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Stop Rinsing your dishes before loading them into the Dishwasher

If you grew up with a dishwasher years ago, you probably would rinse the dishes in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher. Today’s dishwashers not only clean far better than their predecessors, but they actually work better when the dishes are dirty to begin with!


All you really need to do is scrape off the large food scraps from the plate into the trash can before loading them into the dishwasher. Everything else from sauce to small scraps should stay on the plates for the dishwasher to clean up.


Top 3 Reasons to Stop Pre-Rinsing Dishes

1) Most of today's dishwashers use sensors that detect the soil level that is on the dishes. Those sensors will adjust the time and temperature of the wash cycle based on the soil level. If you pre-rinse your dishes, the sensors don't work properly since there are no food particles to detect, which results in shorter cycles without a full clean being done.

2) The average homeowner who pre-rinses their dishes wastes about 6,000 gallons of water a year, according to a Consumer Reports study.


Energy efficient dishwashers use water much more efficiently than a sink faucet - for example - turning the sink faucet on for just one minute is equivalent to the same amount of water used on a 2 ½ hour cycle on dishwashers like Bosch!

3) You’re not really ‘cleaning’ dishes when you use the sink.

Sure, rinsing all the food scraps off in the sink makes the dishes look clean, but there’s still plenty of bacteria and germs present. Sink water only gets to about 120, which is the bare minimum for sanitizing over a long period of time.

Dishwashers on the other hand use internal water heaters that get the temperature up to 145℉, ensuring that all the germs and bacteria are killed off the dishes.


It’s hard for people to commit to doing the dishes this way, whether it be not trusting the dishwasher to do the job or just plain habit from years of rinsing dishes beforehand.

If you can break the habit and just try putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher once, we guarantee you’ll change your ways for good.