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:
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.
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