‘Don’t Rinse’—Why You’re Probably Loading Your Dishwasher Incorrectly


The number of home hacks and tips that are popping up on YouTube has increased in popularity. Some products can be very helpful, like those that help free up space for small kitchens. Some might be more harmful than others, like filling your garbage disposal with ice in order to clean it. You might be asking yourself, “Am I really doing this wrong, or is this person just crazy?”

Take a look at one of these videos that caused a lot of debate on the Suggest Team: How do you load a dishwasher correctly?

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A video showing how to load a dishwasher was posted by Babs Costello, beloved internet grandma and mom (known affectionately as Brunch with Babs on Instagram and TikTok), and has been viewed over 6.5 Million times. LotsYou can leave comments. 

Costello’s advice ranges from everyday cleaning tips to cozy family recipes. In her post on loading a dishwasher, Costello started the video with her two very important don’ts, and her first tip was quite controversial with fans.

Dishwasher Loading Don’t’s:

  1. “Scrape, don’t rinse,”Her advice was to take food scraps out of dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. “Not only will you save water, but the detergent will have something to adhere to.” This obviously had people talking.
  2. “Don’t put things in the dishwasher that don’t belong there, like wood objects or your good kitchen knives.” These items should be hand-washed instead, which we agree with.

From there, Costello went into her long list of do’s, some of which had viewers surprised.

Dishwasher Loading Do’s:

  1. Fragile objects should be placed at the top, between the prongs and not on top. Costello also included small bowls in the group. He added that bulky utensils should go between the cups or bowls.
  2. Our most popular preciousItems, wine glasses, Costello provided a brilliant tip on how to load. “For tall wine glasses, don’t forget to drop your top shelf down before closing,”She said it in the video. “To lower your top rack, just push in (on the sidebars) and press down.”
  3. Costello suggested that items be oriented towards the center of the rack for a cleaner look.
  4. If you’re washing pots or pans, they belong in the front of the dishwasher.
  5. For safety, knives should be placed straight side down. Spoons and forks can be grouped together to make it easier to unload later.
  6. To finish, ensure the spray arms are unobstructed, and you’re ready to run!

We said that this video generated both intrigue as well as a few eyebrows.

Many people disagreed with the instructions on how to load silverware. Many people commented that spoons and forks could get stuck together depending on how they are arranged. Another commenter pointed out that it might not be the best way to unload spoons or forks with their handles down.

The most controversial aspect was not washing the dishes before loading. Many noted that they don’t run their dishwasher daily, so rinsing is needed to ensure proper cleaning. Others replied that a lack in pre-rinsing can cause a strange odor, no matter what detergent is used.

Ashley Iredale is an expert with Choice, an independent consumer advocacy group. She says pre-rinsing can not only be unnecessary, but also help to make your dishes taste better. Less clean. “If you pre-rinse everything, your dishwasher’s going to think that your plates are cleaner than they actually are, so it won’t wash as intensely and they might actually come out dirtier,” Iredale told The Guardian. Most modern dishwashers come with sensors that detect the amount of dirt during the initial rinse cycle. Who knew?

Everyone’s dishwashing habits and appliances are different, but perhaps you may have learned a few do’s (or don’ts) to apply in the future.

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