Actually there was a 60 minutes type article on this a few years back.
I'd remove the screens and look underneath. You should clean these at
least every 3 months or so..
Dishwashers are for suckers and professional consumers (which is what
most 'mericans have become). It's actually easier and healthier to clean
as you go. Don't shoot the messenger. Just trying to point out the
ridiculousness of these contraptions and maybe save a life or
Some machines do not have removable screens and don't require any such
maintenance. Those that do should certainly be inspected and cleaned.
It is neither easier nor healthier to clean as you go. That's only your
opinion. I suppose you'd also rather see people beating their clothes on
rocks in a stream than use a washing machine. I'm surprised you use a
computer. Don't they cause cancer? Oh, that's right...you don't use a
computer, you use your television to connect to the Web.
You seem to be severely technophobic, so there's no reasoning or arguing
I have lived with and used dishwashers since 1956 and have never had any
problem with the way they clean nor with sanitation of the unit.
I thought I had Webtv users block. I must look into that.
I realize that. They are not a substitute for a garbage disposal unit, in
fact, they clearly will not handle larger pieces of food. However, it
doesn't take rinsing to prep the dishes. Scraping off food particles/
residue is sufficient.
Yes you can get both grinding and non-grinding in America, the ones
with grinders run louder. Soft food can get through my non-grinder
fine, but I make sure nothing hard like a cherry pit goes into the
DW. Mine drains into the garbage disposal through a flexible 1 inch
hose raised in the middle. Never had a clog in 12 years, heavy twice/
thrice a day use, drain hose has to run about 5 or 6 feet to sink.
pipe. Do the math. No solids of any sort should go down a sink pipe.
Even if you do have a disposal, how would the dishwasher run-off water
get run through it? Do you run the disposal the entire time the
dishwasher is draining? And is the water outflow even connected above
the disposal. No. The outflow is connected below the disposal, so no,
food should NEVER go in a dishwasher.
You can obsess about it all you want, but I've never had a problem. I run
the disposal before the DW and the DW drains through the disposal. Perhaps
your house has problems with faulty plumbing, but please don't admonish
those of us that do not.
Lemme guess, you've never actually seen a garbage disposal. Most of
them have built in connectors for dishwasher drains and those
connectors are at the top, not the bottom. Don't believe me, go down
to Home Depot and examine the display models.
When we moved into our current house, it had a disposal and the
dishwasher drain hose was connected to a fitting on the side of the
disposal's grinding chamber. So any solid "chunks" in the drain water
could sit around in the disposal until the next time it ran. However,
the dishwasher itself had a fine screen on the pump inlet, so there
shouldn't have been any chunks in the drain water - the disposal hookup
Perhaps YOUR's doesn't have a grinder. Well there's a chopper down there on
mine and the hose leaving the DW is only 3/4 inch, and it dumps into a
1-1/2" line. I rekon it's no worse than some people shoving everything
under the sun down the garbage disposal. It all ends up in the same place.
I don't really see where it's disgusting. It's just food.
Yes, mine has a "grinder", not that I'd ever expect that to do anything.
It's disgusting because all that food will eventually clog and back up into
the sink. It takes two seconds to rinse the dishes. I guess that's why
advertisers talk about "stuck on food". What they really mean is "lazy
Don't you suppose that's why dishwasher manufacturer's have designed
machines to accomodate the "lazy people"?
I have had dishwashers in every home I've ever lived in since childhood and
never ever had any type of clogging problem, much less any disgusting
problem caused by not rinsing the dishes. Hell, if I have to rinse them, I
might as well just wash them by hand. Zeesh!
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