Green in the Kitchen: Less Water, Less Work

With an increasing number of drought predictions for the summer, it’s important to practice strategies for water conservation in your home.  If drought is not a problem in your area, but you’re looking for a quick, easy way to save water, check out these easy tips!

Scrape, don’t rinse. Most modern dishwashers don’t require a huge amount of pre-rinsing to wash your dishes clean. Also, it means less work for you!

If you do have to scrub your pots or pans, don’t leave the water running. Just let them soak for a bit, then quickly clean them and rinse. Ultimately, it’s usually better to use the dishwasher rather than hand-washing your dishes, because using the dishwasher generally uses less water than washing your dishes by hand.

These two little tips can go a long way towards saving water! Do you have any quick tips to share? Comment below!

Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr

5 thoughts on “Green in the Kitchen: Less Water, Less Work

  1. Woodwa

    Clearly this is flawed!!!

    I use less than 2 gallons for a load of dishes(opposed to 4-6 in a machine)… start with the glassware and rinse and fill the sink gradualy as you work towards the dirtiest plates..

  2. Jeff Gang

    Hi Woodwa – that’s definitely the best way to do it. But if you’re going to use the dishwasher, as many folks probably are, these tips will help reduce overall water use!

  3. smallftprints

    These are great tips! We have a very old, inefficient dishwasher in our apartment so we wash by hand. If one puts the plug in the sink, they’ll be amazed at how much water is wasted by letting the water flow while washing.

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