paper too, LOL.
    I get what you are trying to do, but "so what does the dishwasher do?" like the little girl says :)
    Love the thread by the way!
     

    Street Build 3K  27

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · automatic · 1G DSM

    417  14

    1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 1G DSM

    414  17

    1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 590  4

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 5K  11  25

    1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    13.620 @ 108.460 · 1G DSM
    Loading...
    ThunderChild likes this.
  8. red97tib

    red97tib Proven Member

    136
    4
    Joined Mar 27, 2007
    Des Moines, Iowa
    I've been bouncing back and forth on the issue for some time. I think it's most appealing on the nights when cleanup is a simple everything hits the garbage cause it's so simple it's lazy but effective.
    As far as this goes, I come here for so much more then car questions. I think it's a balance of the rules of this forum doesn't allow a bunch of B.S. like other forums do so I actually get real answers and that everyone here is a giant community that just wants to hang and talk. I haven't owned a DSM in a decade but this is probably still one of my most visited sites
     
    red97tib

    262  0

    1995 Eagle Talon N/T
    automatic · 2G DSM
    Loading...
  9. 19gsx91

    19gsx91 Proven Member

    948
    289
    Joined Apr 20, 2011
    Walworth, New York
    Dishwasher. I live alone and am lazy af when I'm actually home, without a dishwasher I'd basically be forced into having to get paper plates. I can't give up my cutco knives though. I work 6 days a week and most nights when I get home I'm still in the garage til about 8-9 til i finally come in and kick my boots off. by that time food+sleep take over. I have a well so I don't pay for water and my nyseg bill is only like 50/month no matter what I do... so I've never even thought about the cost of it. but just for the simple ease of rinsing stuff, loading it then starting it right before i go to work makes sense to me.
     

    Street Build 3K  16

    1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    292 whp · 264 lb/ft · 1G DSM
    Loading...
  10. 1990TSIAWDTALON

    1990TSIAWDTALON Moderator

    4,382
    1,888
    Joined Nov 14, 2013
    Independence, Kansas
    Do you wait til it is full to run it? I admit, I leave some of my dishes IN the dishwasher like has been said, as a drying rack after I hand wash small stuff. And if I worked more like you do Joe, I would be doing the same thing, kick off the shoes, grab a beverage and let the machine do its work!
     

    Street Build 3K  27

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · automatic · 1G DSM

    417  14

    1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 1G DSM

    414  17

    1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS
    rwd · automatic · Misc Vehicles

    Street Build 590  4

    1998 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 5K  11  25

    1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    13.620 @ 108.460 · 1G DSM
    Loading...
  11. VelocitàPaola

    VelocitàPaola Moderator

    4,896
    109
    Joined Jun 14, 2005
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    I've read that it's actually more efficient to use the dishwasher. They typically use less water and energy to do the same job as washing by hand. It's possible to make hand washing more efficient, but you have to be really careful about how much water you use, etc. If I lived by myself, I'd consider keeping just one plate, bowl, and set of silverware, and do hand washing. Living in a family or entertaining semi-frequently, I'd own enough to fill up the dishwasher and use it regularly.
     

    1K  21

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    manual · 2G DSM
    Loading...
    BLACK'98DSM likes this.
  12. Brembo

    Brembo Proven Member

    354
    67
    Joined Aug 17, 2014
    Clifton, New Jersey
    My opinion here. I have owned a home for like 5 1/2 years. So after I remodel my kitchen I bought a dishwasher and to be honest we barely use it. Maybe if we have people over but normally it will be faster to wash it by hand. As far as would it be cheaper to wash by hand then dishwasher then I would say dishwasher because I also believe that it dont use as much water as you would normally but you would have to really fill it up. Not me. As far as using straight plastic and paper things well I think it will be way more money this way. You can go to like marshels and buy 6 cups for like 6 dollars and you will reuse it many times. Plates the same. Now what I think is the problem here is that someone does not want to do anything at home and that needs to change. DSM can wait.
     

    Street Build 2K  3

    1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
    Loading...
  13. o0GuitarKid0o

    o0GuitarKid0o Proven Member

    756
    106
    Joined Dec 12, 2013
    Winnipeg ,MB, MB, Canada
    I live in a 3 bedroom place with kitchen ,bath, laundry with a roommate and his gf and we dont even have a dishwasher ROFL, my favorite thing to do is the good old
    "gotta let em soak trick" hah. Paper plates suck rather wash dishes then use paper products LOL especially with a nice steak LOL only time I ever use paper plates is at the cabin when you dont want to be washing dishes on holidays and it also costs gas to pump up water
    From the lake and propane to boil it. As we dont have electricity being in the middle of nowhere, also generators for power LOL

    Dishwashers are nice but you just have to keep up with the dishes and your golden
     

    Street Build 599  7

    1991 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo
    fwd · automatic · 1G DSM
    Loading...
  14. curt-s

    curt-s Proven Member

    762
    215
    Joined Dec 21, 2008
    Winterville, MB, Canada
    We do both, dishwasher and hands for those things that dishwashers will destroy.
    However, I will NEVER use one of those cleaning aids, like jetdry or whatnot. I prefer water to be the last compound hitting my eatingware..

    Just wait.. you'll find that later in life, doing dishes is less valuable than time.
     

    Street Build 2K  1

    1991 Eagle Talon TSi
    fwd · manual · 1G DSM
    Loading...
    o0GuitarKid0o likes this.
  15. Archer Fabrications

    Archer Fabrications Supporting Vendor

    6,155
    918
    Joined May 9, 2011
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    All the plastic ends up in the ocean. Wash your dishes and save on trash
     

    464  7

    2006 Evo 9 MR
    awd · manual · Lancer Evolution
    Loading...

Share This Page

Support Vendors who Support the DSM Community
Archer Fabrication ECM Tuning ExtremePSI Feal Suspension Fuel Injector Clinic Jacks Transmissions JNZ Tuning Kiggly Racing Morrison Fabrications OHM Racing RockAuto SouthBay Fuel Injectors STM Tuned Track Decals Track Sculptures VR Speed Factory WheelWell.com