Should You Rinse Dishes Before Putting Them In The Dishwasher?

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Of all the big and small appliances in the kitchen, the dishwasher is the one appliance that ignites the most arguments in a home. If you’re reading this post, you may have been called out for loading the dishwasher incorrectly or not rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So we’ve decided to bust some myths once and for all.

The following facts are 100 percent real. Some of you will want to debate them—and you’re free to, but the rest of us will know the reality.

Modern machines don’t need the assistance of humans. Alert, all the dishwasher owners out there! You now have more time on your hands and less trouble in your life because the good news is that dishwashers work the best when you skip rinsing your dirty dishes. Here is why:

If you are the kind of person who rinses their plates and bowls before putting them in the dishwasher, you may be astonished to learn that you are doing more harm than good. The extra work beforehand doesn’t make the dishes any cleaner. The science behind it is compelling! According to the Cascade detergent brand, certain detergents are designed to stick to food particles, and without a surface to cling to, your dinnerware won’t get as clean as they should.

According to Consumer Reports, dishwashers purchased within the last half-decade won’t clean dishes for very long in case the sensors in the machine don’t identify much dirt in the water. Consumer Reports’ Ed Perratore wrote in 2016, “when that happens, the dishwasher gives them just a light wash, and items come out less than sparkling. To avoid that lackluster result, don’t rinse; just scrape off bits of loose food.”

Here’s another explanation that pointed out why pre-rinsing dishes is a bad idea. And this one comes with an eye-opening statistic from Consumer Reports. The statistic affirms that the average person wastes 6000 gallons of water every year by pre-rinsing. According to The National Resource Defense Council, most washers use only 3 to 5 gallons of water per load, while the average person uses nearly 27 gallons when pre-washing dishes.

Last but not least, the best reason to avoid pre-rinsing dishes is saving a lot of time. Sure, you may scrape off large food chunks that still cling to your dishes, but there’s no need to rinse every item thoroughly before loading them in your dishwasher.

So what else can you do to make your dishwasher perform at its optimum level? Schedule dishwasher maintenance from Able Appliance & HVAC Service for dishwasher repair and routine maintenance of all brands and models of washers. We are a trusted name in Maryland, District of Columbia & North Virginia. Enjoy same-day repairs and 24/7 emergency service!


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