To Rinse or Not To Rinse… That is the Question

American’s may not love doing dishes, but they sure love their dishwashers! The amount of time dishwashers save cannot really be tallied, as it would depend upon how quickly you can load your machine vs. how long it takes you to hand wash all those plates and cups, however, we are sure you would agree that there are many things you would rather do than slave over a sink full of dishes. Want to know how your dishwasher can save you even more time while also helping you to conserve water?

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While your mother may have ingrained it in your head to always rinse the dishes before you load them, the modern dishwasher actually performs better when dishes have not been pre-rinsed. Many of the quality dishwasher detergents available on the market today do their job best when they have some dirt to cling too. If the dishes are too clean before the washing cycle begins, the detergent cannot optimally do its job.

According to ConsumerReports, this time-consuming rinsing habit may be causing your family to waste up to 6,000 gallons of water each year. Rather than rinse, scrape large pieces of leftover food into the trash, then pop your plates and bowls into the machine. By not rinsing, you’ll be out of the kitchen in no time.

If you just can’t get past the idea that you must rinse you dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, at least consider using cold water for rinsing, instead of hot.

Have questions about your dishwasher? The professional technicians at Dave Smith Appliance Service are standing by, waiting to give you quality appliance service you can depend on. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!