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How much water does a dishwasher use

How much water does a dishwasher use?

We use it every day, but do we really know what happens behind our dishwasher door? We discover how much water a dishwasher uses and how you can help save this precious resource with some easy tips.

As one of the largest appliances in your home, you wouldn’t be judged for assuming your dishwasher uses a considerable amount of water with each cycle.

How to save water when using your dishwasher 

When it comes to trying to use less water with each dishwasher cycle, every little action you take counts. Not only might the below tips help to reduce your water bill, but they will also ensure your dishwasher lives on for longer – and keeps your dishes as clean as a whistle!


  1. Save water and skip the pre-rinse. Pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher can waste up to 40L of water per load!2
  2. Ensure the inside of your dishwasher is clean and that the arm sprayer isn’t hindered by obstacles.
  3. Choose an eco-setting, which will wash your dishes at a lower temperature and use less water during each cycle. 

2 Brunton 2009. Results based on Australian testing of average water consumption 2.5 star 12-place setting dishwasher vs handwashing 106 people, Nov 2017.