Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: central coast CA
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If I have really dirty dishes, I use dishpans in my sink and fill it with just three inches of hot soapy water. I pre-rinse my dirty dishes in this water, then use the light cycle on the dishwasher.
Or, if the dishes are really not that dirty, I wash in the three inches of soapy water, stack the soapy dishes in the sink, then use a quick spray of water to rinse all the dishes clean.
You could keep a bucket in the shower to collect overspray to water plants. This same principle works if you keep a bowl near your sinks to collect water while you're waiting for the hot water.