Monday, February 7, 2011

Don't pre-rinse dishes

Air bubbles trapped in ice, Canada
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
Your dishwasher will use the same amount of water and energy whether or not you pre-rinse your dishes. In most cased, simply scraping off food scraps should be enough for your dishwasher to do its job, especially if it is an updated model. Pre-rinsing can waste up to 20 gallons of water.

If certain types of dishes or foods prove problematic for your dishwasher, set aside a small amount of dishes to wash by hand - fill up the sink basin rather than let the tap run while you wash. Otherwise, let the dishwasher do all the work.
-from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth' by Philippe Bourseiller

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