Help! How Do We Live Without a Dishwaser?

The Re-Nest community was so helpful last week when we talked about phasing out the microwave next month during our move, so we thought we'd bring you our next (and infinitely harder for us) question: How do we live without a dishwasher? We found some tips for making it as green as possible, but we sure could use your help.

We know that some of our habits are going to change. Currently, hand-washing is not a frequent thing; we rely heavily on the dishwasher to keep up with our sometimes adventurous (and always messy) cooking methods.

Here's how we do it now: squirt eco-friendly soap all over the dishes in question, then turn on the water and get to scrubbing and rinsing.

This is not green for two reasons: we use way too much soap AND way too much water. So, we're coming to you. What are good green handwashing habits we can kick into high gear? Buying an efficient dishwasher is not an option at the moment, so any tips you have to make this as painless a transition as possible would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime, we did find these tips on green dishwashing.
How to Hand Wash Dishes to Conserve Water
Tip: Use a Loofah to Wash Dishes
AT On... The Dishwasher Debate

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