Recently, I have made the decision to wash all of the dishes in my house by hand. The dishwasher that came with the house that I reside in is not energy efficient. Therefore, I felt guilty about using it.
At first, I thought about investing in a new energy efficient dishwasher. However, it soon occurred to me that it made more sense to just use my own two hands to get all of my dishes clean. So with that in mind, I started to only use my old dishwasher as a drying rack for all of the dishes that I wash by hand.
Doing the dishes by hand is pretty simple and straightforward. However, the way most people wash their dishes is less than friendly toward the environment. For instance, I have seen many people let the water run endlessly while working on their pile of dishes. This is a waste of water since it is unnecessary to have the water faucet constantly running like that.
So what is the eco-friendly way to wash your dishes by hand? It is to use as little water and soap as you possibly can. To do so, place the dirty dishes in a dish pan and fill it up with warm water. Then add a few teaspoons of soap to the dish pan. If you do not own a dish pan, you can feel free to use one side of your double sink instead. Then use the other side of the sink or another dish pan to fill with water that you are going to use to rinse away the dishwashing soap.