Science says never hand wash your dishes again

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Science Says Never Hand Wash Your Dishes Again

Science says we should ditch hand washing the dishes.

A new writeup from Consumer Reports says we should load up dirty dishes in the dishwasher as much as possible.You can skip the pre-rinse step to start saving water on top of valuable time and money.

Switching to your dishwasher adds up to saving more than 6,000 gallons of wasted water per household, per year. So just scrape off excess food from your plate, and run the dishwasher on full loads to start seeing noticeable results.

Still need another reason not to hand wash? Our hands can't take the heat. To properly clean our dishes, the temperature needs to be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit and our hands are not meant to handle that heat level. Plus, your kitchen sponge has been proven to be one of the nastiest, germ-filled items in your home.

Finally, we just don't get dishes as clean as a dishwasher can with its energy efficient jets that do more than our hands. As Consumer Reports says, we should just "let the dishwasher do its job."

If you don't currently own a dishwasher at home, check out these tips from Martha Stewart to do it as efficiently as possible. First, use a plastic dish tub or line the sink with a mat to conserve water. Be sure to fill the tub with just one or two squirts of dishwashing liquid instead of squirting lots of soap onto the sponge. Definitely use the hotter the water, the more likely glass and silver will dry without spots and streaks.

Try out these time and water saving tricks and let us know your results in the comments below!

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