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Tips On Conserving Water In The Kitchen

Aug 12, 2008
How you use water in your home on a daily basis affects the environment. It's very easy to take advantage of this precious resource because of its availability. With hotter summers and increased droughts, however, it is important to save every little drop. Here are some tips on ways you can do your part in the fight to conserve water in your kitchen.

Rather than washing fruits and vegetables under continuous running water, fill up a large bowl and do the major cleaning in there. Once the produce has been cleaned, rinse it quickly a final time under running water to wash off any additional pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide residue.

Think ahead and make sure you plan meals before you step into the kitchen, especially if it involves cooking meats that are in the freezer. A common household trick is to thaw meats and other frozen foods in running hot water.

The problem with that is the water would need to be on a hefty length of time to fully thaw the food. There are several options for thawing foods. You can either defrost it in the microwave or by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight or you can fill up a pot full of water and thaw the meat on the stove on low heat.

If you have an ice maker in your fridge, refrain from using it. Your drinking water can be just as cold as ice if you leave it in the fridge. If you use a sink filter, put the water in enclosable pitchers. If you purchase bottles of gallons of water at the grocery, put those in the fridge as well.

By far, the dishwasher is the biggest water-consuming device in your kitchen. Opt for a water-efficient model if you can. When using the dishwasher, make sure you only run full loads. An incredible amount of water is wasted when the dishwasher is used for only several dishes. To prevent having to run the dishwasher on another cycle to get rid of tough food debris, make sure you scrub your dishes with a brush first. Don't scrub them under running water. Fill up on side of your sink to help with those stubborn stains.

When washing dishes by hand, fill up one side of the sink for washing and the other for rinsing. Alternately, if you prefer not to fill up the sink with water to wash, make sure you put a bit of water on each dish to soften the food debris. When it's time to wash, don't run the water while scrubbing. Use a minimal amount of soap so rinsing will require less water.

Remember: A little bit goes a long way. Applying these tips and others in your daily routine will affect not only your water bill but also the well-being of the world.
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