washing dishes vs. dishwasher

Changing our habits to save the environment is an everyday challenge that needs to be met! One topic up for debate is washing dishes by hand versus using a dishwasher to wash dishes.

One solution shows washing dishes in a dishwasher are better because it uses less water than washing by hand. However dishwashers are energy efficient appliances when the rack is full of dishes, dishes not cleaned in advance, using less heat and having a newer model. The other solution shows washing dishes by hand are better than a dishwasher because people use the dishwasher for a handful of dishes and it may not be eco-friendly. This only works with a sink full of water and dishes without using running water to rinse the dishes.

Because there are two answers to this question what is the real solution? Because of the flip flop answers I personally believe the real solution comes from washing habits. The first thing to consider is the time it takes to wash dishes vs. using a dishwasher. Using a dishwasher may be effortless but can be a problem if there are no more clean dishes.

Another consideration is water. Don’t use water to wash each dish. It’s always a good idea, if you have one, to make sure you have an energy and water efficient dishwasher. Dishwashers that aren’t use more water and make hand washing a better option. The energy used to wash dishes is another one. High or heated dry settings use more energy than washing by hand. Taking these considerations and making the effort to change those habits can make washing by hand better than a dishwasher.