Good Question: Dishwasher vs. Hand Washing?

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Jim needs some help deciphering what's best for the environment...

Dear Re-nest,

This has been bugging me for awhile: dishwasher vs. hand washing dishes. Which one is more environmentally-friendly and better for overall water use, energy, soap, etc...?

Thanks,
Jim

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