You’ve likely heard that dishes should be rinsed before putting them in the dishwasher to ensure they come out perfectly clean. You may even do this daily because it is a widely spread myth. However, this article debunks this false belief that provides no benefits for either dish cleanliness or energy consumption.
Rinsing dishes beforehand consumes a considerable amount of water. Moreover, if we do it with hot water, it also requires additional energy to heat it. Allowing the dishwasher to do all the cleaning work will help us save resources and reduce the energy consumption in our homes.
Bosch, a dishwasher brand, claims that one of their 9.5 liter dishwashers, at full capacity, saves an impressive amount of water compared to manually washing the same amount of dishes by hand: up to 30.5 liters per cycle. Therefore, rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher is unnecessary and only wastes resources.
On the other hand, dishwasher detergents available today are designed to efficiently remove grease, food residues, and stains, even when dishes are not pre-rinsed. Sometimes, food residues on the dishes can actually help dishwasher detergents work better, as they have something to react and remove. Therefore, thoroughly rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher may not result in optimal cleanliness.
In conclusion, rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is not necessary. This not only saves water and energy but also allows dishwasher detergents to work more effectively. So, save time and resources and forget about rinsing dishes before washing them in the dishwasher!
– Dishwasher: An appliance designed to wash and sanitize dishes and kitchen utensils.
– Detergent: A substance used to remove dirt and stains from objects.
– El Comprador de La Vanguardia
– Bosch (dishwasher brand)