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Rinsing Plates Before Loading The Dishwasher Does More Harm Than Good

Rinsing Plates Before Loading The Dishwasher Does More Harm Than Good

If you're anything like us, giving your plates a speedy rinse before you bung them in the dishwasher is a daily domestic chore.

After all, it's the best way to remove excess food, ensure your tableware comes up squeaky clean, and prevent the machine getting clogged up with scraps, right?

That's what we've always assumed, at least - but Ashley Iredale, a white goods expert for consumer advocacy group CHOICE, advises otherwise.

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Ashley recently told ABC that there was "absolutely no need to pre-rinse" plates.

According to Ashley, you simply need to scrape any remaining food into the bin or compost before loading your dirty crockery into the dishwasher. Let the dishwasher take care of the rest.

"You may actually get worse results with your cleaning if you pre-rinse things than if you don't," he adds.

It's important to keep in mind that most dishwashers have sensors inside them, which means that if your plates are super dirty, they'll be washed with a jet which is strong enough to clean them thoroughly.

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All of which means that if you pre-rinse your dishes, "you may actually fool your dishwasher" into thinking they only require a light wash setting, Ashley explains.

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The upshot? You could be left with dishes that are still dirty after a full wash cycle.

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Worried about all those food bits clogging up your machine? We don't blame you - but the solution is simple.

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All you need to do is clean the filter - which you'll find located under the spray arm - once very month.

Of course, if food has been left to dry on your plates for hours prior to washing, and is firmly cakes onto the surface, then you may need to try a different tac and give them a rinse to loosen all that much.

For anything else, simply scrape and stack.

Mark Quinn, CEO of eco-cleaning brand OzKleen, told Tyla: "You should always scrape off any leftovers before putting your dishes in the dishwasher, but that's all you should do. Your dishes actually need to be a bit dirty for the dishwasher detergent to work.

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"Many detergents have enzymes in them that are designed to latch on to food particles, and without them there, the clever enzymes would just slide off your plates, so a little bit of dirt is the perfect dish for your dishwasher. As well as the science, there's the wasting of water and energy to think about.

"As an eco-cleaning brand, we would always advise using as little energy and water as possible whenever you are cleaning. As well as wasting energy and water, pre-washing or rinsing dishes is also just a waste of your precious time, so relax, no need to double wash!"

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Topics: Hack, Home, cleaning, Life

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.