Use your dishwasher more often! And use less energy and less water.

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Yes. I was surprised too! Researchers at the University of Bonn found out that a modern dishwasher in Europe is (in general) more efficient than washing by hand. Washing by hand uses approx. 2 times more energy and approx. 6x more water than a dishwasher. (Study of the University of Bonn)

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  • let the dish in your machine air drying
  • do not wash dishes before putting in the machine
    (That was also a big surprise for me, as I learnt from my mother to rinse all dishes before. However, I found out, that it works)
  • turn machine on only, if it is full
  • get an A++ label dishwasher
  • use the programs to a low temperature: 55 ° C is sufficient !
  • try the “save time” button (I recently discovered, that our dishwasher has such a button and that it does the job as good as the full time). Do not confuse with the 1/2 load button, like I did ;-)IMG_9805

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Sun-Allin1-NL-450x450_tcm164-317983Sun products are phosphate-free and therefore better for the environment.
In addition, the packaging of the tablets are 100% recyclable. Learn more about the benefit washing with dishwasher and about SUN products and practice your Dutch: Check this webpage from SUN

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The Guardian “What’s the carbon footprint of … doing the dishes?”

  • Almost zero CO2: by hand in cold water (but the plates aren’t clean)
  • 540g CO2: by hand, using water sparingly and not too hot (which almost none does)
  • 770g CO2: in a dishwasher at 55°C
  • 990g CO2: in a dishwasher at 65°C
  • 8000g CO2: by hand, with extravagant use of water
“According to plenty of anecdotal evidence and the above mentioned  study, few people are really careful with hot water when washing up. If instead you leave the hot tap running – as many people do – then the footprint is far higher than using a dishwasher. And even if you do wash up carefully by hand, compared with the dishwasher you still lose out both on hygiene (with nearly 400 times more bacteria left on the dishes after washing) and time (taking nearly four times as long as loading the dishwasher).”

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1. Don’t use running water. 
Fill up a pot/sink/bucket with hot/warm soapy water to first scrub all your dishes and pot/sink/bucket with clear hot water to rinse quickly.

Glasses first, then cutlery followed by plates, and lastly pots. Use the hot rinse water to clean down table surfaces before tipping it away.

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2. Let drip dry 

Do not dirty a dishcloth, which then needs to be washed (which has also hygiene issues). If you cleanse in a pot with hot water, there will be no stains.

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