Ode to My Dishwasher

Dishwasher with dishes

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I love my dishwasher with a love only surpassed by my love for shoes. I think of such modern marvels as animate, electronic servants and name them. My dishwasher’s name is Betsy. She has a ferocious appetite, which is why I would never dream of depriving her of the tasty flavors on un-rinsed dishes. It’s my reason/excuse for not rinsing dishes.

Not that a reason is needed, but it seems that everyone in my life thinks that dishes need a pre-rinse before going in the trusty dishwasher. Ok – I’m not gonna put a ham bone in there but, geez, get a grip. Futhermore, I really truly could not care less what order they go they are arranged in there either. Where did this viscous rumor that you have to rinse and organize dishes before putting them in the dishwasher originate? Obviously some busy body with not enough to do.

To justify my opinion that pre-rinsing dishes is an annoying and colossal waste of time, behold the following information from the ACEEE (American Council on Energy-Efficient Economy) website:

Whether you are buying a new dishwasher or using an existing one, you may be able to save a considerable amount of energy by changing the way you operate it.

Avoid Hand-Washing (surely they mean the dishes?)

Studies are showing more and more that, when used to maximize energy-saving features, modern dishwashers can outperform all but the most frugal hand washers.

Scrape, Don’t Rinse

Studies show that most people pre-rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, even though dishwashers purchased within the last 5–10 years do a superb job of cleaning even heavily soiled dishes. If you find you must rinse dishes first, get in the habit of using cold water.

Enuff said. I rest my case.

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