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Jun 24, 2013 03:35 PM

Do you wash your dishes before you place them in the dishwasher?

I do..
Couldn't imagine not cleaning them before they go in the dishwasher.
Never trusted those commercials.

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  1. I rinse only....easier to clean the food debris from the sink than from the dishwasher.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        If you wash by hand, you are not only wasting water, but you can never get the water hot enough to really clean.

          1. re: poser

            I don't own a dishwasher, but I assure you my dishes get "really clean".

            1. re: iluvcookies

              Indeed. I only recently moved into a house with a dishwasher, and I never had any problems. And you can get the water as hot as you want, it's just a matter of what your hands can stand. I built up my tolerance as a kid; we never had a dishwasher until my parents divorced and Mom's new house had one, when I was 17. I was the primary dishwasher.

          2. re: jrvedivici

            I prefer to wash dishes by hand too.

            I hope you weren't being sarcastic.

            1. re: miss_belle

              I've never even opened up my dishwater. Ever.

              I used to use my dishwater as storage space, but ever since I've moved to a bigger space, I have enough space as is.

              Everything done by hand, or not at all.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                we are the other extreme.
                We have twin Miele dishwashers under our kitchen Island and two dishwashing drawers in the built-ins in the dining room for crystal and silver.

                Day to day, cooking for 4 humans and 4 dogs we do a minimum of 2 dishwasher loads per day in the kitchen.

                The dining room dishwashing drawers are for holiday and company time use.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  I will have two dishwashers after our next kitchen remodel. Even with just three people in the house, more days than not, I could run two loads a day.

              2. re: miss_belle

                No sarcasm at all. I prefer to hand wash our dishes as I truly believe it get's them cleaner than the dishwasher. To me it's also easier to just do it and get it over with. Call it my ADD if you like, however I do prefer to wash my utensils in the dish washer. Specifically forks, but since I don't want to seem to bizarre I just throw all the utensils in, after whipping them with a soapy sponge by hand first.

                (it kind of grosses me out that I can't get between the prongs on a fork so that's the basis for my preferring the dish washer for them)

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    You "whip" your utensils? Is that legal in your state?

                    1. re: Motosport

                      Hahahaha.......good catch, that's what I get for posting while at work, not enough time to go back and proof read. *Wiping with a soapy sponge.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I was a proof reader in a former life. It's a curse!!

                      2. re: jrvedivici

                        Wow, I've heard of kinky fetishes but whipping your utensils? Hmmm..

                    2. re: jrvedivici

                      I too wash by hand. We're only two in my household right now, and our kitchen in tinytiny. I managed to make it out of childhood eating in the homes of family members who also didn't have dishwashers. Hot water, the friction of "scrubbing" things, and good soap is enough for me.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Even people who have mechanical dishwashers, also wash dishes by hand, but not by choice.

                        People who prefer to wash all their dishes by hand usually don't have that many dishes to do.

                        I live in a household of 5, so there's no way I'd wash dishes by hand, especially since I do all the dish washing and kitchen cleaning. We run our dishwasher every one or two days, because everyone cooks. There are still a few dishes that have to be washed by hand...

                        1. re: BlogZilla

                          I actually think the OP is referring to a good rinse before putting items in the dishwasher. Hardly what I'll call washing dishes.

                          Advertising for modern dishwashers always braggs that there's no need to rinse dishes before running the wash cycle. Sounds great until you talk to the repair men. As explained to me, the technology isn't yet capable of fully disposing of the food crud that comes off dirty-into-the-dishwasher plates and eventually clogs up some components.

                      2. Well, I scrape and sometimes rinse but I try to leave enough food on them so we can tell they're dirty LOL.

                        My dearly departed MIL would "wash" them before putting my dishes into the dishwasher, not run the cycle, and then put the dirty, but "clean" dishes away in my cupboards.

                        So we leave streaks of food evident, but not big chunks....

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                          1. re: nlgardener

                            Sometimes the only way I can tell if a load is clean is by the puddles of water on the tops of the bowls and tupperware. Otherwise I would often be at a loss. :p (I've only re-washed a clean load once in four months, so I think I'm doing okay. I need one of those little clean/dirty magnets.)

                            1. re: Kontxesi

                              My solution to this is to always close the detergent compartment when I load even one dish.. closed compartment means dirty dishes. It opens when the cycle is run. Open compartment means clean dishes. Even if I'm out of soap I still close it and add the soap later.

                          2. I have to rinse well because I have one of those old style dishwashers that I have to roll over to the sink to hook up.

                            My mother, however, has a higher-end dishwasher that would remove road tar without rinsing, but you could truly lick the plates in her "dirty" dishwasher. She won't believe us that she's wasting water and time, though.

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                            1. re: Terrie H.

                              I rinse, now if I could just get the kids to put things in the DW, I'd be happier...

                            2. I rinse only. the detergents need some stuck on food to work properly.