Right now we use the dishwasher so much it is not funny. We are moving away from using the dishwasher every day (sometimes twice). We decided not to invest in a dish drainer and mat and just use the dish washer itself to dry the dishes in. Instead of a big bottle of DAWN anti-bacterial concentrate I finally used up I now have a small bottle of basic (non anti-bacterial) SUN dish soap thinned down with water and a little bleach, lemon juice and baking soda in a reused spray bottle, one squirt per dish is all it takes, the little bottle of cheap dish soap made a BIG spray bottl’s worth.
I know there will be times I still use the dish washer, like if I am cooking a ton of stuff and can’t catch up but I want to reduce it to no more than once a week if we can.
(helping reduce our electric bill, helping the environment, and even reducing the cost of Dish washing detergent which is pretty harsh stuff actually)