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The dishwasher uses only half the energy and one-sixth of the water, along with less soap. Even the most sparing and careful washers could probably not beat the modern dishwasher on efficiency or cleanliness.

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To make certain you take advantage of the water savings, make sure you run a full load, avoid pre-rinsing (scrape food off instead), minimize hot water use (energy saver options), and use phosphate-free dish soap.

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