dishwasher myths

Solving 7 Dishwasher Myths

Are you tired of dishes that don’t get clean? Do you find yourself rewashing dishes to remove left-over residue or a cloudy finish? Your dishwasher can save you tons of time and effort if you’re using it correctly. For best results, forget about these outdated dishwasher myths.

#1: A Dishwasher is Less Effective When Completely Full

Arguably the biggest myth about dishwashers is that they are less effective when full. This isn’t true. In fact, dishwashers are the most efficient when they are full, but be careful not to overload.

Most modern dishwashers adjust to different size loads, but a load should only be run once you have enough dishes to make it worth the water and energy use. Leave some space in between each dish to allow for proper water flow, then move on to the next chore.

#2: Hand-Washing Dishes is More Sustainable Than Using a Dishwasher

Choosing the dishwasher over hand-washing can save you more time and money. Dishwashers use a small amount of water that is recycled in the same wash, so it’s more efficient than letting the kitchen faucet run while hand-washing.

It’s estimated that washing your dishes by hand can consume twice as much water as a dishwasher. The average dishwasher uses around 5-10 gallons of water for one load, but a round of hand-washing requires 25-30 gallons.

#3: Dishes Must Be Pre-Rinsed to Get Clean

You can move on from this myth, too. Detergents are designed to break down food particles, but if a dish’s residue is rinsed away before washing, there is nothing for the detergent to cling to.

Detergents can be abrasive and cause damage to your dishes if they’re completely rinsed before the wash. No rinse is recommended when using a dishwasher made in the last 5-7 years, but if your dishwasher is older it’s still best to rinse away significant residue.

#4: The More Detergent You Use the Better

Remember the cloudy finish we mentioned earlier? Here’s the culprit.

Using too much detergent will almost always leave a residue on your glassware. Newer dishwashers are made to use less water than older models so they require less soap.

It is estimated that most people use 10-15 times the amount of soap they actually need.

#5: A Dishwasher Can Be Used to Clean Any Dish, Pan or Utensil

No, you can’t put anything in your dishwasher. We all have a decent idea of what does and does not belong but questions always arise as we load the dinner dishes.

A good rule of thumb is to avoid using the dishwasher for cast iron or copper pans, soft or hard plastic, and high-quality knives. If you aren’t quite sure about an item, you can reference Kitchen Aid’s list of what is and isn’t safe to wash.

#6: It Doesn’t Matter How the Dishes Are Loaded in the Dishwasher

Loading your dishwasher is more of an art than a science, but there are some best practices when it comes to filling it up.

  • Place dishes vertically with enough space in between to allow water to flow freely
  • Load pots and pans in the bottom rack with the dirty side facing down
  • Arrange plastic utensils and storage containers on the top shelf
  • Place glasses and mugs on the top shelf without letting them bump into one another or chip

#7: Rinsing Agents Aren’t Necessary

Rinse agents are essential to keep your dishes and glassware sparkling.

Rinsing agents help prevent unwanted spots and streaks on your dishes or glasses. Even though they’re called rinsing agents, they actually remove water from your dishes and help them dry more quickly.

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