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Save water when washing dishes

One of the things RVers need to conserve is the water they use. About the only time you don’t have to be concerned about water usage is when hooked up to city water and sewer in a big campground.

But when boondocking or traveling, especially in a Class B or C motorhome, you can only carry so much in your fresh water tanks. And those grey tanks are also limited in how much dish or shower water.

So how do you conserve?

There are lots of ideas. We’ve talked about many of them here in the podcast over the years.

But a reader named Bill suggested a way to really cut back on water usage when washing dishes.

Bill’s suggestion is to use cleaning vinegar, put in a spray bottle, mixed 50-50 with water. Then spray it on the dishes and use a paper towel. Bill gives the details in an audio report on episode 156 of our RV Podcast.

Thanks, Bill.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2018-03-25

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

One Response to “Save water when washing dishes”

March 11, 2019at9:40 am, debbie Edwards said:

what do you do with your dog when you want to eat out in a restaurant. Thank you Debbie

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