Make your dishwasher more sustainable with these easy tips

If you have a dishwasher at home, then it's worthwhile learning how to be more sustainable when using it. By following these top tips, you can save water, energy and reduce pollution!

Fully loaded: Make sure you load up your machine every timeA dishwasher containing just one plate uses the exact same amount of water as a fully loaded machine. Always ensure your dishwasher is packed full before you switch it on. You will save water and energy. Also, watch out that you've packed it correctly, usually putting bigger items at the back of the machine and everything standing upright or in a way that water will clean the whole item. This will ensure everything get's washed properly and will save you having to re-wash things, which wastes water.

Wipe, don't rinse
Rinsing plates and other items, either under the tap or by using a dishwasher pre-rinse program, can use a lot of excess water before you even start washing your dishes. Save water by wiping your dishes with a damp sponge or cloth before you place them in the dishwasher.

Read through the instruction booklet
Ensure you're aware of the different functions and options available on your appliance as many products have eco-friendly wash alternatives. Energy-save or eco-programs wash your items at a lower temperature and use less water during the cycle. That's better for the environment and uses less water and electricity, which will save you money on bills

Compare the energy star ratingThe star rating gives a quick comparative assessment of the model's energy efficiency, and should provide an estimate of the annual energy consumption of the appliance. The more stars the better; a five star water rating can help you save 21,000 litres of water a year – that's a heap of money saved on water bills.

Make your own dishwashing liquid/powder
You can either choose a dishwashing liquid/powder made from natural ingredients, or make your own in order to reduce the amount of chemical pollution your dishwasher creates.

Check out some ideas for homemade dishwashing detergent here and here.

Consider ditching your dishwasher!
Sure, this is a pretty big change if you've gotten used to relying on your dishwasher, but the vast majority of people in the world wash their dishes by hand, using muscle power to get rid of grime and grease.

You can even make your own dish soap at home for hand-washing using this awesome recipe.

What are your tip tips for saving energy in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!

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