How to Live Green: 5 Eating Changes That Have the Biggest Environmental Benefits (Page 6)

Use The Dishwasher

5. Use The Dishwasher

Washing by hand wastes more water. According to the EPA, hand washing a load of dishes uses around 27 gallons of water vs. 4 gallons used by an energy-­efficient dishwasher. So load up the dishwasher and use environmentally friendly detergents. And don’t pre-rinse too much. Detergents today need some grime and grease to be activated, so if your dishes are too clean going in, the detergent won’t work. (Yes, really!)

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