Home > Lifestyle > Environmental Health > 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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Giving up one food will help your health – and the planet 2020-01-15 14:39 More: Environmental HealthGreen 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... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.