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Maybe dishwasher today have improved. But 20 years ago if I did not rinse the plate before I put it in, the plate would usually have food stuck to it after the dishwasher was finished. Especially if the food had dried before I put them in the dishwasher
I have read and followed this advice repeatedly and have concluded that it is wrong. If I don’t rinse, my (new model, top brand) dishwasher does indeed become grungy and disgusting, requiring me to take out various sieves and collect the gunk and rinse and scrub them with a toothbrush etc. etc. all using a lot of time AND WATER. Plus despite what the advertisements claim, even expensive dishwashers do NOT clean dishes that have not been rinsed and then you end up rewashing several of your items, by which point the food really is baked on and has to be washed away with lots of water. It is much better to rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and I assert that so many people are doing this because they are right, not because they are ignorant and need educating.
I think that if your dishwasher is full and the dishes have just been used, brush off the big stuff and give it a go. We do a brief rinse because we don’t fill up the dishwasher for at least 2 days and things get dried on by then and get stuck on. Every once in a while I give it a challenge with a really grungy casserole. It always comes out sparkling. My DW is a high end 2 y/o.
The right or wrong in this answer depends on two things – the machine and the water temperature. I have owned five different washing machines in my life. I replaced two because they would not remove even the least bit of food and left crusty bits stuck to the dishes after drying. I examined the various machines closely. The machines that cleaned the dishes had a 1/3 horsepower motor. The failed machine has a much smaller motor. The smaller motor did not develop enough pressure to remove the stuck-on grime.
The other problem I discovered is the machine manufacturer recommends 140-degree water. Every water heater installer I have talked to stated new water heaters come set to 120 degrees to reduce the chance of scalding in the shower.
In short, if you have a small motor and low-temperature water, you must wash by hand, and the machine is simply a fancy drying rack
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