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Old 10-16-2012, 10:40 AM   #61
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Would it be ok to use water with dish soap in it in the toilet? Last thing I need is to mess up a toilet bc of dish soap. LOL

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Would it be ok to use water with dish soap in it in the toilet? Last thing I need is to mess up a toilet bc of dish soap. LOL
Why would you use dish soap in your toilet?

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Old 10-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #63
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Would it be ok to use water with dish soap in it in the toilet? Last thing I need is to mess up a toilet bc of dish soap. LOL
To flush the toilet with? I don't see why it wouldn't be.
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Why would you use dish soap in your toilet?

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This thread has gotten quite confusing! But still very helpful. Lol.
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Update!!

I noticed our bill has gone up in part due to an increase in price. It went up from $7.50 per ccf to $8.10 per ccf. Not a crazy increase. Our usage is still the main issue. But over the last year I was able to reduce our usage by 2 ccf a month. So about 1400 gallons a month.

My goal is to get it back down to 5-6 a month rather than the 9-11 we averaged per month last year.

I'm really eager to see what our next bill looks like with our "mellow yellow" flush routine, and our decreased wash cycles in the diapers.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:15 PM   #67
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And I need to figure out the most efficient use of our dishwasher. Right now I only run it full, but I do run it 2-3 times a week... And on the highest setting bc the dishes weren't getting clean enough on a regular setting.

Is a dishwasher more water efficient than handwashing?

What are your water saving dish tips?
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And I need to figure out the most efficient use of our dishwasher. Right now I only run it full, but I do run it 2-3 times a week... And on the highest setting bc the dishes weren't getting clean enough on a regular setting.

Is a dishwasher more water efficient than handwashing?

What are your water saving dish tips?
This one kind of depends on the dishwasher, but if you have to run it on heavy to get stuff clean, I would guess no, it's not more efficient than hand washing.

The biggest thing we do to save on water for dishes is use less dishes. The kids (currently four of them) get one cup, plate, and bowl a day, which gets rinsed after use. They get new silverware each time. DD2 is the only exception, she gets Pediasure in a Sippy, but all other drinks in a regular cup, so she technically gets two.

We have a double sided sink, so when we wash, we fill the smaller side half way with soapy water. All dirty dishes are stacked next to the sink, and get washed and set in the empty side. We wash everything first, then rinse all at once, so the water is not off and on and is being continuously used. We also don't turn it on all the way, only about half way, which is plenty of pressure to quickly rinse dishes.

This also saves money in dish soap. A few drops of liquid soap is all it takes (I HATE when my mother tries to do my dishes, she wastes tons of water AND squirts about six table spoons soap in and calls it helping ), and that is far cheaper than even one soap tab for the dishwasher.

If you do this AND wash in a dish tub instead of directly in your sink, you can also flush the toilet with it. :thumpsup: I keep meaning to get a couple dish tubs since they have a million uses, but I never remember. We only gave up the dishwasher about a month ago, and then actually did it for the electric savings, not water.
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This one kind of depends on the dishwasher, but if you have to run it on heavy to get stuff clean, I would guess no, it's not more efficient than hand washing..
Oh yeah... Lol.
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