What uses more water: washing dishes in a dishwasher or washing dishes by hand? A high-efficiency dishwasher uses less water and can clean dishes better than you according to such experts at Consumer Reports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and others.
Dishwashers can save more water and use hotter temperatures —140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit — to get your dishes really clean, according to “Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand,” by the Washington Post.
“Modern dishwashers also often include an increasing number of high-tech features that are just better at cleaning than we are — the design of the racks, the spray of the water jets and other aspects have been tailored to improve performance.”
Not only do modern dishwashers do a better job at cleaning, they know how much energy to use per load, thanks to advanced soil sensors.
Save even more water by not pre-rinsing your dishes before you stick them in the dishwasher. It’s ok to scrap food particles off the dishes themselves, but pre-rinsing is unnecessary with today’s modern dishwashers.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your dishwasher, here are some loading tips:
- Load large items at the side and back so they don’t block the water spray
- Face the soiled surfaces inward so they’re hit by the spray.
- Load Silverware and cups on an angle so water can run off the bottoms and dry properly.
- Keep your dirtiest dishes towards the center of the rack.
- Don’t overfill your dishwasher; you want to allow water to circulate among items for proper cleaning.
- Check to make sure you are using the proper amount of detergent. Most people overfill which can actually lead to poorer cleaning results and can clog parts in your dishwasher.