Thursday, January 12, 2012
Let Your Dishwasher Do the Work
For as long as I have been washing dishes, and that is too many years to count, I have always washed and rinsed my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Basically, I washed my dishes by hand and then put them in the dishwasher to get really, really clean. A little over a year ago after moving into our home, we had a dishwasher repair man come out because we were not happy with our diswasher's performance. He recommended using the Finish Powerball tabs and putting dishes in the dishwasher dirty. (Click here to read more about My New Dishwashing Friend.) He claimed that dishwasher detergents do a better job with oils and foods on dishes because they activate the cleaning molecules in the detergents.
He also made sure to tell me that the bottom rack of a dishwasher is designed for items that are straight up and down (i.e. plates and silverware). Placing a bowl face down is a no-no because it hinders the water distribution and thus the cleaning in the entire dishwasher. Bowls are to be placed face down on the top rack for best results.
I immediately went out and bought the Finish Powerball tabs and noticed a difference right away. But it wasn't until about a month ago, with all the dishes from the holidays (baking, family and friend dinners, etc.), that I decided to try putting dishes in the dishwasher without pre-rinsing them. And what do you know? He was right!
Here's my dishes before washing them in the dishwasher (no hand-washing):
And here's what the dishwasher and a Finish Powerball Tab did with our dirty dishes:
Not only does this help save time and water (which ultimately saves you money on your water bill), but it also saves your hands from getting too dry! (Gloves help, but having to wash fewer dishes helps out even more!)