Washing Dishes

Opt for the Dishwasher Over Hand Washing


It may seem counterintuitive, but it turns out washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than running the dishwasher, even more so if you have a water-conserving model. The EPA estimates an efficient dishwasher uses half as much water, saving close to 22,730ℓ each year. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes. There is a wide variety of capacities available to suit each household, or kitchen space.

Most dishwasher models have a variety of settings that can be used depending on how intensive the wash required is. For example, if you are only washing glass cups and mugs, etc. that aren’t very oily then an economical quick cycle can be used. Probac dishwashing liquid can be used instead of more expensive tablets or powders, kindly visit our home page for more information. For items requiring more intensive cleaning like pots, pans, etc. longer cleaning cycles can be used with powders or tablets.

When Washing Dishes by Hand, Don’t Leave the Water Running for Rinsing

If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. Rinse water can be reused to water your garden (if not too oily and soapy), and washing up water can be reused to flush toilets.

Whether choosing a dishwasher or washing by hand, ensure no food or too much fats or oils remain on dishes prior to washing. Raw fruit and vegetables can be discarded into a compost heap.

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