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Save Water While Dishwashing

Woman dishwasherHow much water do you think you use per day? It may be much more than you think. According to the U.S. Geological Society Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010, the daily per person water use in the U.S. is 80-100 gallons for domestic use.

World Water Day is a good time to rethink your water use habits. The American Cleaning Institute offers these tips for saving water while washing dishes; they’ll also save you time and money.

  1. Scrape off excess food particles and let the dishwasher do the rest. Prerinsing dishes wastes water and is usually not necessary.
  2. Wait until you have a full load to wash. A dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it's half full or completely full.
  3. Use the recommended amount of detergent. Effective cleaning prevents having to re-wash dishes in your dishwasher or prolonged rinsing of extra suds when hand washing your dishes (and saves time and energy).
  4. Run the shortest dishwasher cycle that will clean your dishes satisfactorily. Try different cycles by starting at the shortest and working up to find which is best.
  5. When washing dishes by hand, fill a dish pan or the sink with hot water and add the dish detergent to the water, instead of keeping the water running. Change the dishwashing solution if it becomes greasy, too cool, or if the suds disappear.
  6. When dishes are lightly soiled, it's not necessary to use excess water. Use a "light-soil" cycle on your dishwasher since it requires the least amount of water.
  7. Consider purchasing a new dishwasher. They use about half as much water compared to washing by hand. They also use about half the electricity of 25-year old models and can save time.

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