Dishwasher Benefits Continued – Water Use

Full place setting with cutlery

The idea that a dishwasher uses a lot of water every time it goes through a full cycle is a common misunderstanding. In reality, a dishwasher doesn’t use as much water as you might think and is more efficient than handwashing your dishes – saving you money and time.

On average a dishwasher uses 12 litres of water per cycle. This means a family of 4 could save on average 51 litres of water per load, compared to handwashing. Can you imagine being able to hygienically clean 144 items with 12 litres of water?

By switching to a dishwasher, the amount of water saved over a year, compared to handwashing dishes is equivalent to 14,311 litres, that’s the same almost 3 average sized African elephants over a year!

Tips for saving water:

By using a dishwasher, you are already saving water compared to washing up by hand. But the opportunity to reduce your water consumption and save money on your bills doesn’t stop there. Here are a few ways that you can make sure you are saving as much water as you can when you use your dishwasher.

  1. Avoid pre-rinsing your plates

Whilst it can feel as if pre-rinsing your dishes ensures they come out cleaner at the end of the cycle, this isn’t necessarily true and on average you waste about 27 tons of water a year pre-washing plates[1]. Instead, just scrape away any excess food and use Finish Quantum to ensure your dishes are sparkling clean after every cycle.

  1. Fully load your dishwasher

Although your dishwasher is going to save more water than handwashing, you should still make sure you always make the most out of the space that your dishwasher has. If you don’t manage to completely fill the dishwasher, it is recommended that you not start the cycle till you have fully loaded it. This way you are taking full advantage of the dishwasher’s water efficiency. Otherwise you could be using twice the amount of water to wash the same amount of dishes – a quick way to double the cost of your water bill. Depending on the size of the dishwasher, it can actually fit in up to 12 place settings!

  1. Think about how you’re stacking your dishwasher

The spray arms are usually dotted with holes for water to pass through and blast off the food stains. They can usually be found at the bottom of the dishwasher and just under the top rack. When stacking your dishwasher it is important that they are free from obstacles so they can spin and effectively distribute water.

Not only is having a dishwasher more efficient in terms of water saving, but ultimately it can also help free up your time to spend it with your family and friends. Take a look at tips on how to load your dishwasher to help you stack your dishes and make the most out of the space in your machine for every cycle.