This is good news:
Do less work and save more water when running your dishwasher.
I use my dishwasher anyway because even if hand-washing were cheaper, the time it takes is not worth it to me (balance). The recommendations on the enzyme-based detergents are interesting. I am partial to Cascade, but it appears the cost per load is about three times higher than a Walmart or Costco non-brand detergent.
Two other tips I found for reducing the cost of dishwashing were to turn off the “heat booster” (if I can find it?) and turn off the dry heating at the end of the cycle. It is worth a try (although I worry about water-spots).
This is what it is all about when it comes to the frugal balance – finding ways to do things cheaper without compromising your life. Although in this case, using the dishwasher may actually be the more frugal option (yeah!).