How do you do the dishes? Most people run the water to rinse the food off, then put them into the dish washer. Running the dish washer uses from 8-9 gallons of water. Running the water while you rinse them could add another 3-4 gallons. If you instead scrape food off dishes (either into the trash or down disposal before you begin) and plug sink, and only run water to lather the dishes and then to do a quick rinse you will save a significant amount of water. As the sink fills up the utensils, reusable straws, lids and other miscellaneous items can be soaking. After scrubbing each dish and doing a quick rinse, you can then load them into the dishwasher just to be used as a drying rack. You can then dry the dishes with a towel and put them away or let them air dry to unload at a later time. It is also convenient to always know the dishes in the dishwasher are clean. You can eliminate using the dishwasher at all. This might sound time consuming, but once you get the hang of it, you will find that it is not a huge inconvenience. Just ask Alexa to play your favorite tunes and you might actually find yourself enjoying the dishes!
Products I use and love:
Berkley Green Dish Soap (Citrus Blossoms) I get this at Wegmans, its plant based and the bottle is recyclable. I find that it really lathers well giving me the assurance that my dishes are really getting cleaned.
If You Care Household Gloves: I get these at whole foods but you can also get them on amazon or thrive market. These are made with fair trade latex and reasonably priced.