Here is why you are not supposed to rinse dishes before you put them in the dishwasher
Rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is doing it the wrong way, according to experts.
Most modern dishwashers have sensors inside of them to figure out how long to run a cycle, as pointed out by Morgan Brashear, Cascade scientist with Procter & Gamble.
“Believe it or not, it’s actually more beneficial to not rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher,” she said
Even if you press “normal” on the panel, she added, the length and temperature of the cycle can still vary depending on how dirty the dishes are as detected by the sensors.
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“The water in the pre-wash will remove any loose soils the same way they would be removed with water alone by rinsing in the sink — think things like ketchup or loose crumbs,” she explained.
“The machine will then recognize that there is food present and will run a more thorough cleaning cycle. If you pull a helicopter cleaner and you rinse all of your dishes except for one casserole dish with some baked on cheese or one morning bowl of stuck-on oatmeal, nothing will come off in the pre-wash, telling your dishwasher that there’s no food present, and it will run a shorter cycle, leading to a less thorough clean and potentially some cheese or oatmeal left on the dish,” she continued.
You shouldn't rinse dishes before you put them in the dishwasher (seriously)https://t.co/mnMjgjTGR7— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 23, 2018
SCRAPING OFF FOOD RESIDUE
It doesn’t mean, however, that one should not bother removing solid food residue from the dishes.
Maeve Richmond, a cleaning expert, said: “Remember, though, the dishwasher isn’t a garbage disposal."
She said too much solid food residue during a wash could slow down the process. “So keep up the habit of scraping off leftover food, but feel free to leave behind plate residue for your dishwasher to tackle,” she said.
A JOKE ABOUT A BROKEN DISHWASHER
Since we’re at it, here’s a hilarious story involving a dishwasher.
A woman called a repairman because her dishwasher stopped working. As she had to go to work, she instructed the repairman that she will leave the key under the mat by her doorstep.
She asked the handyman to fix her dishwasher and just leave the bill on her kitchen counter. She said she would mail him the check when she gets home.
Yah screw that, I clean my dishes silverware etc completely by hand, the dishwasher is simply a sanitize and dry step only— lovemehatemecommitme (@CrazyOnArrival) December 24, 2018
By the end of their conversation, she said, “Oh, by the way, don’t worry about my bulldog, Bob. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do not, under any circumstances, talk to my parrot! I repeat, do not talk to my parrot!”
When he arrived at the house the next day, the repairman saw the huge and mean-looking bulldog by the corner of the room.
A little scared, he headed straight to the kitchen to work. Bob, the dog, was quietly lying down on the carpet and seemed unbothered.
DYK: Visiting guests can equal stress on a community water system. Follow #GreenHoliday tips for conserving water. Don't pre-rinse dishes, make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded before running & if you wash dishes in the sink don't leave water running. https://t.co/zF3EYwMlZp pic.twitter.com/CBFGmNDij4— Missouri DNR (@MoDNR) December 21, 2018
The parrot, however, kept yelling, cursing, and called the repairman names. Soon enough, the repairman was fed up. “Shut up, you stupid, ugly bird!” he said to the parrot.
Just then, the parrot said, “Get him, Bob!”