Will Sweden win the dishwashing championship?

Researchers have compared dishwashing practices in Sweden, Italy, Germany and Britain and concluded that we Europeans have widely differing dishwashing habits and that, irrespective of country, we all tend to take work away from our dishwashers. Our bad washing-up habits waste money and impact the environment.

The Italians are worst, unnecessarily wasting 5600 litres and 100 kWh of electricity every single year. We Swedes are not all that good either, flushing 3100 litres of water down the sink and using up 60 kWh of electricity for no reason at all. In comparison with the Lindell family’s Siemens dishwasher, the average Italian wastage corresponds to four and a half months of dishwasher use. The corresponding wastage figure for Sweden is almost three months of dishwashing.

So what’s the big reason?
And it gets worse, according to the study. Between two and four out of every ten plates never gets to the dishwasher but is instead washed by hand, and we only half-fill our dishwashers.

Fill the machines to the top and stop hand-washing – that way you’ll reduce water consumption by about 50% and electricity consumption by 28%, according to the researchers in Bonn.

Wash wisely – by machine.

Lars Ejeklint, Vattenfall