To Pre-Rinse or Not to Pre-Rinse?
The other day I was watching I Love Lucy and it was the episode where after discovering she's washed over 200,000 dishes, Lucy tries to persuade Ricky to get her an electric dishwasher. This is unheard of for the most part today since many homes come with a dishwasher now, making it one of the greatest inventions, ever.
Even though, I use this great invention I always pre-rinse my dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. I basically "clean" them before the dishwasher does. So I was surprised when I came across this article on Simplemost.com: "Why You Should Stop Pre-Rinsing Dishes Before You Put Them In The Dishwasher"
Proctor&Gamble, the makers of Cascade, recommend putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher because:
“Enzymes in Cascade detergent are designed to attach themselves to food particles,” the Wall Street Journal reports."
Therefore, you're defeating the purpose of the detergent by pre-rinsing.
Another reason not to pre-rinse is you waste a lot of water and energy by doing so.
Consumer Reports states you can waste up to 6,000 gallons a year by pre-rinsing dishes."
Also, you're wasting precious time when you could be doing something else.
Although, I get the points made here, I can't help but pre-wash my dishes because I don't want food laying in my dishwasher. Gross!
Do you pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?
If you do, does reading this article make you change your mind about pre-rinsing?