Dishwasher Series - To Rinse Or Not To Rinse?

Simple solution to avoid those pesky bits of food sticking to your plates and cutlery

Although rinsing plates and cutlery before putting them in the dishwasher can seem to be rather pointless, it's well worth taking those extra couple of minutes to make sure everything comes out clean and it's also kinder to your dishwasher.

Rinsing crockery before putting it in the dishwasher can seem a waste of time because after all, the dishwasher is going to wash it anyway.  So why do we need to rinse before loading?  

Have you ever unloaded the dishwasher to find the glasses and cups have a hard grainy residue that you can't see but you can feel?  Well this can be due to having food residue swishing around during the wash.  It can also be down to poor loading, which I will cover in a later post.  

If you are not going to set the dishwasher going straight away then rinsing the plate or cutlery means the food, especially sauces, won't get dried on.  If the food does get dried on it often doesn't come off with the first wash, especially on forks and so you have to set it going again, which means it's more time consuming, more costly, and a bigger carbon footprint.

Rinsing prior to washing also means any larger food bits get removed properly before loading, as these could potentially block the dishwasher and end up costing you a hefty repair bill.  

Your dishwasher is also going to keep cleaner, which will help to eliminate any nasty smells that can be caused by a build up of bacteria in the base of your machine, or in the waste pipe.

Jane Fern