Ethical Water Use In The Kitchen

Your washing the dishes, loading the dishwasher. There is about two dishes that need to be hand-washed, and there’s space for a few more dishes in the dishwasher. What do you do?  You fill the sink with soapy water in order to wash the last couple dishes, then you wait until there are enough dishes to wash it. If you have to wait too long, several of the dishes won’t wash because they have stuff dried on them.  Or, the more common issue, you need some of the dishes sitting in the dirty dishwasher, so you end up pulling them out and washing them by hand anyways…

If we wait to run the dishwasher until it is completely full, why do we fill a sink full of soapy water just to wash two pans? What is the most ethical way to take care the dishes? Why don’t we wash everything at the end of the day, or when there is enough to be at least 3/4 full? This way, you will always have the clean dishes you need, you will never have a disgusting sink full of dirty dishes waiting for the dishwasher to get done, and your dishwasher will be able to wash each dish more thoroughly by putting fewer dishes in the dishwasher in the first place.

Is it entirely unethical to run the dishwasher when it is almost full? What are your thoughts?


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