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Sensible Ways to Save Money and Energy During Dish Washing

5 Practical Ways to Save Money and Energy

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1. Prepare dishes before you wash.

Scrape dishes as soon as meals are over with. Rinse dishes out or off if it will be any length of time before washing is done. Very dirty dishes with baked on food may need time to soak. Fill the bowl or pan with hot water and a little dishwashing soap.Doing this prevents the need to change the dish water as often and also allows you less work and scrubbing.

2. Have some order.

Start washing the least dirty dishes first. Work your way up to the heavily soiled dishes last. Not only will this give soaking dishes a better chance to come clean, but it will make your dishwater last longer. Remember to change the dishwater when it becomes greasy or cool.

3. Turn off the water. Don't let the water run as you wash or rinse dishes. Use a sink or a dishpan to hold water. Dishes can be dipped in hot water in a dishpan to rinse. Or you can wait until you have a group of dishes to rinse, instead of rinsing one at a time.

4. Use rubber gloves.

Using gloves will save you time, which in turn will keep your water warm and fresh longer. Wear gloves to help you be able to tolerate hot water, and not feel squeamish about diving in to wash and rinse dirty dishes.

5. Don't over-use soap.

Sometimes we think that adding a lot of soap will help the dishes get cleaned more quickly. In addition to using up dish washing detergent more quickly, too much dish washing liquid is difficult to rinse away and can actually cause you to use more water than you would normally need. Read the directions to know how much to use.

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