Eco Friendly Dishwashing Guide
We do it every day, but washing dishes still confuses many people. It might seem simple, but there are many ways you could make dishwashing more eco friendly, whether you have a sleek modern dishwasher or like to do it by hand.
We’ve put together this eco friendly dishwashing guide to help make sure you’re washing as efficiently as possible, cutting down on water and energy use, and always using the best tools for the job.
Doing the dishes by hand can waste a lot of water if you don’t do it carefully. Always make sure you fill up a bowl with water and dish soap instead of leaving the faucet running. If you’re washing with hot soapy water, you can rinse with cold water to save energy.
TIP: Use the soft side of your sponge when cleaning glassware as the rough side can create scratches. These might not show at first, but limescale can build up in the imperfections, making glass cloudy or dull over time.
As well as water waste, many of the most popular dish soaps are causing serious harm to the environment. They use ingredients derived from petrochemicals and crude oil, that won’t biodegrade when they get washed away, and wreak havoc with the aquatic ecosystem. Always choose a dish soap that is made with biodegradable ingredients and is certified safe for marine life.
Using your dishwasher
Modern dishwashers use much less water compared to hand-washing, but only if you’re doing it right. Only run the machine when it’s full and choose the eco setting if you have one. Skipping the dry cycle and leaving the door open for dishes to air dry will also save energy.
Many dishwasher tablets contain phosphates, which get washed into streams, rivers and lakes. They cause algae to reproduce faster than normal, which blocks sunlight and causes an oxygen imbalance, ultimately killing marine life. There’s now a limit on the number of phosphates that can be used in dishwasher tablets, but it’s best to avoid them completely if you can. Another ingredient to watch out for is chlorine, which is toxic to marine life and can release fumes that are harmful to humans.
Another problem with dishwasher tablets is their packaging. While many still come in plastic bags that can’t be recycled, we pack ours in cardboard. Each tablet is wrapped in a plant-based soluble coating, meaning there’s no need to unwrap it before use and saving unnecessary plastic waste.
The all-in-one tablets cut through grease and dried-on food with ease. As they contain rinse aid, they leave dishes sparkling and streak free, even on short cycles and at low temperatures. The ingredients are biodegradable and free from palm oil, plus they’re vegan and cruelty free. Find them in packs of 25 or 72.
You might keep your rinse aid dispenser topped up, but do you know what it’s for? Well, for starters, it has more to do with how your dishes dry than how they clean. It contains specially-formulated ingredients to stop water droplets forming, which helps them dry faster. It is also water repellent, so it stops spots being left behind by minerals in the water when it evaporates.
Our Rinse Aid formula uses natural ingredients to make sure water marks, smears and streaks don’t dull your dishware. It’s a long-lasting formula and will be available soon.
Keeping your dishwasher clean
Malfunctions caused by dirt and limescale are a common problem for dishwashers, and can cause them to stop working effectively. Keeping your machine clean is essential, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours scrubbing it between cycles.
Our Washing Machine & Dishwasher Cleaner tablets make maintaining your appliances effortless. Just put one tablet in the machine each month and run it without any dishes inside. It’ll help clean and descale the machine and all the connecting pipework too.
If your dishwasher hasn’t had a clean for a long time, try our Machine Cleaner. It’s a full-service deep cleaning solution that will power through the toughest limescale and detergent build up, while eliminating bacteria and odours. Use it as a one-off treatment to ensure maximum appliance performance.
Soft water is essential for making sure your dishwasher does a good job. As well as cleaning more effectively than hard water, it also limits limescale build up in your machine. If you need a little extra help in this area, try our Magnoball. It’s a reusable water softening solution that helps show the effects of limescale removal in the wash process after around five washes. It’s a simple design that features two magnets encased in a silicone sphere, which goes in with your dishes during washing.
So, there we have it. There are so many simple ways you can limit your impact on the environment when doing the dishes. If you’ve got any other tips, let us know over on our Instagram post!