Most of us waste up to an hour each week pre-washing dishes. People have plenty of activities they’d rather be enjoying, and not to mention how important it is to save water!

Skipping the pre-wash is an impactful solution. “As a busy mom of four, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I need to get done,” said popular blogger Daisy Teh of “I love learning that my dishes can actually get a better clean if I skip the pre-wash. It’s such a simple tip that anyone can adopt, and it’s good for the environment.”


Here are some tips that can help you conserve:


Assign dish nights

Creating a family “dish duty” schedule ensures the chore is evenly shared, and allows everyone to arrange their homework and activity schedules in advance.

Skip the pre-wash

Your dishes will come out cleaner if you leave the food on. Simply scrape off the large chunks and then load your dishes straight into the dishwasher without running them under the water first. This can help result in the best possible clean. As an added bonus, skipping the pre-wash also helps your family conserve water. Dishwashers use about 4.5 gallons of water for the entire cycle, while hand washing dishes uses about 27 gallons, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Load for success


Place taller dishes in the back of the bottom rack so the detergent chamber isn’t blocked. Put fragile dishes in the top rack further away from the powerful sprayer. Put glasses between the upper rack tines instead of over them. This will prevent water spots from the tines drying on the glasses. And, make sure all your dishes are facing inward and not overlapping. This ensures the water will reach everything. For more tips, visit

How will you use the time you save by implementing these dishwashing tips? That time is yours now, so use it wisely. And give yourself a pat on the back for helping to save water.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.