Hate doing the dishes?
But it is important to be mindful of the water you are using when the chore has to be done! Here are 9 unique ways to use less water when you are washing your dishes.
Scrape your plates when they are dry. Don’t let water do all the work – you can really help out by putting solid scraps in the trash or the compost pile.
Keep ’em dishes close!If you hand wash your dishes, make certain that they are close to you at all times. Instead of starting your water, then reaching for dishes while the water is still running, keep your freshly scraped dishes close to you.
Fill your sink.
If you’re hand-washing the dishes, fill your sink with warm, soapy water – THEN SHUT OFF THE FAUCET!! Instead of letting the water run the entire time your washing, clean your dishes with the water in your sink. By not leaving the water on, you can save 200-500 gallons a month!
Let only half the water drain
If your water starts to get dirty and greasy, let only half of it drain and then add fresh water!
Stop using so much soap!
Most people use 10 to 15 times more soap than they need, according to the New York Times. If you’re using too much dish soap, you’ll need more water to wash away the suds. Remember folks: Read the label!!
Sorry Pre-Rinse – no one needs you!
If you use a dishwasher to get your glassware clean, then a pre-rinse is unnecessary! Your dishwasher can handle a little bit of residue. By skipping this step, you can save 6,500 gallons of water every year!
Load the right way.
Two words: 1) Water 2) Flow. Keep this in mind! The easier it is for water to reach each dish, the less time it will take to clean – meaning less water used! Load large items at the sides so that they don’t block water. Face the “top” or dirtier side of the dish toward the center of the machine so that the detergent hits it directly.
Test your dishwasher.
Run a full load of dishes on the absolute lowest setting and shortest cycle. If your dishes aren’t clean, test a cycle that’s a little bit longer. You can find the cycle “sweet spot” that will clean your dishes with the lowest possible amount of water used!!
Run full loads.
There’s no need to run your dishwasher if it isn’t full. Each dishwasher cycle uses the same amount of water, even if it’s only cleaning one or two dishes. This simple move can save over 400 gallons of water a month.
What do you think?
How can YOU conserve water doing the dishes?