Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Don't rinse your dishes. Scrape them instead!
In case you missed it, here's a great article from the New York Times that reminds us that pre-rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is not going to give you cleaner dishes in the end: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/garden/21fix.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1322071773-xWRa0gEbsjJphT8PMyyrpQ
The gist of it is summed up in this quote, "“Pre-rinsing dishes is a big mistake,” said John Dries, a mechanical engineer and the owner of Dries Engineering, an appliance design consulting company in Louisville, Ky. “People assume that the dishwasher will perform better if you put in cleaner dishes, and that’s not true. Just scrape. Pre-rinsing with hot water is double bad, because you’re pumping water and electricity down the drain.”
But don't scrape with a knife or other metal utensil because it can leave scratches or marks. Goodbye Detergent! makes a kitchen scraper made of polyester resin that gently scrapes leftover food off your plates. You'll save water and your dishes will come out cleaner.