1.) It’s a health issue
Sponges soak up everything (bacteria included!) Studies show that the average kitchen sponge is dirtier than a toilet seat. Excess food particles are being washed off with hand washing but using a kitchen sponge adds bacteria to the dishes and utensils you eat with. Dishwashers will sterilize your dishes removing most of the bacteria and food particles.
Homeowners should be sure to practice careful hygiene when cleaning kitchen surfaces. The study mentioned above also found that attempts to clean or sanitize sponges by microwaving or washing them led to only a short-term decrease in the number of germs. Such attempts at sanitizing sponges might cause potentially harmful bacteria to grow back in even greater numbers.
Instead of attempting to clean kitchen sponges, experts suggest replacing them weekly. Although this generates a lot of waste and means that all of these kitchen sponges are just ending up in landfill. Replacing kitchen sponges often is a temporary and poor solution to a larger problem.
It’s more water-efficient to use a dishwasher than to wash dishes by hand which means you’ll save money. By washing dishes in the dishwasher rather than washing them by hand, it uses less water. This is especially true if you’re using a new energy efficient dishwasher, which can save gallons of water per load. Newer diswasher models are more efficient than the models from 20, 10, or even 5 years ago. This means most homeowners can save more than double the amount of water than it would take to wash by hand. It’s worth it in the long run to invest in a good, energy efficient dishwasher.
3.) You’ll save time
This leaves more time to relax, read a book, go for a walk, spend time with your friends and family. Every minute counts which makes your dishwasher literally, a “life saver”. If you spend up to an hour per day washing dishes by hand but only 15 minutes to load and unload a dishwasher, this adds up to 15.2 DAYS PER YEAR in time that you save. That’s over 3 years of your life you can reclaim!
If you want more time, lower costing utility bills and less bacteria, then invest in an energy efficient dishwasher!
Contact Chuck’s today to learn more about energy efficient alternatives, special financing, or to learn more about our plumbing services or to get dishwasher recommendations.