We know that sometimes it’s just simply more convenient to wash dishes by hand rather than run the dishwasher for a small load. However, there is substantial evidence that suggests that it is not a good idea to hand wash dishes if it can be avoided. Our plumbers in Laguna Niguel have put together this list of reasons why you may want to stop washing dishes by hand.
Lessen Your Carbon Footprint
If you have ever wondered about ways to conserve water and lessen your carbon footprint on our planet, you will be pleased to discover that upgrading your dishwasher–or installing one for the first time–is a great way to reduce your water usage and help the environment at the same time. This is because it is more energy-efficient all the way around to use a dishwasher than to wash dishes by hand. This is particularly true if you opt for a new, energy efficient model when selecting a dishwasher. These units save a tremendous amount of water over time, and in certain cases, can save you more than double the amount of water you would use to wash the same load of dishes by hand.
Take it Easy on Your Pipes
When washing dishes by hand, some folks have the tendency to dump large food debris, grease, fats, or starchy foods down the drain, relying on the garbage disposal to make them disappear. However, the items we just mentioned all have the ability to clog your garbage disposal — as well as your pipes. If possible, we recommend scraping off all dishes and cooking equipment directly into the garbage can, and placing them in the dishwasher, provided that the dish or equipment is dishwasher safe.
Lower Your Water Bill
Dishwashers not only help the planet, they also benefit you financially! When you use less water, your monthly water bill decreases simultaneously. This can only serve as an advantage to your household budget. It may look like a small amount at first, but it will add up quickly as the months go on and any time you can avoid wasting money, it is wise to do so.
Eliminate Unnecessary Exposure to Bacteria
You may have heard that sponges harbor a broad range of bacteria. In fact, certain studies have shown that the average kitchen sponge may host more germs than a toilet seat. Although excess food particles are washed away, you are ultimately adding bacteria to the surface of utensils and dishes when you wash them with a sponge. Dishwashers, on the other hand, clear away the majority of bacteria on your plates, cups and utensils. Of course, you can certainly replace your sponges on a regular basis, but this is a money-wasting, temporary solution to a long-term problem.
You may not realize how time-consuming it is to wash dishes by hand, particularly if you have a large family. You may even spend up to an hour a day on this task, especially if you eat most of your meals at home. Obviously, there are more enjoyable activities that you would probably rather do than wash dishes. Time flies and hours add up, and therefore you should consider switching to an energy-efficient dishwasher and enjoying the convenience it brings.
If you want a lower water bill, less bacteria on your dishes and utensils, and a more convenient way to wash dishes, invest in an energy efficient, environmentally-friendly dishwasher. Finally, if you are experiencing any plumbing issues, feel free to contact us without delay with your questions and concerns or to schedule an in-home estimate for repairs or the addition of new kitchen appliances.