Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 26 June 2013 Clean green dishwashing Do dishwashers beat manual washing? Yes, if they’re used optimally. 0 Shutterstock Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Modern dishwashers are generally greener, using less energy and water, than all except the strictest hand-washing-up practices, which is fortunate because few dishwasher owners would ever be persuaded to go back to manual drudgery. However, for your dishwasher to genuinely live up to its (relative) environmentally friendly reputation, it needs to be used to maximize their energy- and water-saving features, as follows:Load the dishwasher fully before you run it, but still allow for efficient water circulation between items. The machine uses the same amount of water if it’s full or partly-filled.Choose energy-saving, low-heat settings whenever possible, especially if the dishes aren’t very dirtyAir-dry or hand-dry the clean dishes. You can simply open the dishwasher door to do this. If your machine has a no-heat setting for drying, use it.Scrape those very dirty dishes instead of rinsing them before loading: pre-rinsing wastes a lot of water. With many of the newer machines though, even scraping might not be necessary.Image of dishwasher: Shutterstock Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor More in Lifestyle Improved sunscreen More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.