Rinsing off your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher seems like the sensible, normal thing to do.
But according to one home and lifestyle website, it’s actually not the best way to use your dishwasher.
Kitchn magazine gives three reasons why you shouldn’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and it might surprise you why!
Although you should always scrape off food, rinsing the dishes with water actually makes the job your dishwasher does less effective.
As Kitchn reports, the detergent in your dishwasher works by attaching itself to the food particles on your dishes.
Without food particles, it has nothing to attach to and therefore is less effective.
If you have a newer dishwasher, chances are it is full of fancy sensors that can detect how much water it needs to use to clean your dishes.
According to Kitchn, rinsing your dishes can confuse these sensors, causing your dishwasher to use less water than it needs to get your dishes sparkly clean.
And of course there’s the amount of water you’re using too.
If you’ve got a dishwasher, then you know just how much water they can use in one cycle and rinsing dishes will add extra water usage on top of that.
Who knew there were so many rules for using your dishwasher?!