5 ways why dishwashing is better than washing dishes by hand

Use Cascade and your ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher to save water, energy, and time.

1. YOUR DISHWASHER USES LESS WATER THAN HANDWASHING

Your sink uses 4 gallons of water every 2 minutes, while your dishwasher only uses 4 gallons for one cycle. That means you’d have to wash all your dishes in under 2 minutes to be more efficient than an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher. Not sure if you have an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher? If your dishwasher is less than 20 years old, which is over 75% of households, it’s likely certified. Plus, even small loads can save water, and with Cascade Platinum, you know each dish will come out sparkling clean.

2. YOUR DISHWASHER CAN SAVE YOU UP TO $130 A YEAR ON YOUR ENERGY BILL*

Looking to cut down on your energy bill? Start somewhere unexpected: the kitchen. A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher and Cascade Platinum can save you up to $130 a year on your energy bill compared to washing dishes by hand.

3. YOUR DISHWASHER
SAVES 100 GALLONS
OF WATER A WEEK**

Contrary to popular belief, the dishwasher is designed to be more efficient than the way most of us wash dishes by hand. When you use your dishwasher every night instead of handwashing for just 10 minutes, you save 100 gallons of water a week. That’s over 5,000 gallons in a year, or more than 80,000 glasses of water.

4. YOUR DISHWASHER USES LESS ENERGY THAN HANDWASHING

Heating water in your kitchen sink can use a lot of energy. In fact, it takes 2x more energy to wash dishes by hand with hot water vs. using a new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher. Seriously. And to maximize your clean, check out how to load your dishes the right way

5. YOUR DISHWASHER SAVES YOU 30 MINUTES A DAY

On average, washing dishes by hand uses up a half hour of your day. Every day. You save 230 hours of personal time each year by letting your dishwasher with Cascade do the work over handwashing. What could you do with 30 extra minutes a day? Think of all the other chores you could complete. Okay, maybe not.

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Do It Every Night

Running your dishwasher every night saves water versus washing dishes by hand, so skip the sink and let your machine do the dirty work.

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*when switching from using 180 gallons of water per week handwashing to automatic dishwashing 4 times a week, electricity rate of 11c/kWh (US)

**vs. washing dishes at a running sink for over 10 minutes per day

***when using dishwasher 4 times a week vs. handwashing 17 minutes every day