Loading a dishwasher is something we all probably have to do during our lifetime. And chances are that if you do this often, you have probably set up a routine to load it.
Maybe you put all the plates on the bottom, neatly stacked next to each other. Maybe you are completely sure that all your cups and Tupperware are only on the top racks. Do you always have to put forks with other forks and spoons with different spoons? Are you placing your kitchenware with the right side up or down?
It appears that there are many preferences for loading a dishwasher. But above all, one of the most common pre-loading rituals is to rinse the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
Pretty innocent, right? Necessary, even? You probably haven’t thought much about this general practice yet. But it is actually possible to pre-rinse your dishes in the sink before loading them in the dishwasher, which may cause your dishwasher to do more damage than is good.
“Believe it or not, it’s actually better not to rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher,” says Morgan Brashear, a Cascade scientist at Procter and Gamble.
The dirtier the dish, the better the clean
The rule about not pre-rinsing is all about the progress of dishwashers. In this time, dishwashers include sensors that are able to determine how long a cycle should run – and that is a conclusion the machine makes based on how dirty the dishes are.
This means that if you do not rinse your dishes and leave a little food residue on the plate or bowl, the sensors can really detect the food and therefore know that they must perform a more thorough wash.
According to Consumer Reports, if you’ve bought your dishwasher for more than $ 500 in the last five years, this applies to you. It sounds a bit backwards, but thanks to dishwashers that have improved so much over the years, we can eliminate this extra step.
Now, on the other side of the spectrum, this does not mean that you have to leave chunks of spaghetti and meatball on your plate and then do that in the dishwasher. You don’t want to leave too much food on the dish or utensils – causing the food particles to get stuck in the system, especially if your dishwasher has no filter or internal garbage disposal.
The perfect pre-dishwasher is clean to scrape off large pieces of food and then place in the dishwasher. You will be amazed how shiny and clean those babies will come out!
This is not the only debate about the dishwasher. In fact, experts have determined three different personality types based on how you load a dishwasher. Watch the video below to find out who you are. You will also learn a little more about why pre-rinsing dishes can be so harmful to the cleanliness of your kitchenware.
What are your “rules” for loading the dishwasher? Do you usually rinse your dishes, or do you place them on the racks, food scraps and so on?