To decrease your water consumption scrape your dishes instead of rinsing them before putting them in the dishwasher
Do you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?
Kitchen faucets output around 2 gallons (6 liters) per minute. Older faucets have flows that are even 3 times faster than that. So if you’re spending more than a minute rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, this would mean 730 gallons (2190 liters) a year for each meal you have at home.
Dishwashers use less than 5 gallons (18 liters) per wash. So you are likely doubling how much water the cleaning process uses if you rinse even for one minute !
But ok. I get it…
You probably believe dishes will come out cleaner if you rinse before, right? Because, believe me, they won’t. Practically all manufacturers and even dishwasher detergent brands will tell you this (but check out some links below if you don’t want to take my word for it). Just make sure you follow the directions for cleaning the filters at the bottom of your machine once and a while!
Or maybe you’re afraid that your dishwasher will get clogged if you stop rinsing? Well don’t be. Rinsing is not the best option to throw away what remains on your plate before putting it in the washer.
What do we recommend? Using a spatula! It’s easy, clean, and even faster than rinsing since you don’t have to stop by the kitchen sink =)
Oh, and of course! If you want to save water: don’t forget to completely fill-up the dishwasher with dishes before you start it. And as always, make sure you do your research for the most energy and water efficient dishwasher if you do have to replace your machine.