It’s time to stop handwashing your dishes, here’s why

A common household debate – should you be handwashing dishes or using the dishwasher?

An old school of thought may have led you to believe that the dishwasher used far more energy and water than quickly hand-washing your pots and pans, but this myth has been well and truly busted!

If you still need convincing, here are some reasons you need to stop handwashing and trust your dishwasher:

Water and energy usage

In comparison to scrubbing, rinsing and drying a full dishwasher loads worth of dishes, loading and unloading the dishwasher is far less time consuming!

The dishwasher also uses significantly less water than hand washing, saving up to 5,000 of water gallons a year!

Sanitary Cleaning

A dishwasher’s water reaches temperatures that your hands can’t handle, up to 120-140 degrees! This means they receive a deeper clean, killing bacteria and effectively sterilizing dishes. The dishwasher provides a full wash and rinse cycle ensuring that dishes are rinsed with clean water after they are washed. This combined with the water temperature ensures squeaky clean and sanitized dishes!

Keep your hands young

Constantly immersing your hands in water and chemicals takes can take its toll on your hands and strip your skin of natural oils, leaving them dry.

Whilst hand-washing dishes may seem more economical in the short term, the evidence suggests otherwise!

Tips for using the dishwasher:

  • Always rinse dishes before loading them
  • Use the dishwasher when it is full
  • If not full, use a shorter or more economic cycle option if your machine has one.

By following these tips and using your dishwasher on an energy efficient setting you’ll save a significant amount of money, energy and time compared to hand washing your dishes and lets not forget, your hands will thank you for it!