Dishwasher

  • Use it. Did you know it takes less water to wash a load of dishes in the dishwasher (about 10 gallons) than to wash them by hand (about 16 gallons)?
  • Run a full load. The one time it’s OK to pile dirty dishes in the sink—when you’re trying to accumulate enough to fill the washer.
  • Shorten the cycle. Don’t select the drawn-out “pots and pans” cycle if you’re only cleaning plates, glasses and silverware.
  • Air-dry dishes. Skip the drying cycle altogether, and let dishes air out naturally.
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