04-15-2009 01:29 PM - edited 04-15-2009 01:33 PM
Not so long ago, I heard that washing the dishes in the dishwasher was more earth friendly then washing them by hand. My husband thinks I am making up excuses to justify me, using the dishwasher (that I love and it’s one of my favorite appliances in the world, next to the washer and dryer) but am I really making up an excuse?
04-17-2009 11:36 AM
It sounds like you feel like you are just making up excuses in order to continue to enjoy the convenience that a dishwasher provides, but luckily for your reasoning could be valid. Most legitimate studies show that a modern dishwasher is much more environmentally friendly than washing dishes by hand, but I do take the results of these studies with a grain of salt since the partners in the study usually are a dishwasher manufacturer. These studies are usually run by scientists of a university, which definitely lends credence to the results of their study. The most recent study was done by the University of Bonn in Germany, and their results show that modern dishwashers far out perform hand washing.
It sounds like you have a dishwasher, but if you're ever in the market for a new one I would definitely suggest getting one that is Energy Star qualified. I hope this information made you feel better about your use of your dishwasher!
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04-19-2009 11:30 AM