This is a legitimate concern of many people, including myself. Because we live in an apartment, we do not have the option of installing a dishwasher and have to wash all of our dishes by hand. It kills me how much water goes down the drain each evening as I stand there for 15 minutes washing the days dishes! According to several resources, using a dishwasher is way better then hand-washing because:
1. Recent model-year dishwashers are very stingy with their water use – 1/6 of the water of hand-washing on average!
2. Dishwashers tend to clean the dishes better than you could when washing by hand.
3. If equipped with an “booster” heater, dishwaters use less energy to heat the water than your water heater does.
4. Dishwashers use less soap than hand-washing.
Of course, these are only true if you run the dishwasher when it is full and if you do not rinse the dishes before you put them in it. But aside from those two caveats, a dishwasher beats hand-washing by a mile. So what can us “non-dishwasher-owners” do to clean up our act? Anyone have any idea? I have biodegradable soap, a reusable sponge, and an aerator on my faucet. Is there anything else that you guys might do or know about to cut down on the water use when hand-washing?
Oh what I would not give for a dishwasher…
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