Why It's Not A Bad Idea To Run Your Dishwasher Even When It's Not Completely Full

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.15 - 2023 10:03 AM CET

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Why It's Not A Bad Idea To Run Your Dishwasher Even When It's Not Completely Full.

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Do you usually wait until it's full every time? If you're standing in front of your half-filled dishwasher, pondering whether to press the "start" button or wait for a full load, you're not alone. This is a common dilemma that often sparks lively debate among homeowners. None of us want to waste water, and none of us want a dirty kitchen.

But it's time to stop stressing. Your dishwasher is designed to be a water-saving genius, so there's no harm in running a half load.

Far Better Than Hand Washing

According to DenOffentlige, modern research shows that hand washing dishes wastes far more water than your efficient dishwasher. Even a half-filled dishwasher is more efficient than washing by hand.

It's estimated that running a dishwasher with only eight place settings saves water compared to hand washing.

Of course, the most efficient way to use your dishwasher is with a full load, as this helps you make the most of your wash cycle... but a half load still doesn't hurt.

How and when you run your dishwasher is up to your preferences. In the winter months, it might be a good idea to run it at night, as electricity prices are usually lower during that time.

Why It's a Good Idea

If you run a half load, you prevent food from drying on your dishes while waiting for a full load, and it uses less water than hand washing and rinsing.

If you're in a hurry and don't want to wait, a half load is a good way to go.

For the environmentally conscious, you can maximize your dishwasher's efficiency by waiting for a full load. Combine this with using eco-friendly dishwashing detergent, and you're well on your way to a green dishwashing routine.

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