Washing dishes is important, but it isn’t the only way to keep water in your home, a recent survey found.
This article looks at some other options for avoiding water wastage and helping to protect your water supply.
What’s the water good for?
Washing your dishes is one of the most effective ways to protect water quality in homes and businesses, and while you can avoid most of the risks associated with waterborne diseases, a number of problems can arise from the lack of adequate water supplies, according to the Water Safety Council of Australia.
These include water contamination, soil erosion and evaporation, water quality problems, water-borne illnesses, and food poisoning.
Washing a dish can help prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause diarrhoea and other foodborne illnesses.
But some of the more serious risks are caused by excessive or improper washing.
You can’t wash your hands if you have an infected or contaminated finger, and your skin is also a potentially contaminated surface, which is why it’s important to wash your face and arms frequently, especially if you are travelling.
You should also wash your feet, hands and feet if you’ve had a foot injury, a laceration or other damage, or if you’re in an area where there’s no tap water.
The Water Safety Authority of Australia recommends washing your hands only once a week, unless you are in an indoor plumbing system.
Washed hands may also contain soap, detergent or other ingredients that are not recommended for safe handling.
You shouldn’t use soap or detergent in an emergency situation, but you may want to wash them before hand to prevent them from drying.
What do I do if I can’t afford to wash my dishes?
You can save money by avoiding dishes that are dirty and potentially harmful to your health, and you can also protect yourself from water contamination.
This includes washing dishes without using detergent, soap or other cleaning products, washing dishes in hot water, or using a dishwasher that’s not a standard appliance.
If you have a household that’s in need of cleaning, there’s a good chance you can find some places in your neighbourhood where you can wash.
These areas may also have good facilities to clean your dishes and other household items, and they might even have cleaning products for sale, such as dishwashers.
However, there may be some restrictions to where you may wash your own food and drink.
It’s important that you consult a doctor if you think you might be at risk of a foodborne illness.
What should I do about mold and mould spores in food?
You should wash foods and drinks regularly to prevent the growth of mold spores.
There are no specific health guidelines or advice to wash food, but some people are advised to wash their hands frequently to avoid contamination of their hands with mold spores, and this could be helpful in preventing contamination of food and beverages.
Mold spores can be found on the surface of dishes, and on your fingers and toes.
It can be spread easily by the mouth, and it can be harmful if it becomes lodged on the surfaces of your fingers or toes.
If your hands are covered in mold spores and you suspect they’re growing on food, you can check for mold spores by touching the surface, using your finger or thumb to pick up a few of the spores, wiping the area clean with a damp cloth, or by taking a sample from your hands.
If there are no signs of mold growth on your hands or feet, and no signs that the spores are growing on the food, then there’s not much you can do about it.
If, however, you have noticed mold growing on your food, and are concerned that it might be causing a food-borne illness, you should contact your doctor to discuss what to do.
You’ll need to be vigilant about cleaning your hands, and take steps to keep food clean and fresh.