Dishwater — A Meditation

I own a mechanical dishwasher but wash my dishes by hand. I wash them in a portable plastic basin that collects the soiled water.

I use this water in my garden, which is watered solely with dishwater and rain. The plants don’t seem to mind the diluted soap and enjoy the slurry of food particles. All houseplants are watered with dishwater too. They also prefer it to tap-water’s sterility.

After tending to plants the remaining water is used to flush a toilet nearby. I am struck by the sensibility of this every single time, along with the absurdity of flushing with pristine drinking water as is the norm today.

Through this practice water is saved. And what water is used reaches more of its potential, and serves more and greater purposes than is typical.