Re: dishwashing topic
From: Martha Wagner (
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:47:19 -0700 (PDT)
Mariah, thanks for the detailed description of your meal cleanup process.  When 
you say that cleanup is "on the spot volunteers" does this mean that you don't 
use a signup system for cleanup and that people are always available to 
clean—that they are not heading to meetings, classes, kids bedtimes, etc.? Does 
it work out equitably enough that the more frequent cleaners are not resentful? 
How long does cleanup take?

Columbia Ecovillage
Portland, OR


Message: 3
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:02:31 -0700
From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ dishwashers

RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA

Commercial slide-through-racks counter-top DW, In use 12 years.
We eat together twice a week, about 30 people on average (might be 12  
or 45 on occasion).
Clean up is on-the-spot volunteers, and well supported.
Diners scrape compost, dump flatware in soapy water dishpan. Racks are  
loaded by a person who swishes a soapy dish brush over the plates  
prior to racking them: way less mess than the spray, and saves hot  

Without enough space to let it all air dry, we use freshly-laundered  
white flour-sack dishtowels to whisk the hot Corelle plates dry and  
stack on the rolling dish cart. We keep the clean towels on the cart,  
so they don't get used for anything else. After being used at one  
meal, they go into the laundry again. Ditto for dish rags and counter  
rags. We don't use sponges.

There's a triple sink for pots, a double regular sink for knives, wine  
glasses and odd leftover pieces. The soap and very hot water make it  
pretty sanitary.

Though open to the dining room, the noise isn't a problem, we just  
stop it if someone is making an announcement.

People step up to help, or get handed a table-wiping rag or broom !

Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
Say- we have two resales in the low 300s. And an amazing Fiddle Tunes  
Festival, Blues Festival, Wooden Boat Festival. And it's 65 degrees  
out. Come work and play with us...


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