Why you shouldn’t rinse dishes before loading them in the dishwasher


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DISHWASHERS already make the dreaded task of cleaning crockery quicker, but now there’s a way to make the whole process even faster.

That’s because there’s no need to rinse your dirty plates before putting them in the dishwasher — and it could actually be doing more harm than good, reports The Sun.

While it might be second nature to get rid of food scraps before loading the dishwasher, it could actually stop the detergent from working properly.

The Kitchn magazine explains that dishwasher powder works by gripping to dirty food particles found on crockery.

If the plates have been rinsed already, it has nothing to attach itself to and won’t work effectively.

As a result not only could you be wasting detergent, but your plates won’t emerge sparkling clean.

This isn’t the only reason to ditch pre-rinsing your dishes.


Newer dishwasher models are now often fitted with sensors that can calculate how long a cycle should take in order for your dishes to come out pristine.

If you have already rinsed your plates, the sensors will have little to detect and give the dishes a light wash, meaning they aren’t cleaned as effectively.

That means they may still be dirty at the end of the cycle.

This could even result in your machine getting stuck in a very short, light default setting which will become problematic when you want a more thorough clean in the future.

Finally, there’s the environment to think about.

Although dishwashers tend to use less water than traditional washing up, they still use around six gallons per cycle.

Rinsing plates beforehand only adds to that.

Online Source: The News

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