Your good intentions might have the opposite effect!
You probably have pre-rinsed your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. A lot of people think that their dishes will actually get cleaner when you pre-rinse them. But it turns out, the opposite is true.
You know the drill; right after dinner, someone clears the table and someone else rinses the dishes while stacking up the dishwasher. Then you turn the dishwasher on and you can relax while the machine does its job. A dishwasher is supposed to make our lives easier and still it feels like a lot of effort to rinse all the dishes before you turn the dishwasher on. Well, if you feel like it is too much; we actually have some good news for you. Experts say that rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher does not really do anything. Except maybe make your dishes stay dirty!
Ashley Iredale, a whitegoods expert at consumer advocacy group CHOICE told ABC Everyday that here is “absolutely no need to pre-rinse.” Apparently, all you need to do is get rid of any solid food scraps. After that, your dishes are good to go. If you do decide on rinsing your dishes first, you might actually be making things worse! “You may actually get worse results with your cleaning if you pre-rinse things than if you don’t,” Iredale said. Dishwashers have special sensors inside of them that measure the amount of dirt on your plates. If you rinse your dishes, your dishwasher is going to think that your dishes aren’t that dirty. The result: a less thorough cleaning than your plates might actually need.
So next time you have to stack the dishwasher, you won’t have to put in so much effort and your dishes will get cleaner because of it. It’s a win-win!