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How to Hand Wash Dishes to Conserve Water

June 17, 2019

How to Hand Wash Dishes to Conserve Water

For years before the advent of mechanical dishwashers, washing the dishes was a chore that was done by hand. It was time-consuming--but there was a particular feeling of accomplishment that came with cleaning the dishes to your own satisfaction. In the days of conservation, doing the dishes by hand wash is one of many things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. This can be achieved with a few different methods that you may not have realized.

Why Should We Hand Wash Our Dishes?

Washing dishes by hand uses much less water dishwashing machines. Not only does this benefit the environment by reducing the amount of water needed, but it also reduces your water bill. Washing dishes by hand is an easy task and all you need to do is fill one side of your sink with warm water and dish soap and submerge the dishes in the water. The traditional method for hand washing involved letting warm water run in the opposite side of the sink--but this is unnecessary as it wastes water.

Try and only run water after you finish scrubbing a dish, even though this will require turning on the faucet every few seconds--you will save a great deal of water. Additionally, you can fill the opposite side of the sink with water and dip your clean dishes into the water, although you will want to make sure your sink is clean to reduce stagnation. For an added benefit, consider utilizing natural hand soaps as these soaps are better for the environment and contain no abrasive chemicals. Both the environment and your wallet will thank you.

Alternative Methods to Using Water

It is difficult to clean dishes without water, but there are a couple of different methods that are efficient for washing dishes without water. Consider using baby wipes; although this may not work well for pans and skillets--you can easily sanitize basic dishes and utensils. Any towel or cloth can be used to clean your dishes since vigorous scrubbing can kill germs as well. 

In Summary

Cleaning our dishes by hand wash and utilization of natural hand soaps is a great way to join the conservation movement. You will also save money on your water bill in addition to helping the environment. Washing dishes without water is certainly possible and will enhance these benefits even more.



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