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I washed a days worth of dishes by hand (family of 4) for this badge bit,using ecoleaf washing up liquid which is septic safe and biodegradable
https://www.sumawholesale.com/non-foods/household-cleaning-products/ecoleaf-washing-up-liquid-5l-hj067.html

Our washing up bowl is 6l and I used 2 bowls of water to wash the dishes. The first bowl of water I washed up mainly plates, cutlery and a few bowls, mixing bowl and rice cooker. The second bowl I did the stoneware, no soap used for that and I scrape stoneware clean under running water that goes into the washing up bowl.

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Dishes pic 2
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In progress bowl 1
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Remaining dishes for second bowl
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Clean dishes in dishwasher, holding one as it wouldn't fit
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I always do dishes by hand, though I was more mindful of how much water I used this time. I was surprised by how little it was in the end. The soap used is Palmolive pure and clear, which meets the OECD 301 test for biodegradability.
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Measured out 24 cups (1.5 gallons) for the wash water.  Brought it to a boil, and cleaned cast iron while waiting.  Poured water into the sink over the silverware to sterilize.  Added soap (https://www.mrsmeyers.com/product/dish/dish-soap/liquid-dish-soap-basil/) and a quick squirt of water because I like bubbles.  Used the remaining 24 cups to rinse (had 2 cups left over). measured using a measuring cup.  After dishes, used the water to soak pans (rice pan was not fun) and scrubbed them out.
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Mrs. Meyers Clean Day
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Sink and counter full of dishes that weren't there when I went to bed last night.
Sink and counter full of dishes that weren't there when I went to bed last night.
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First batch with soap
First batch with soap
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Rinsing by the sinkful
Rinsing by the sinkful
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Silverware done; time for pans
Silverware done; time for pans
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After photo of dishwater - bubbles held up surprisingly well and the water was still quite warm
After photo of dishwater - bubbles held up surprisingly well and the water was still quite warm
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Dish drainer and counter full of washed dishes
Dish drainer and counter full of washed dishes
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I do not own a dishwasher. so please let me know if i need to upload more photos as this happens everyday!

Dishes before/ dish rack before



Part way thru/ dish rack part way thru



Dishes done/ i removed the big white container so you could see behind it.



Amount of water used/ soap used / soap link
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The other pic did not show dishes in the dishwasher.  Here it is (look for the yellow Pyrex).
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Could not edit my previous post to add my missing BB requirements! So here is everything again.

I plugged the sink to capture all the water I used, but I don’t have a dishwasher, so can’t show my dishes drying in it! And here is the link to the soap: https://www.palmolive.com/en-us/products/dish-washing-liquid/pure-clear
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Typically I do the dishes in smaller batches but I let em stack up today for this badge bit.

I used pink solution cleaner
(https://pinksolution.ca/pages/products)
which is all natural and biodegradable.

Roughly 1.5 gallons in the sink afterwards.
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In Progress
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Clean 1
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Clean 2
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Water used (~1.5 gallons)
Water used (~1.5 gallons)
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Pink solution
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I did the dishes this morning.  Used our new fancy soap (Ecover) which says it is biodegradable.  I start with hot water in the biggest bowl of the washing session (3L in this case), then dump it out and rinsed into it to show the accumulated rinse water.  In total about a gallon of water used.  I stacked the dishes pretty high in the rack but if that isn't enough I can do another round.  The bowl I washed and rinsed in was rinsed out and added to the drying rack after the last picture was taken to prove the volume of water used...

Edit:  Did dishes again tonight to get the total quantity up a bit higher.  See new photos below...
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Pile of dishes
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Rinse water and the balancing tower of ceramics. Those are full sized soup/cereal bowls...
Rinse water and the balancing tower of ceramics. Those are full sized soup/cereal bowls...
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Second round of dishes
Second round of dishes
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Still hard at work
Still hard at work
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All done with less than 2 quarts of rinse water
All done with less than 2 quarts of rinse water
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Here's a quick little of video of me washing up the dishes using Dr. Bronners and 2.5 gallons of water:

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Note: - 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

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The BB says:
- 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

My submission above required another batch to get enough dishes and yours looks similar. Please do up another batch and add it to this submission. Thanks!

 
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Here is my submission for this BB. I don't have a dishwasher, so I stacked them in my dish drainer and on the side counter. My husband says he's always amazed at how I stack dishes. I think that's a compliment!

Pile of dirty dishes.

I wasn't sure what 3 gallons or less looked like in my sink, so I used my stainless steel 2-gallon bowl as a dish pan. For soap, I used soap nuts. They release saponins in hot water.

There are 3 soap nuts in the little cotton bag in the bowl.

The package doesn't say biodegradable, but their website does https://www.magicwashberries.com

Screenshot from brand website.

Most items I washed with a cotton dishcloth.

For anything stick or stubborn, I used my chain mail scrubber.

Clean dishes.

I didn't use much more water than the two gallons in the bowl because I only rinsed toward the end, when the water started to look dirty.
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Adding another batch to my previous post.
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My dish washing submission. I couldn't find the manufacturer website link for the dish washing liquid so I added a picture of the label.

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Dirty dishes
Dirty dishes
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Dishes in 1 gallon of dishwashing liquid.
Dishes in 1 gallon of dishwashing liquid.
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Washing dishes
Washing dishes
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Stack of scrubbed dishes awaiting final rinse
Stack of scrubbed dishes awaiting final rinse
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Leftover dishwater
Leftover dishwater
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Dishes air drying on the racks.
Dishes air drying on the racks.
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Kirkland Ultra Shine Dish Soap - OECD biodegradable/USEPA safer choice/USDA Certified Biobased.
Kirkland Ultra Shine Dish Soap - OECD biodegradable/USEPA safer choice/USDA Certified Biobased.
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i used hot tea kettle water to start ( i drink a lot of tea so i had hot water in the kettle anyway, and find that this method used far less water than waiting for the water to heat hence the gloves) then as i rinse the dishes over the bucket it cools and fills. i used a tiny bit <1tsp dr bronners soap, 100% biodegradable,  i scrape all leftovers into a bowl to go outside to the critters, eggs and coffee/tea goes into the compost, i don't eat meat at this time so no worries about the compost.
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BB submission for hand washing dishes.
We don’t have a dishwasher in our RV, just what’s attached with 10 fingers.
I used approx 3 qt of wash water and 3 qt for rinse.
Dish soap is Meyer’s Clean Day biodegradable. Link: https://www.mrsmeyers.com/product/dish/dish-soap/liquid-dish-soap-lemon-verbena/
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The dirty dishes and dish soap bottle
The dirty dishes and dish soap bottle
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Mid process showing the amount of soapy water used
Mid process showing the amount of soapy water used
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First set of clean drying dishes
First set of clean drying dishes
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Second set of drying dishes
Second set of drying dishes
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The rinse water
The rinse water
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Did a lot of cooking for meal prep for the week, and it left me with a lot of big pots and pans to wash. I didn't measure the water in the sinks, but there's about a gallon in each (definitely less than 1.5 gallons, so my total water usage is less than three gallons). I wash cleanest to dirtiest, starting with just very hot water and my scrubber for things like water bottles and silverware, and added a splash of vinegar for the dirtier stuff. (My research says that vinegar is greywater safe, especially dilluted.)
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Dirty dishes.
Dirty dishes.
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The water level is a bit hard to see in the picture, but there's only about one gallon of water in each sink.
The water level is a bit hard to see in the picture, but there's only about one gallon of water in each sink.
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Starting to wash.
Starting to wash.
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Clean dishes (plus a few in the rinse water that wouldn't fit on the counter), ready to be dried and put away.
Clean dishes (plus a few in the rinse water that wouldn't fit on the counter), ready to be dried and put away.
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