Saving Money and the Environment with your Dishwasher

Here’s a quick tip – don’t fill both soap receptacles in your dishwasher with soap.  Just fill the pre-wash one (and don’t even fill it completely).  This means that you use half as much soap and your dishes get rinsed twice, assuring that all detergent residue is gone.  For a bonus, use an environmentally-friendly detergent.  We use Seventh Generation.  (Conventional dishwasher soap is full of crazily-toxic chemicals, both for you and the environment, specifically the Bay for us.)

We’ve been doing this for about a month now and our dishes are just as clean as they ever were!

This post is for Works For Me Wednesday.

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3 Responses to Saving Money and the Environment with your Dishwasher

  1. Nicole says:

    Funny, I’ve always done that!

  2. 'Becca says:

    I totally agree! We just got a dishwasher two months ago and have never even tried filling the soap receptacle completely, but it does a great job. We use Bi-O-Kleen powder. We also don’t use the “heated dry” setting but just pull out the racks and let the dishes air-dry for a couple hours, and some of them are dry enough to put away immediately.

    By the way, today’s dishwashers use less water and energy than washing dishes by hand, so they really are pretty environmentally friendly!

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