Dishwashing

6 ways to Green Your Dishwashing

Scrub those plates spotless with less water, minimal energy, and fewer earth-harming dish soaps using these green dish-cleaning strategies.

  1. Choose natural dishwashing soap

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    Seek out dishwashing liquids that don't pollute waterways, harm health or contribute to indoor air pollution. These natural options work just as well, but keep our lakes and rivers clean

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  2. Run your dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes

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    Most people keep the faucet running during hand-washing, consuming about 35 percent more water than a dishwasher. So, choose the easy route and load-up the auto-dish cleaner instead of laboring over a hot sink.

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  3. Use a dishpan or sink plug

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    If you opt to wash dishes by hand, filling a dishpan or sink basin with warm soapy water and another with cold rinse water, then shutting off the faucet, uses less water than your dishwasher.

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  4. Buy an ENERGY STAR dishwasher

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    They save water and use at least 41 percent less less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption.

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  5. Buy a faucet aerator

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    These small, inexpensive faucet add-ons help keep water waste at bay by adding air to the flow, keeping your hand-washing liquid use to a minimum.

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  6. Install a graywater system

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    Safely capture and reuse water used by your dishwasher, washing machine, and other home appliances with one of these ultimate water recycling systems.

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