Washing Dishes


  • Wash only full loads; it costs the same amount to wash one dish as a whole load
  • Air-dry dishes. Open the door and dishes will dry faster. The "rinse-hold" cycle consumes up to seven gallons of hot water.
  • Hand wash dishes in cold water for later washing.
  • Fill the dishwasher with detergent before running. Dry detergent may cake, while liquid can leak.

Washing by Hand

  • Rinse dishes in groups instead of one at a time and wait until you have a sink full.
  • Don't leave the water running.