Cleaning expert reveals why you should NOT rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher – and they will likely be dirtier if you do
- A cleaning expert has claimed that dishes should not be rinsed in the dishwasher
- Ashley Iredale from CHOICE says if you do that, you can leave dirtier plates
- That’s because the rinsing of dishwasher sensors detects the ‘clean’ kitchen utensils
- The claim is backed by Bon Appetit experts who said the same thing earlier this month
Washing dishes before stacking them in the dishwasher is likely to make them dirtier than loading them straight off the table, an Australian cleaning expert claims.
Ashley Iredale, a consultant at CHOICE, a consumer advocacy group, said ABC it is “absolutely not necessary to rinse plates” and encouraged people to skip the widely practiced step if they want to avoid deep-seated food stains.
That’s because most dishwashers have built-in sensors that detect how dirty items are so they can blast them with a suitable strength of water and detergent.
All you have to do is scrape solid food into the bin before stacking plates on the bottom shelf of the dishwasher, he said.
Mr. Iredale’s claim is supported by cleaning experts from lifestyle website Bon Appetit, who earlier this month called the concept of pre-rinsing an “urban myth.”
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Cleaning experts claim that the dishes are pre-rinsed before loading in the dishwasher, making them even dirtier (image)
Contrary to popular belief, experts said that pre-rinsing has no benefit, wasting only time and water.
Pre-rinsing should only be considered if dirty dishes have been left for a long time before being loaded into the dishwasher.
In these cases, a quick wash can “work wonders” to remove stubborn stains, Melbourne director Bridget Gardner told the ABC.
The revelation divided Australians, with many claiming that pieces of food would clog the dishwasher filters if not rinsed off.
“If you don’t remove leftovers from plates before you stack them in a filter device, where do you think those leftovers end up?” asked a man.
Another said, “Seeing how thin the drain hose is on a dishwasher, you understand why you need to rinse. It only takes a few peas or corn kernels to block the pipe and then you pull the whole thing apart. ‘
CHOICE advisor Ashley Iredale (pictured) is a critic of pre-rinse crockery
A woman agreed with the pre-rinse ban and said, “It wastes water. The dishwasher would be more water efficient than a sink, but not if you rinse! ‘
“Scrape, stack and run. Rinsing blocks the sink anyway, scraping is good for the compost bin – if you have to throw out food. ‘
Others said they prefer to wash the dishes by hand because loading them in the dishwasher is too much of a hassle.
“I never understood this, if you’re going to rinse it, why don’t you just take the extra 5 seconds to wipe the cutlery completely with dish soap? What is the point of the dishwasher? asked a man.
A woman said, “I find it easier to wash by hand than to put in the dishwasher … things often don’t wash well and still need to be washed by hand.”
Top tips for packing a dishwasher
1. Mix forks, knives and spoons in one basket to prevent nesting – so that detergent and water circulate better.
2. Never put chef’s knives and wooden spoons in the dishwasher.
3. Place your larger utensils in the top drainer, such as long knives and chopsticks. Make sure that they do not interfere with the cleaning arm of the machine.
Earlier this month, experts from Bon Appetit told Australians that dishwashers should be filled back to front to maximize space, with cutlery pointing down to reduce the risk of injury and the chance of freshly pressed stainless steel.
Sharp kitchen knives, wooden boards and pans should never be machine washed, according to experts who say it will damage the finish of the items and the inside of the dishwasher.
They also recommend placing bowls and cups upside down or at an angle to prevent water from accumulating, and placing plates on the bottom shelf where the jet’s jets are strongest.