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Each of the tablets is encased in a pouch that looks like it's clear plastic, but don't try to open the pouch. It's actually made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a biodegradable polymer. The pouch is simply part of the tablet, and will disintegrate as the wash cycle starts. The package warns you not to touch the pouch with wet hands, since the pouch will start to disintegrate upon contact with moisture, and will actually stick to wet hands.
To use the tablet, simply open up your main dispenser cup on your dishwasher, pop the pouch in, and run the wash cycle as usual. I found the Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Pac very easy to use. But how well did it get my dishes clean? Find out.
- Bad taste: Obama Waffle mix. — Slashfood
- Make your kitchen hazard-free. — Chow
- Does food really travel 1,500 miles from farm to table? — Slate
- Toast the last days of Summer with sparkling margarita floats. — Hostess with the Mostess
- How to cook with quinoa.— The Kitchn
- Can service at a restaurant ever be too good?— The Epi-Log
- The do's and don't's of sandwich bags. — Simply Stated
- The city of Toronto may ban paper coffee cups. — Serious Eats
- Be more energy-efficient when washing dishes.— CasaSugar
I've told you before that using an energy-efficient dishwasher is the best way to go when it comes to getting your dishes clean, but let's be realistic . . . we don't all have one and some of us just can't afford to buy one at the moment. There are some ways you can increase your efficiency at washing dishes by hand so you don't use more than a couple gallons of water, though.
To begin, put a stopper in your drain (not just the strainer). The easiest way to waste water is to leave the faucet running down the drain, so plugging the drains will create a pool of water you can use to soak your dishes. And even if the water is dirty, you can still use it on your thirsty plants. If you have a double sink, wash your dishes in one section filled with a couple gallons of water and then use the other one with hot water for rinsing. If you have a single sink, use some sort of basin or bucket for rinsing your dishes with hot water, so the dishes you're rinsing reuse the same water. But, before you wash, wait until all of your dishes have piled up; it conserves water to wash as many dishes as possible at once.
Hey! Drop the sponge and move away from the sink. That's right: it's time to stop washing dishes by hand. According to the EPA, using an energy-efficient dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. An energy-efficient dishwasher, such as an Energy Star certified washer, uses only 4 gallons per cycle, saving as much as 5,000 gallons of water per year compared with hand washing. By using an energy-efficient dishwasher, you'll also save an average of $40 in energy costs and 230 hours of washing time. Take all of those extra hours and do something fun, like wallpapering that extra bedroom.
No one ever said you shouldn't look fab while making your house So Fresh and So Clean. That's where designer dishwashing gloves come in. To perk you up while you're doing the dirty work, and resonate with your glam fashion sense, I've rounded up a handful (no pun intended) of designer rubber gloves to protect your paws, whether you're cleaning the oven, unclogging the sink, or washing windows. They are très chic, but don't forget to take them off before you leave the house.
Featured in O at Home magazine, these gloves ($15) might just make your dish-drying chore time faster (though probably not in my house, since I let everything air dry). Made of absorbent red or white terrycloth, one size fits all and they have waterproof linings.
What do you think? Gimmick or a real innovation? Would you put these to use in your kitchen?
This new bubble scrubber ($4.99) makes dishwashing a little more fun. However, I can't help but recall all the sticky residue bubble wands left all-over. I mean, there was a reason my mom banned bubbles to the bathtub and backyard, right? So what do you think, would you use this in your house?