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Lick Your Dishes

January 11, 2016

Yes we said lick your dishes. Or use a bread slice to wipe it clean. The main focus is to mop up every last morsel leaving no food behind. Hand-washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water. By leaving few food scraps as possible it makes cleaning easier and ultimately uses less water. 

There are a few other ways to have shiny, clean plates without using a lot of water. First, use a dishwasher. Water- and energy-efficient dishwashers use as little as 4.5 gallons, which is much less than washing dishes by hand. Save even more by only running the dishwasher when it’s completely full!

If you don’t have a dishwasher or prefer to wash by hand, try only using a soapy wet sponge. Use the minimum amount of soap to get the job done and leave your faucet off until you’re ready to rinse all the dishes at once. See extra savings by installing a low-flow aerator. Standard faucets have a flow rate of about five gallons per minute. By adding a low-flow aerator you can reduce that to about 1.5 gallons per minute or less. 

Another way to turn your dishwashing into a water-efficient opportunity is to save the water in which you rinsed your dishes. This leftover water, known as “grey water” can be used again to water plants or the next load of dishes. Remember the water you used to boil the potatoes? Save it to defrost frozen foods, boil more potatoes, wash your dishes, or water your plants! Make sure you filter out any food scraps to avoid a clogged drain or tiny, unwanted houseguests. 

Then again, why clean your dishes when you could just as easily eat them with your meal? The innovators at Do Eat have created a line of 100% edible and eco-friendly dishware that is created out of a potato starch. Customizable with natural edible inks, these containers can be used in your oven or even a deep fryer. As an added bonus, they are gluten-free.