Did some research on my dishwasher. It uses 12L per wash according to this https://www.egarpi.es/lavavajillas-60-cm/636-lavavajillas-fagor-lvf-13.html, which is pretty good for a dishwasher, less than 3gal. Similar amount to what I used to wash the dishes. But the dishwasher uses .89 kWh. And when we run it, we do it on "eco" mode, which runs for three hours. Seems like the major difference is hand-powered washing (free) vs. electrical powered washing (burning fossil fuels and paying money to fossil fuel industry). Very glad this possible life change opportunity was brought to my attention by PEP and permies. :) Almost forgot the soap! We use Castille Soaphttps://www.lajaboneriadechurruca.com/es/producto/jabon-de-castilla.html and a second-hand washcloth to wash dishes. Looking forward to crocheting a dishcloth soon to help with scrubbing action.
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We don't have a dishwasher so I'll do it by hand like most days.
Heat some water up on the stove, it uses less gas than using the on-demand boiler.
Pour the hot water in the small bowl and add some cold water if it's too hot. Wet the sponge and put some soap on it.
Use the sponge and hot water to wash the dishes and put them in the big bucket.
Move them around to rinse them and put them in the dish-tray.
Clean up after so it's less to do before the next batch of dishes...
We bought the soap locally at a farmers market a couple of months ago so the label is long gone but I think it only had two ingredients, vegetable oil and sodium hydroxide (lye, caustic soda). It has no smell.
We'll probably buy some more next time we go there.
Dishes time, I shouldn't have left last night dirt dished sit in the sink, but I did and since I was finishing my coffee I thought I might as well get these done.
The Soap i used was Mrs. Meyer's ( just a few drops) i'ved used this for awhile, and normally just dump the water into my compost or into a garden plot i'm preparing. Mrs Meyers says all the pretty words, and it never messed up my compost, so safe enough for me.
The picture with the white water bucket is 1gal, in the picture i used about 1/3 to 1/4 so roughly 2 to 4 cups of water. ( If I wouldn't have had to scrub last nights mess, I could have made that down to 1 cup maybe less)
Posted on my permies diary as well.
Now, I don't typically even use soap when washing the dishes, as it's primary purpose is as a de-greaser. It's not needed to clean the dishes, as a really good scrubbing will do that just fine with most modern dishes (No pores in glazed ceramic, so tiny bits of food can't hang out there). I'm hoping that I still qualify for the BB using no soap. If not, well, I guess I'll find out & have to do it again! No big deal.
We do not have a dishwasher and so I have done three loads of washing up by hand. To get the maximum out of each BB, I enter learned information in a journal so I can also add more information to enhance the journey.
One of the loads was jam pots and other jam making equipment.
We don't own a dishwasher so we so the dishes, by hand, every day. When I do the dishes I like to soap everything up and pile it in the sink. When I rinse it helps rinse the items piled below it. I also collect the rinsing water in pans or larger items and use that to help clean the other items - it's a bit like a cleaning pyramid scheme. Before I begin everything uncooked gets composted in our garden, cooked food (or exotics like citrus) go in the municipal compost.
The soap we use is Ecover washing up liquid. We re-fill the same container at a local store. It is plant based, completely biodegradable (see link below) and very ethical.
I completely filled our drying rack today. I'll add photos of it and update this post with photos of two more washes to make a full dishwasher load (it'll be a guess!)
I caught the majority of the rinse water in the stainless pan that I pictured. I measured this as 19cm diameter by 10cm tall - a total capacity of 2835ml or 0.75 gallons. I half-filled this pan and, for the sake of surety, we can imagine that I lost the same amount of water again (I am sure that I didn't lose this much!). That means that if I do three loads I will have used 2 and a quarter gallons.