Eco-friendly Tips on How to Wash the Dishes

Believe it or not, there’s an eco-friendly way to do just about anything. Whether it’s doing laundry or cleaning your kitchen, there are some greener methods to get each task done, which will help lessen your carbon footprint. One of the best tasks to “greenify” is washing the dishes. Sure, it might seem harmless using just soap, water, and possibly a dishwasher but you’re more than likely wasting water and energy.

Throw out Scraps

Do you have a dishwasher that claims you don’t have to rinse your dishes before loading them? Sure, that’s a dream come true for most homeowners, but that extra rinse cycle to remove scraps will use more water than you think. In order to cut back on your dishwasher usage, start discarding scraps into a nearby garbage can, then give each dish/utensil a quick rinse in the sink. By practicing this, you’ll be cutting back on the dishwasher’s job and saving water (in addition to money on your water bill) in the process.

Fully-stocked Dishwasher

When you think of your dishwasher, which is probably the most-used appliance in your home, it’s important to make sure that every square inch of the machine is packed to the brim. Granted, you don’t want to overload your dishwasher, but an appliance that has more dishes and utensils will be the much more eco-friendly route, since you’ll have to do fewer loads.

The Soak Method

If you wash your dishes by hand, then you’re also cutting back on energy consumption! Now, if you have a double sink in your home, you’re in for a great green-way to do your dishes! The next time you let the water run in your sink, halfway fill one side with warm, soapy water and turn the faucet off.

Next, halfway fill the other side with warm water — but with no soap. Once complete, start by dipping each plate and scrub/wipe down in the soapy water side. Once all plates are cleaned, dip them in the clean water side, let them dry and you’ll be good to go! Granted, this requires filling each basin with water, but when you do dishes without letting the water run in the process, you’ll be conserving much more water!

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