There’s a good reason that the dishwasher was invented and that’s because doing the dishes by hand can really suck but sometimes you don’t have a choice.
So today we are going to share some tips and tricks on how to save water while washing dishes by hand.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that they need more water than they actually do when they wash dishes by hand.
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Try washing your dishes in this order:
- Plates and Bowls
- Serving Dishes
- Pots and pans
The general rule of thumb is to wash items that come closest to your mouth first in the hottest and cleanest water.
By the time you get to your pots and pans your water will most likely be greasy and pretty gross.
You may have to drain and refill the water as needed especially if you notice it getting really greasy and grimy in your sink.
And if you have a really tough pot or pan to clean. The best way to help you save water with the troublesome pot is to start working on it before you start the rest of the dishes.
Fill the pot with hot water and toss in a handful of baking soda.
While you are doing the rest of the dishes put it on the stove, heat it up and by the time you get to it most of the food particles will have already dissolved.
Do not leave the water running the whole time while you’re doing the dishes.
Also, it’s a bad idea to use running water to pre-rinse your dishes because it wastes water.
Instead, draw some hot water in your sink, use a good sponge like the JetzScrubz Magic Scrubber on all of your dishes while stacking the soapy dishes on the side.
The JetzScrubz Sponge won’t scratch your chrome, crystal, non-stick cookware or crystal either, it’s easy to clean and it’s disinfecting.
Sprinkle some baking soda on your sponge for a little more mild abrasion.
As soon as you’ve finished washing all of the dishes you can turn on the water and rinse them very quickly all at once.
Another dishwashing tool that you may consider adding to your arsenal is a scrapper.
These come in really handy when you need to lift off stubborn burnt residue on pots and pans that you just can’t seem to get off any other way.
Try to wipe the food off your dishes as soon as possible. As you[ve probably already discovered it’s much harder to wash food off after it’s been sitting on a dish for awhile.
If you tackle the food as soon as you’re finished eating it’s much easier to clean off.
When food dries on a plate, moisture comes out and the food clings tightly on any surface it can find. This makes your job a lot more difficult and often causes you to use more water in the process.
If you have really stubborn food deposits on your dishes give them some time to soak.
Sometimes it’s best to put a little dishwashing soap in the dish and let the tough baked-on food particles soak, sometimes overnight.
In the morning, you should easily be able to finish cleaning the dish. This way you save your elbow grease and water.
If you’re working with a single bowl kitchen sink then it’s best to pre-treat your dirty dishes. Take a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, mix it with some water and place it in a spray bottle.
Take your solution, spray each of the dishes and neatly pile them on the side of the sink.
While the dishes are sitting on the sink the pre-treatment that you made is doing its job to help break down the food particles.
Pick up the dishes one by one and give them a good once over with your JetzScrubz Sponge and rinse all of your dishes under a slow-running stream of water.
There’s no need to have your water running on full blast because you’d just be wasting water.
If your kitchen sink has two bowls, fill one side with the hottest water you can tolerate and add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid. You don’t need a lot.
Fill the other bowl with cold water and add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. This will act as a rinse agent and help avoid spots and streaks on your glasses.
By drawing your pre-water in both sinks you will not have the need to run your water constantly.
Wash each dish in the hot water using your sponge.
Finally, take the clean dishes and dip them in your cool water and vinegar. Take them out and place them in your drying rack.
Handwashing Vs Dishwasher
Every study we’ve read says It takes less water to wash dishes in an automatic washer than to wash the same load by hand.
Many people still doubt this true but if you’re tired of washing dishes by hand and you do decide to have a dishwasher installed be sure to buy one that is energy-efficient.
We do know for many homeowners having the time to wash dishes by hand can not only be a struggle but very time consuming.
With energy-efficient dishwashers, if it’s true what the studies report, you will use less energy, water, and soap. Running full loads helps preserve our ecosystem too.