Day 20 of the Zero Waste Challenge focuses on how we wash dishes. I’ve already looked into other eco-friendly cleaning practices and products, and dishwashing can use a lot of water. The soap you use is also important. Remember everything goes down the drain where it will end up in our lakes and rivers. Make sure you opt for a non-toxic, biodegradable soap brand. I also like to be frugal with the amount of soap I use. Dishes without a lot of food on them can be rinsed off and set aside. I’m all about creating less work for myself.
If you have a dishwasher, look for soap products that are eco-friendly and use the economy settings to save water. Something else to think about if you don’t have a dishwasher is how clean that sponge is. Unfortunately, they can harbor a lot of bacteria. Make sure your scrub brushes and sponges get properly cleaned and disinfected between uses. And finally, be mindful of how much water you use in the process. It is a precious commodity after all. Making little changes like eco-friendly soap and conserving water can make a big difference over time.