Do you rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher?

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It’s the argument that divides households – and we want to hear your view.

Before putting your dirty plates in the the dishwasher, do you rinse off the surplus food to stop the gunk getting caught in the pipes? Or do you leave all the cleaning to your dishwasher?

Your parents may have ingrained in your head at a young age to thoroughly rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. It would appear that most dishwasher manufacturers now say there is no need to do a complete rinse, adding it’s a waste of water. However the last time I had my broken dishwasher repaired, the engineer said it was really important to rinse to prolong the life of the dishwasher.  So perhaps my mum had been right after all?

This subject has also been debated among service providers analysing whether the chemicals in the dishwasher detergent need to interact with food soils to work properly. So that complicates things a bit.

So perhaps then it is a personal choice – what are your views?  Do yo own a dishwasher? Do you rinse before you load, or just scape off any leftover food, and then stack and go? Or do you wash-up by hand?

 

Do you rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher?

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major red
12th Sep 2016
0
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my wife's the dish washer saves ton of water
major red
19th Aug 2016
0
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butterflyei
5th Jul 2016
1
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It is not just a case of whether you do or not - nothing is ever black and white. If plates are going to be left in the dishwasher overnight then a quick rinse will help the wash the following day. You cannot clean plates by hand washing if you leave bits so why should a mechanical dishwasher be any different. The real argument in our family is whether or not you rearrange everything after someone else!
Pookies49
5th Jun 2016
0
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iestynlad
13th May 2016
0
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If people find this necessary why don't they buy a dishwasher up to the job! or wash by hand?
Lionel
28th Apr 2016
3
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I'm the dishwasher and of course I scrape off the gunk first!
Robert2706
28th Apr 2016
3
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Only wash of any excess food, nothing more to stop the filter getting blocked
Wilf
27th Apr 2016
1
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I just saw a funny post on the Silversurfers FB site about dogs licking dishes in the dishwasher. Both our dogs do this. Disgusting but highly amusing!
JohnHerb
25th Apr 2016
3
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Not really. I thought the point of dishwashers was to wash the dishes but then I am a bloke!
millimenopause
24th Apr 2016
4
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If they are really dirty with say gravy or sauce then yes. I keep telling MOH that if he puts the saucepans in without using lemon and the scouring pad first, they just come out with the same old marks on them, they are old just like us and I am proven right every time. You also need to put a cleaner (lemon and 1tsp sodium bicarb in a small dish) through the dishwasher every now and then it helps remove the scum in the bottom of the dishwasher.
butterflyei
5th Jul 2016
0
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great tip thank you will try it, I have some out of date bicarb which will do nicely I think
Wilf
22nd Apr 2016
5
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If its got a lot of food on it yes...come to think of it even if it hasn't but if its got sauces etc on it I will. I also put pans in there to make sure they are really clean when they come out and any chopping boards which have had raw meats on
jeanmark
22nd Apr 2016
3
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I've had a dishwasher for a number of years and wouldn't do with out it. I don't rinse all dishes but like shelie I do rinse the thick gunk of, that's rinse not wash.
sheilie
22nd Apr 2016
4
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I've never used a dishwasher before until this year (2016) but the booklet say's no need to rinse before, however I do rinse thick gunk off.
Alicia
22nd Apr 2016
0
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What dishwasher? I don't have one!
It would only be a waste of space and another appliance that would go wrong and need repairs.
Wendy16
22nd Apr 2016
2
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My dish washer broke down. I do not want another as I was always rinsing the dishes/pots and pans before I put into the dishwasher. I am back to good old fashion washing by hand, so much quicker. Draining board to dry then put away. Not having to bend is a bonus as well.
Pam1960
21st Apr 2016
3
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A dishwasher has never been high on my list of must haves. I've always thought by the time you have rinsed the plates and stacked the dishwasher it would have been quicker to wash them by hand. If someone has an idea for an ironing robot that would be on my must have list
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A great thought Pam ... probably not that far away now!

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