Did you know that you shouldn’t ever rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher? More on this, and other useful dishwasher tips below…

If you’re one of the households lucky enough to own a dishwasher, one of the most common arguments between you and your housemates is probably about how to pack the dishwasher, and whether or not to rinse the dishes before they go in.

Now you can put an end to that argument with this fact: Never rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Why?

Besides being a major waste of water, it’s going to affect how clean your dishes are. Most dishwashers have an automatic sensor system which checks to see how much debris is floating around in the machine before going ahead with the wash cycle. This happens NO MATTER WHICH CYCLE YOU SELECT.

WIN a R 2,000 Woolworths Voucher

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

Rinsing your dishes could affect how your machine cleans OTHER items in the dishwasher. For example, you may have stacked a few rinsed plates, but also included a grimy pot. The dishwasher will sense that there isn’t a lot of debris, and so will implement a lighter clean. You will find that your plates come out sparkling, but the pot may still have dirt in it.

via GIPHY

Dishwashers save the day

Dishwashers aren’t just there to solve family arguments about who cleans up after a fun dinner party. They can also clean a number of other household items besides kitchen dishes. One of the most useful functions is cleaning plastic kids’ toys.

Kids of a certain age love to put things in their mouths. And instead of spoiling their fun by taking their toys away, you can make sure that their toys are free of dirt and germs by cleaning them in the dishwasher every so often. Just make sure that you use a cold cycle and don’t select the heated drying option.

Watch the video below to view some of the things that your dishwasher can clean for you:

Dishwashers can also clean:

Ziplock bags, pet dishes, sponges and dish washing utensils, kids’ plastic toys, baseball/sports caps, rubber or plastic shoes (think Crocs and slops), vent covers, dust pans, microwave trays, silicone kitchen implements, make-up brushes, hair brushes and combs!