How To Use Less Water While Washing Dishes

If you’ve ever been tasked with the job of cleaning up after dinner,
you probably have some idea of how long water was flowing out of the sink.
We think it’s safe to say your average sink will be continuously
flowing for 10-20 minutes while washing dishes and any other cooking utensils
that were spoiled during the meal. So, how can you get the dishes clean
while using less water? Find out below:

mother and son washing dishes by hand

Contrary to popular belief, you can in fact get your dishes sparkling clean
while using just a fraction of the water you think you need. For starters,
there’s no reason to keep the faucet running the entire time.

Here are a few additional things you can do to further increase water conservation:

  • Think Low-Flow: there are hundreds, if not thousands, of energy-efficient faucets on the
    market that are specifically designed to restrict the flow of water. So,
    if you insist on leaving the water on while you wash dishes this is the
    least you can do.

  • Wipe Before You Wash: have lots of leftover food on your plate? Have sauces or oils lingering?
    Be sure to wipe any remnants into the trash with your napkin or paper
    towel and if scraps are stuck to the dish, scrape them off with your fork
    or knife. This will make cleaning much easier.

  • The Sooner The Better: don’t wait for the food to harden before you get around to cleaning
    them. The sooner you wash your dishes after eating, the easier it will
    be to get them squeaky clean.

  • Don’t Overdo It: you may be thinking the more soap you use, the cleaner your dishes will
    be and that may be true, but it will require more water. Why? Well, you’ll
    to spend more time rinsing away all of that soap before you move onto
    the drying process.

Have additional tips or tricks for using less water while washing dishes?
We’d love for you to share them with us on our
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