Follow these sustainability tips to save up to 70% of the water and 60% of the energy you normally use when doing the dishes:
Fill one side with warm water for soaking and washing. Fill the other side with cold water for rinsing.
Add dish soap to the warm water side, but not too much. Find the right balance of suds, as creating too many can retain grease and food soils instead of letting them settle to the bottom of the sink.
Create an efficient game plan
Dispose of any remaining waste and soak the dishes in the warm water. While the toughest dishes are soaking, start cleaning the easier ones. Then rinse in the cold water and set them aside to dry.
Prefer direct application of soap to dishes?
If you prefer direct application of dish soap instead of filling up the sink, turn the water off when not in use. You can also install a low-flow faucet aerator. You’ll achieve the same dishwashing-power, and you’ll be saving water every time you turn on the tap. For this approach, try using Dawn® Platinum Erasing Dish Foam. Just one pump and a damp sponge, and a sink full of dishes is done.
Fix leaky faucets
Even small, slow drips can waste up to 30 gallons of water a day. Be sure to keep your faucets, toilets, appliances, showers, and tubs in good working order year round.
The fewer dishes you use, the less there is to clean
With fewer dishes to wash, you save water, energy, and time. So try reusing utensils while prepping, serving food in the pots you cooked them in (versus serving bowls), and turning the water on only when absolutely necessary.
Collect cold water.
If it takes a minute or two for water to get warm enough for dishwashing, don’t waste cold water. Fill a pot and save it for future use—like for cooking or watering plants.