Don’t dish out when you do the dishes. About 8-14% of water used in the home is dished out in the kitchen tap and dishwasher. Here’s some quick tips for saving water and time too.   

1) Use a bowl

The results are in: washing up with a sink bowl is the most popular water saving item in the UK. Are you on tap of the trends? Washing up with a sink bowl uses on average 60% less water than leaving the tap running. You can also use the bowl to rinse vegetables and fruit, give yourself a mini spa treatment, or soak and hand wash clothes. Available from IKEA and most supermarkets.  

2) Stack it up

If you have a dishwasher, remember to always fill it up before running -and experiment with the different settings available. Many modern machines offer ‘Eco’ or ‘Economy’ settings that use less water and energy while providing the same quality wash as the normal setting. Check your user manual for water consumption information or, if the information is not provided, contact the manufacturer.

3) Pre-rinsing is so last year

Avoid pre-rinsing. With many modern dishwashers and detergents tablets, you no longer have to pre-rinse your dishes before loading them into the machine – simply scrape off the leftovers into your rubbish bin or compost heap, and then place in your machine.

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