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Two myths about dishwashing that will surprise you.

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Every household has its own routine when it comes to dishwashing.  It’s something we all have to do.  My husband and I were taught two entirely different methods of washing dishes.  When he was living at home, they never rinsed their dishes.  They scraped the leftovers into the trash and put their dishes straight into the dishwasher. His entire family does it that way.

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I on the other hand, was taught to rinse the dishes first IF we were going to use the dishwasher that day.  We hardly ever used our dishwasher, therefore I was used to spending the extra time to clean them well the first time.  My husband wasn’t used to this.  So when we moved in together and I asked him to rinse the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, he was confused and not entirely on-board with this idea.  It took a while, but eventually he adapted to my ways of cleaning the kitchen and we moved on.

Fast forward sixteen years into the present and we both still have different opinions about what is the right way to load the dishwasher.  For sixteen years he has gone along with my method since I am the one who spends most of the time in the kitchen, and I am VERY particular on how I like our dishes washed.  For the past sixteen years we have been rinsing them….until…..Finish® Quantum Max™ tablets came into the picture and proved ME wrong.

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As much as it pains me to say this, he was right.  For sixteen years, I made him do it my way.  Recently I learned through the Finish®  website that rinsing is not necessary.  In fact you could be saving up to 20 gallons by skipping this step entirely!  Watch this video to see what I’m talking about.

Still not convinced?  I wasn’t!  So I did my own experiment at home.  I loaded the dishwasher as usual, except this time I left a cup with dried fruit smoothie pulp in it.  I made sure to give it at least 6 hours to dry real good too.

It came out!!  Not only was the fruit pulp gone, but the Finish® Quantum Max™ tablet left all my dishes and glasses with a clean shine that you can see and feel!  There was no residue, film, or water spots!  The first thing I thought was “oh no, I need to admit to my husband that he was right all along?”  Girls, you know how difficult that was going to be.  I couldn’t do it without giving it another try.

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Next test was a bowl that I used for a serving of Capirotada.  If you don’t know what capirotada is, it’s a kind of sticky Mexican bread pudding that is commonly made during Lent season.  I left the bowl on the table for at least two hours, then when I finally cleared off the table of dirty dishes, the bowl went straight from the table to the dishwasher.  Not one drop of water touched the bowl before putting it in the dishwasher.  I was proven wrong.  AGAIN!

Dishwasher Myths 5This is the bowl going into the dishwasher dirty, coming out CLEAN.

My first thought:  NO WAY!!

Ok, so I was convinced the Finish® Quantum Max™ tablets work.  But I couldn’t bring myself to admit to my husband that I was wrong for the last sixteen years!!  No way!  I couldn’t Woman up to it.  So I tried it again without rinsing the entire dish load just to be sure.  That’s how much I didn’t want to admit I was wrong about this.


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Again, it worked.  Clean.  Shiny.  No residue.  No detergent film.  No spots.

Dishwasher Myths 24It was time to come out and say it.

I Womaned up to the task, and painfully admitted to him he was right.

Myth #1:  Busted.

Dishes do not need to be pre-rinsed before going into the dishwasher.

Another myth I believed in the past was that washing dishes in the dishwasher is the same as washing them by hand. I mean, both methods use water for about the same amount of time, so no way using the dishwasher was going to be better efficient at saving water.  Well, according to a study conducted by Bonn University in 2011, washing dishes by hand is actually less efficient in terms of water conservation, time, and cleanliness when compared to using a dishwasher.  Take a look at the Bonn University results below that I found on

Dishwashing by hand:

  • Water used – 140 L
  • Energy used – 3.5 kWh
  • Time spent – 71 min

Dishwashing in a dishwasher (at 3 levels):

  • Water used – Quick: 13 L /Normal: 18 L /Intensive: 27 L
  • Energy used – Quick: 0.9 kWh / Normal: 1.6 kWh / Intensive: 2.0 kWh /
  • Time spent loading and loading: 9 minutes total

Clearly there is a huge difference between the two!  The results showed a significant savings in the amount of water used as well as how much time is spent washing dishes.  I don’t know about you but I would much rather use 18 Liters of water to clean dishes as opposed to 140!  Especially with this drought we’re experiencing in California!

So how do these tablets work?  Well, I’ll tell you!

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The tablets are designed to perform three important functions.

The red Powerball® breaks down and removes dried on food.

The blue Power Gel washes away residue and gives an amazing shine to your glasses.

The white Powder with bleach cleans tough stains like tea and coffee.

The interaction between this trio makes for a powerful cleaning detergent that is designed to get rid food that is even 24 hours old!

Myth #2:  Busted.

Modern day dishwashers and detergents are designed to be more efficient at water conservation and saving time.

So this brings me to one important question for you all.  Do you know how to load a dishwasher?  There is no exact way to do it, but there are some important things you should be doing to get the best wash possible.

1.  Make sure not to crowd the dishes.  You need to give them room to allow the water to reach inside all the dishes.  If you pile them on top of each other, there will be dishes that won’t get washed.

Dishwasher Myths 192.  Place utensils in the utensil tray in both positions.  Facing up & down.  Some people believe it’s best to place them all face down in order to avoid touching the tops of spoons and forks with your fingers.  Others believe facing up is better because they get cleaned better.  The truth is, a little of both is best.  The most important thing you want to look out for is keeping the utensils from nesting on top of each other.  That will surely result in dirty utensils every now and then.

Dishwasher Myths 143.  Heat source matters.  If your dishwasher comes with a heat ring at the bottom, try to avoid putting plastic dishes and utensils on the bottom tray.  They should go on the top rack to keep from melting or warping.

4.  Knives and wooden utensils should never go in the dishwasher.  Sharp knives can cut the plastic-coated wire prongs that hold the dishes up.  Also, detergents are too abrasive for the blade and can decrease the quality of sharpness.  Wood in the dishwasher can warp, lose its finish and crack.  Soap and warm water is best for these.

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Read the manufacturer instructions for everything else.  I know there are many products that say dishwasher safe, but that’s not always the case with knives, pots & pans, wooden items, and some plastics.

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Resources: March, 2015

International Journal of Consumer Studies (2011) Comparative analysis of global consumer behavior in the context of different manual dishwashing methods.  Website document ISSN 1470-6423