I have a dishwasher but I don't use it. I hand wash everything because I think its quicker and easier for me. Unless we do a huge dinner/dinner party or something. I use a sponge and dish soap to wash the dishes but I change my sponge every 10-15 days because I don't like to over use it. I went to a friends house and we were just chatting and she says she doesnt replace her until it starts falling apart.... How long do you use your sponge for? Just curious.