I’m sure you’ll agree with me – doing dishes is annoying and boring task. However, we’re doing it so regularly that we don’t even think about what we’re doing. We either wash them until clean, or rinse and put in a dishwasher and wait till it’s done. But what would you say if I tell you you’re most likely doing it wrong? And if your dishwasher is less than five years old, there’s a good chance that you are.

Let me ask you a question.  Do you pre-reinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?  When we see dirt on our dishes, our first thought is often that there’s no way the dishwasher will manage to clean that. Well, recent study says the opposite.

All new dishwashers have a technology that can sense how dirty your dishes are. That means the dirtier they are, the deeper the cleanse. So when you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, the machine will assume that dishes are mostly clean and give them a less thorough wash.
And if you rinse your dishes too much, the sensor completely shuts down and the dishwasher does nothing but rinse them once again.

Besides not rinsing the dishes, researchers recommend using a high-quality detergent and always turning the dirtiest parts of the dishes toward the center. And most importantly, they recommend reading the instructions before using your dishwasher as many newer dishwashers require dishes to be loaded in a specific way to ensure the best cleanse! There’s a reason they made those manuals people.   It’s for people like you and me that don’t know the science that goes into dishwashers.

So repeat after me.  Stop doing extra work and read the manual.  And for goodness sakes, “Stop rinsing those dishes before putting them in the dishwasher!”