About 10% of a household’s water consumption is spent on washing dishes. This therefore represents an important pool that we can focus on to save money and protect the planet. In that respect, the installation of a dishwasher wins the prize! A dishwasher needs 9 to 15 liters of water to clean twelve place settings, while washing hands takes about 42 liters for the same amount of dishes. We also know that if you leave the tap open for a minute, about twelve liters of water will be lost. Also, washing dishes by hand is not the most ecological and economical idea to save water. But even if we don’t want to waste this precious blue gold anymore, we don’t necessarily have the budget to afford this expensive device. So as a replacement we will have to be cunning and these eco-responsible tips are ideal for that!
Find out how to avoid water wastage and lower your bills a bit!
1) Avoid mistakes that make dishes difficult (and thus avoid water savings)
Sometimes we pick up bad habits when we wash our dishes by hand. It is therefore advisable to be wary of automatisms and errors that make cleaning less efficient. To do the dishes properly and save water, you should:
–Proceed in the correct order. Wash less soiled first (glasses, cutlery, etc.), then move on to the dishes and finally the pots and pans.
–Limit the amount of detergent used. Applying too much product will not wash better. Plus you will have a hard time rinsing it off which will waste water!
–Prevent the dishes from piling up. Clean the cutlery and plates while you’re at it so that dirt and food particles don’t settle.
–Make sure to clear the plates. The more residue you remove, the easier it will be to clean. Take the time to scrape each plate well with a fork.
–Use the right tools. If necessary, in addition to a frequently changed scouring pad, use a brush or wire sponge.
–Use the right products. Instead of cleaning a burnt pan with lots of water, use ash, citric acid, or even black soap to clean it.
–Install a pressure regulator. This ensures better control of the water flow.
2) Use two bathtubs to wash dishes and save water
If your sink has two spaces, you can use it smartly. Otherwise, it is possible to use a sink on the worktop next to the sink to achieve the same result. You can then put the dirty dishes to soak in a tub of cold water, dish soap and why not a dash of vinegar (degreaser, stain remover and cleaner)? You can take the elements one by one to clean them. In the other tank, put some water that you will use for rinsing. You can change the clean water during the wash if it becomes too foamy.
3) Save the cooking water
Boiling water (vegetables, pasta, rice or even eggs) can be very useful. You can also let them cool to water the plants (unsalted) or apply them to the weeds while they are cooking to remove them (especially if they are salty). Instead of letting them end their lives in the pipes, you can also use them to soak heavily soiled plates and cutlery. This will help degrease them, especially if it is salted or starchy cooking water. The hand wash is then automatic!
4) Wash the dishes in cold water as soon as possible
Certainly, cold water does not dissolve grease, burnt residue and baked-on dirt, nor does warm water. So you run the risk of wasting more water by doing everything with cold water. She will be though ample for the least soiled cutlery, plates and glasses. Prefer hot water for pots and difficult cleaning where stubborn stains warrant it.
5) Remember that all water is precious!
The smallest gesture is important so as not to waste this precious commodity! So besides the fact of never let the water run for no reason, feel free to keep the water cold that lets you run while you wait for the water to get hot. Kept in a salad bowl, tap water can be used to rinse soapy dishes, do housework, or rinse the sink when you’re done!