How to save water in the kitchen

Hello everyone. This drought in Cape Town means serious business hey! The pressure is ON! (literally it should probably be low). As you may or may not know, I recently started a series of recipes for waterless cooking. Ok, there is just one so far, but the rest are coming, I promise. They are quick and easy recipes. The first one, Waterless Baked Breakfast Buns, was published last week and the next one will be up this coming weekend (if motherhood doesn’t get the better of me). If you’re going to attempt to get into the habit of waterless cooking, it is important to know how to save water in the kitchen first.





Water usage in the kitchen

Did you know that approximately 11% of in home water use occurs in the kitchen. And, most of the water ends up down the drain! But, with a little modification to traditional kitchen processes, you can actually save hundreds of gallons of water a year! Thanks to Sasko, here are some awesome tips on how to save water in the kitchen:

How to save water in the kitchen - South African mom blogger

Repair dripping taps as soon as possible. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.


Some refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.


Wash your fruit and vegetable in a pan of water instead of running water from
the tap. Use the leftover water for watering indoor or outdoor plants.


Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This
will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.


Invest in paper plates, you will have alot less dishes to wash.


Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water
efficiency and food safety.


Teach your children to turn off taps tightly after each use. Dripping taps can
waste hundreds of gallons of water.


 Instead of letting the water run while you scrape your pots clean, soak them with a little boiled water and detergent, they will soften in minutes.


Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the
water while it heats up. In addition to saving water it will also reduce energy


If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more
thoroughly than older ones


Never run your dishwasher without a full load. A full load will save water, energy
and detergent.


Don’t pre-rinse dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. This will save 20
gallons per load.


When cooking food items in water use the least amount of water possible and
keep the lid on the pan or pot. Use the leftover water as a start to soups, stews or
watering plants.


If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don’t
throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.


Use your disposal sparingly. Consider composting your food waste with yard
waste to create rich, fertile compost for trees and plants.


Keep a container of water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it
cools wastes water.


Use water-saving aerators on all faucets.


PS, if you have any #WaterSavingTips, please drop them in the comments below!

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Tata for now

Tracy xxx

5 thoughts on “How to save water in the kitchen”

  • Some great tips here – thanks for sharing. We bought Milton tablets (or liquid), that we used back when our kids were babies to sterilise their bottles, we fill a container with water, drop in a tablet and that we use to wash off fruit and veg. At the end of the day we use that water to either water plants or to flush.

  • The microwave can also be of great help with cooking with less water. Instead of boiling things like potatoes and sweetcorn and other vegetables I now cook them in the microwave. I know microwave cooking can be a controversial, but yeah. Also, for boiled eggs, an electric egg boiler uses about 1/4 cup of water to boil 4 eggs. They are amazing water saving devices if you eat a lot of eggs.

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