It depends on the dishwasher and how much food is on the dishes.
Try not rinsing them. If they still come out clean, then what is the
problem? If bits of food end up on the dishes, then you must rinse
off more of the food.
Basically agree w/ whoever said "try less and see" for the actual
answer, but pragmatically the "does it matter?" answer may win, anyway. :)
We rinse but it takes 2-3 days for the two of us to fill it before it
runs so if not rinsed, by that time the remnants don't come easily.
There's the "prewash" cycle, but it's nearly as costly as the full wash
so doesn't help a lot.
If were to fill and wash immediately, not so much...
I don't know why I do it, but I always wash mine before putting them
in the dishwasher. I guess old habits die hard, so I've never actually
put dishes in that weren't clean. I do think that the newer models
should do a good job without rinsing though.
a. husband is a puss
b. dishwasher should do the job.
c. if you're going to rinse them, you might just as well run the soap sponge
across them and put them away.
d. i never did understand people who do this.
I'm in favor of both, depending on circumstances.
Since it is just the two of us, we may run the DW every other day. In that
case, if the dishes have dairy products or things that may stink in 24
hours, they get rinsed for a second. And I do mean just a second, to get the
heavy stuff off. If the DW is going to be run in the next few hours, then
no, dishes are scraped and put right in. They come out perfect every time.
I love the way glasses sparkle when they come out. We do use a rinse aid.
Try it and save time and water.
Careful, rational answers not allowed here.
I live alone, and don't generate a lot of dishes. I run the machine
maybe once a week. So yeah, I prewash as I stack them in the sink, or or
the residue turns to concrete. I might wash the odd thing by hand, but
seldom feel that motivated, and the DW gets them cleaner than I can by
hand. (Like the tea stains in the mugs- DW gets them pristine- I can't)
Original dishwasher sales were abysmal based on "labor-saving" claims.
Researchers found that women LIKED to wash dishes, they WANTED to wash
dishes, they NEEDED to wash dishes. Social scientists were flumoxed,
executives were confused, sales people actually died from confusion.
But American ingenuity saved the day: dishwashers were re-marketed with a
rationale of cleanliness and sterilization. The notion of sanitation trumped
whatever emotional attachment the ladies had to doing the dishes by hand and
What we have here is the emergence of a recessive gene in your wife. But a
compromise is available. Let her rinse the dishes and everybody gets what
they need. Except those who like to follow logic.
I have a 14-year-old portable el cheapo Maytag (I think made by
Whirlpool) and we barely scrape, let alone rinse, and everything comes
out sparkling. I'm still amazed at its performance, given my memories
of the '60s avocado Kitchenaid I grew up with. We literally had to
wash the dishes before loading.
There may be other factors, too. When I was growing up, we had a 1957
Kitchenaid unit. My mother scraped well, but did not rinse the dishes.
This was a model which had no detergent cup. You measured out the
detergent and placed it on the door. IIRC, the only one available at the
time was Electrasol. Our dishes always came out clean and spotless. I
suspect water condition, water temperature, and amount of detergent all
play large parts in how well any dishwasher works, past or present.
Most dishwasher and detergent mfrs- and even Consumer Reports-- say there's
no need to pre-rinse dishes.
But if mamma wants then rinsed, then do it man. A wise man who likes to get
getting sex picks and chooses his battles carefully-- and this isn't one of
Yes, I agree with the above. RTFM. I only run mine every few
days. So I rinse off anything that if left to dry out would become a
real problem. That is pretty much just uncooked egg or cake batter
type stuff. Just about everything else, I scrape off the large
stuff and in it goes. Never had a problem with anything coming out
dirty that could be attributed to not pre-rinsing it. Of course, if
you have a cooking pot that has major burned on residue, that won't
come out clean. But I don't see that as a pre-rinse issue, as it
needs to be soaked, hand washed, etc.
Also agree that the pre-rinsing is just using extra water and energy
and goes a long way to defeating the purpose of the DW.
The instructions for our dishwasher say that rinsing is not necessary,
as do the instructions for the detergent we use.
However, that assumes, IMO, that one puts the dishes straight from the
table into the dishwasher so that whatever is left on the dishes, pots,
etc., does not dry hard while the dishes are sitting around before being
put in the dishwasher.
So, since I seem to be unable to train the other members of this
household, I almost always rinse (or even soak) everything before
putting it in the dishwasher.
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