Stop Pre-rinsing Your Dishes

After you’ve finished preparing and enjoying a delicious dinner, the last thing that you want to do is spend an hour at the sink washing your dishes. Convenience is the reason that dishwashers were invented in the first place. Still, the majority of customers that we talk to waste minutes of their leisure time every evening rinsing their dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Yes, you read correctly: pre-rinsing your dishes before running the dishwasher is a waste of your time. Dishwashers are made to clean dirty dishes. In fact, the food particles that are on your plates when you load them are actually part of the cleaning process, as they create friction during the wash cycle that helps to get the load cleaner.

The American magazine “Consumer Reports” put dozens of dishwasher models to the test, loading them with dishes that were covered in sticky foods like peanut butter and baked-on goo. The publication found that the majority of dishwashers easily removed the worst messes, leading to dishes that were just as clean as those that had been pre-rinsed.

In addition to saving you time, eliminating pre-rinsing from your dishwashing routine can help you save a tremendous amount of water. A study at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the U.S. found that pre-rinsing your dishes wastes up to 25 gallons (approximately 95 litres) of water per meal. Skipping the unnecessary step is better for the planet and can help you save money on your water bills.

If you find that your dishwasher is unable to thoroughly clean your dishes without prerinsing, you may be in need of dishwasher repairs. Contact our team at Matic Service to come out and give the appliance a check-up to see if worn our parts could be to blame for poor results.