Originally shared by Keith Wilson
Don’t Wash the Dishes Before Washing the Dishes
All too often I talk to customers who spend a great deal of time and effort pre-washing their dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. If you’re using a dishwasher manufactured in the last 10-15 years, pre-washing is probably not necessary. If you’re using a dishwasher manufactured in the last 5 years, pre-washing is definitely not necessary. Scrape the major food particles from your dishes and load them into the dishwasher. If the dishes have been sitting long enough that the remaining food had dried completely, wet each dish thoroughly before placing it in the dishwasher, again making sure the major food particles have been removed. Some food is necessary for the enzymes in your dishwasher detergent to work properly. Make sure the incoming water is at least 120°F by running the hot water at the kitchen sink until it gets hot. For best results, don’t use gel dishwashing liquid. Use powder or pods instead. The powder and pods contain enzymes that do a great job cleaning your dishes. The gel just contains soap and sand. Soap and sand do not clean dishes well and scratch your glasses.