Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher

You must know it: Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher?

All the people who are obsessed with the greenhouse technology and effect knows the constant debate out there. Back in 2005, a study by the University of Bonn shows that dishwashers are best to use in washing your dishes with half of the energy being use and less water as well. In fact, in reality much as change in in terms of diswashing technology since then and certainly not the traditional way of washing dishes with your hands. However, fifteen years is a long time, so it’s worth seeing if something has changed.

Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher
Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher

It turns out that a new study has came in out in an Enviromental research communications searching for answers on the subject. The question is whether or not the dishwasher is most efficient, which has not changed because it still wins but only when it is used properly. This means using best practices by washing all the dishes first, using good quality detergent and ensure the washer is on the proper timer. The diswasher must be fully loaded, which three quarters of the participants in study reported doing anyway.

In the same way people use bad practice with the washer machie they also use bad practices with their hands, namely leaving the water running by scrubbing away. The best way to wash dishes is to rinse them all at once, lather them up well and then to rinse them off all together in the final rinse in your sink. Avoid using a kitchen towel to dry them off because towels can carry bacteria and nobody wants to catch a germ. Instead invest in a large rack and dry when there a too many dishes in your counter.

You would think that a dishwasher would have water constantly flowing while washing each load, however, that is not the case, quite the contrary, today’s machine have a sophisticated series of jet and filters that use and reuse the same amount of gallons of water for each load. To compare, washing a full load of dishes drinks up to ten to fifteen gallons depending on the efficiency of your sink.

Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher
Should you be washing dishes by hand or dishwasher

Dishwashers far prevail when it comes to water use. The projected stats are as follows: over the course of ten years, a dishwasher will use 16300 gallons water with daily use while washing with hands will use half the amount. Before you run out to a buy a new washer lets point out a study in question which was sponsored by Whirlpool and that the participants were the employees, who should, in theory be better than most people loading a machine. Still, the stats were run by independent researchers from the University of Michigan, which is slightly more encouraging.

Last, but not least, one huge advantage of the dishwasher is the fact that it saves a lot of time. It would take about twenty minutes to properly wash the number of dishes that an average machine contains, but only five minutes to load a dishwasher and move on with your life. This is a most valuable time you could use to read to your child or try on that beautiful dress you bought last week. All is fine and well but what if you don’t have a dishwasher or don’t have the money or space to buy and put one? Not to worry you can find some more cheaper options and some more portable exists that hook up to the sink to avoid some major renovations.

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