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Do you hand-wash or machine-wash your dishes?

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Do you hand-wash or machine-wash your dishes?

Chemicalkinetics | | Sep 4, 2010 06:59 PM

There are many articles about machine-washing vs hand washing dishes. Many claims dishwashers are better for for environment and cost.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/...

Others claim hand washing is better:

http://www.ecojoes.com/dishwasher-ver...

I thought this recent article from Guardian is more complete.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment...

It states the answer depends on how one hand-washes or machine-washes the dishes. I wash my dishes in cold water largely because I am too lazy to wait for the water to heat up and partially also because of the energy cost. It turns out this is the most environmental approach. I prefer hand-washing because I have very little dishes and they will never fill up a dishwasher. In addition, hand washing provides a much faster turn around. I can get a clean plate in 5-10 seconds by hand washing.

In short, I choose to hand-wash mostly because of speed and easy. It works well with my lifestyle. How about you?

Two questions for you
1) How do you usually wash your dishes?
2) What is your number one reason for your choice? Environmental concern, cost, time, convenience, tradition, ... ?

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