Our dishwasher doesn't work...but back when we had a functioning dishwasher I would put some pots in - those that weren't too dirty - if there was room. I kept hoping that the dishwasher would destroy the pots so I'd have an excuse to buy new ones, but it never happened!
I am my own dishwasher!!! I have never had a dishwasher and when at my Dad's place,I always found it so much easier to simply wash whatever small items I had used by hand!!! I do not like the idea of dishwashers when there are young children in a household,as I feel it is VERY important for kids to learn how to do these very basic chores.A friend of mine had kids who at 11 and 14 did not know how to wash the dishes,and I found that utterly appalling!!! So many kids are way too lazy anyway and believe it is their right to have every single thing done for them!! I am very much 'old school' in these matters and shall not change my mind about them Every member of a household should have some basic chores to do. It did not harm me or my son!!!
A dishwasher is a convenience commodity that works a treat on dishes and cutlery. However heavy duty washing of pots and pans, I believe is best done by hand, where you can scrub baked on grease and food where a dishwater isn't able to.