Is handwashing better than dishwashing?

We’re busting myths about efficiency of water use, energy, and time.


Using my dishwasher wastes more water than handwashing.

Your sink uses more.

Your sink uses 4 gallons of water every 2 minutes, while your dishwasher uses 4 gallons for only one cycle. That means you’d have to wash all your dishes in under 2 minutes to be more efficient vs. an Energy Star certified dishwasher. And with Cascade Platinum, you know each dish will come out sparkling clean.


I should only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

8 dishes is all it takes.

8 dishes is all it takes to save water with your dishwasher over handwashing. So, run ‘em if you got ‘em! And don’t forget the Cascade Platinum – no pre-rinse needed.


Dishwashers waste more energy.

Handwashing takes 4X the energy.

A new Energy Star certified dishwasher uses about ¼ of the energy used when washing dishes by hand. And to maximize your clean, check out how to load your dishes the right way.


Handwashing saves time.

Skipping the sink saves you 30 minutes a day.

You save 230 hours of personal time in a 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.


Handwashing saves water.

Dishwashers save 100 gallons a week.

Your dishwasher saves 100 gallons of water a week, when you use it every night instead of handwashing. That’s over 5,000 gallons in a year. Or over 80,000 glasses of water you could be saving.


I can’t put the fancy stuff in the dishwasher.

The delicate stuff just might be different.

Handle Granny’s delicate china with care. Wanna see what’s dishwasher safe? Check out this handy checklist.


Turns out, your dishwasher is usually the way to go. Now that you know, do it every night, always with Cascade Platinum.


Do it Every Night

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Cascade is committed to water restoration.

We’ve joined Bonneville Environment Foundations’ Change the Course Initiative to help restore water to water-stressed parts of the United States. Through this program and partnership, Cascade has committed to contribute millions of gallons of freshwater to critically dewatered rivers and wetlands in the Western United States.

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