Why You Should Stop Pre-Rinsing Dishes Before You Put Them In The Dishwasher

We spend a lot of time pre-rinsing dishes. Fortunately, with today’s modern dishwashers that may be an unnecessary task and a way to get back a little time.  Just scrape off excess food, place it in the dishwasher, and you are good to go.

Here are 4 reasons why you don’t need to pre-rinse:

Dishwasher detergent works better with dirty dishes

The makers of Cascade actually recommend keeping the dishes dirty.  “Enzymes in Cascade detergent are designed to attach themselves to food particles,” the Wall Street Journal reports.  Procter & Gamble, the makers of Cascade, say “Without food, the enzymes have nothing to latch onto.”  You basically may lose all the benefits of the detergent as it can rinse off too early in the washing process.

You won’t get dishes any cleaner by hand-washing ahead of time

Today’s modern dishwashers do a pretty amazing job at cleaning even the dirtiest of dishes. Research proves that the extra rinsing doesn’t get them any cleaner.

You waste a lot water and energy by pre-washing dishes

Consumer Reports states you can waste up to 6,000 gallons a year by pre-rinsing dishes.  They say “If you want to wash your dishes before the machine is full, use the rinse-and-hold cycle, which uses about half the water you’d consume hand washing them.”

It takes away your valuable time

I know how incredibly busy you are. Why not spend time doing other things on your to-do list. Ditching this habit can save you hundreds of hours over a year.

Bonus Tip

Consumer Reports also says to get your dishes the cleanest, load large items at the side and back of the dishwasher, that way they don’t block the water.  Also face everyone inward so they get hit by the spray.