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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit you will wash your dishes without a dishwasher.



Here are some related threads.
  - Washing Dishes by Hand vs Dishwasher
  - Can You Wash Dishes Without Soap?
  - Low water technique hand washing dishes
  - A Way to Rinse Dishes with Little Water

Here are some related articles.
  - Hand Wash Dishes with Minimal Water
  - No Waste Way to Wash Dishes
  - How to Hand Wash Dishes
  - Washing Dishes by Hand
  - Why I Prefer Washing Dishes by Hand








To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - wash dishes without a dishwasher
      - use minimal soap
          - must be greywater friendly soap (the soap usually says "greywater safe" or "readily biodegradable")
      - fill a dishwasher with clean dishes using less than 3 gallons of water
          - or approximate equivalent
              - might require five rounds in a small dish rack
          - yes, you are using the dishwasher as a dish drying rack

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of the dirty dishes in the sink
 - post a progress picture of the dishes being washed
 - post a picture of the completed dishes with obviously less than 3 gallons water used
 - describe the soap used, its grey water friendliness, and a link to the verifiable biodegradeable dish soap
 - OR post a 2 minute video of you washing the dishes by hand
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We always wash dishes by hand. Used considerably less water this go round than I usually do. However, no required pic of the water used. Or one of the table as we usually eat in the living room, or in my case, carry it into the bedroom. Your call on badge bit.
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Dirty dishes ready to be washed
Dirty dishes ready to be washed
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Clean counter
Clean counter
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Clean stove
Clean stove
 
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This may be too much Permaculture According to Erica, but here's my dishwashing routine from our Tennessee shelter, two days ago.

Here's the set-up, with the dirty dishes stacked to the right.


Here's the water I started with (from our spring, running great right now)


That suck on fried egg was no match for a pine cone!





Clean!


Water left.






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How can it be "too permie"? I think you got me whupped with my kitchen sink and appliances and such.
Good going!!!
 
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Bill Anderson wrote:We always wash dishes by hand. Used considerably less water this go round than I usually do. However, no required pic of the water used. Or one of the table as we usually eat in the living room, or in my case, carry it into the bedroom. Your call on badge bit.



I'm thinking Paul would like a picture of the water Thankfully, dishes get washed a lot!
 
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Bill Anderson wrote:How can it be "too permie"? I think you got me whupped with my kitchen sink and appliances and such.
Good going!!!


Well, this is only my set-up a month out of the year, when we're camping. I do watch other people wash dishes sometimes, though, and wonder at the water use!
 
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Dirty dishes pile up if you turn your back!
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Dirty dishes
Dirty dishes
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Cleaning dirty dishes
Cleaning dirty dishes
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Counter clean again
Counter clean again
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- post a picture of the dirty dishes in the sink


- post a progress picture of the dishes being washed
- post a picture of the completed dishes with obviously less than 3 gallons water used


Clean dishes and sink!
   
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Days of dishes  had piled up, stuff from making pie, from baking bread, having company for tea, etc.  Used biodegradable liquid with a felted wool sponge and then a small amount of Bon Ami and a copper scrubber for the cookie sheet.

Trick is first to go start with just non oily dishes, glass ware, in the sink, when that is done go to next dirty group of items, and second to keep the water off when washing, and to group to rinse, for example scrub off each piece of silver wear under water and set to the other side of the sink and then when they are all over to the right to turn the water on and rinse as a group.

No water was let out of the sink and all dishes were rinse with a water stream that went into the sink and I let it sit after I was done to verify none was leaking out the drain so the final water picture is all wash and rinse water used. The biodegradable dish soap was in the water and it works without showing much duds to speak of. You use less when it is in the wash water.  By the end there were 2 oily pans and the water wasn't enough, so a little was put straight on the sponge for those two itemd
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Big pile of dirty dishes
Big pile of dirty dishes
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Some of the dishes cleaned
Some of the dishes cleaned
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Clean dishes
Clean dishes
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Clean pans
Clean pans
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Washed our dinner dishes in the sink. I let the water dribble into the sink as I wash. I put a bit of soap in one of the jars that needs to be washed, and use that as my soapy water to scrub with. The soap was made by a local homesteader (just coconut oil, lye, and lemon essential oil. NOT super fatted).
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Dishes waiting to be washed
Dishes waiting to be washed
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Water dribbling out
Water dribbling out
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Total amount of water used for hand washing
Total amount of water used for hand washing
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All clean and ready for use
All clean and ready for use
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I recognize that I need to do more than this to equal how much goes in a dishwasher. Consider this part one.

 
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More dishes washed--this plus the amount in my previous post is the amount that fills my dishwasher.
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Dishes waiting to be washed
Dishes waiting to be washed
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Scrubbing dishes
Scrubbing dishes
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How much water i used
How much water i used
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Pile of clean dishes
Pile of clean dishes
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I do this every day for work, at least 1 meal a shift. I'll include further loads of dishes as needed, though the 2 clients in question rarely need enough dishes in a single meal to fill a dishwasher. The soap was Dr. Bronners. The volume of water was less than a gallon. One of the big reasons I try to encourage the other staff not to use the dishwasher there is due to these multiple low-volume meals. It drives me insane to come in for a shift and find someone has run the dishwasher for a couple of plates, two forks and a pair of cups. Ugh!
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Cleaning dishes
Cleaning dishes
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Scrubing dishes
Scrubing dishes
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dishes drying in washing machine
dishes drying in washing machine
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Another load drying
Another load drying
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Another wash load in progress
Another wash load in progress
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Third load drying pt. 1
Third load drying pt. 1
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Third load drying pt. 2
Third load drying pt. 2
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Here we go!

We always do dishes by hand. We have a dishwasher... it's just scary... I rinse the dishes into the basin I'm scrubbing in so all of the water I use is going into the basin on the left. Again, this is how I normally wash dishes.

The first pile:



Action Shot:



First batch done:



Second batch:



Finished Dishes:



Cast Iron Greased up and Ready for Breakfast!

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Where's Perry? I certify this BB complete!

 
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- "This is madness!"

- "This. Is. Dishtown!
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Grey water safe soap
Grey water safe soap
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Sink o dishes
Sink o dishes
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Dishwasher full, now a giant drying rack
Dishwasher full, now a giant drying rack
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End water
End water
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It was a bit more than the green bucket (2 gal)
It was a bit more than the green bucket (2 gal)
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Is washing soda (sodium carbonate) suitable for this BB as 'dish soap'?
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