Pre-wash dishes or not?

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Pre-wash dishes or not?

Before you put your dishes in the dishwasher, do you prewash them? All the time or only on really nasty dishes? Just rinse or stick them in food gunk and all?

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I rinse off all food gunk. Anything with substance/bulk.

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We don't have a dishwasher so I hand wash everything. When we did have one I would rinse first, but hubby wouldn't. I got some gross unidentifieable masses on my dishes which I either had to rewash by hand or in the dishwasher. I was also always scooping packets out of the bottom because hubby would put stuff in there with anything on them, including wrappers.

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Argh. This topic has become the bane of my existence! Since our water is sooooooooo hard and Canada has banned dishwasher detergent with phosphates our dishes never ever come out clean, even with pre-washing. I was buying this stuff online called Somat, which I think is made in Germany and it's awesome, but I can't get it anymore. We have a brand new dishwasher and basically our dishes would get cleaner if I just licked them off.

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If it looks gunky I make sure to get the gunk off. It's something that doesn't have stuff obviously stuck to it (like a glass that had water in it or a plate that just has a couple of sandwich crumbs) I don't bother. I rarely have to rewash things, except sometimes when DH loads the dishwasher because he won't prewash anything unless I'm watching. LOL

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Argh. This topic has become the bane of my existence! Since our water is sooooooooo hard and Canada has banned dishwasher detergent with phosphates our dishes never ever come out clean, even with pre-washing. I was buying this stuff online called Somat, which I think is made in Germany and it's awesome, but I can't get it anymore. We have a brand new dishwasher and basically our dishes would get cleaner if I just licked them off.

Look at canadian tire for a product called Lem-shine. It is awesome if you have hard water (ours is really hard). I use it in place of jet-dry, and then if I do get build up on my dishes I use the detergent for a bit and it clears it out. I also use it to clean my sink, and the heavy duty packets to get rid of the hard water deposits around the jets in my tub:)

Oh, and I never rinse unless it is rice.

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We never prewash or rinse before loading for that matter. We just scrape the dishes and load.

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I do not pre-wash. If I'm going to do that I might as well forego the dishwasher and just wash by hand IMO!! I will scrape dishes as needed and rinse if it's something like rice or oatmeal, but otherwise into the dishwasher it goes to allow it to do what I spent so much money for it to do Wink Very seldom do I have anything not come clean (and that's usually because dh or one of the kids didn't rinse and left the porridge to dry in the bowl LOL)

"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Argh. This topic has become the bane of my existence! Since our water is sooooooooo hard and Canada has banned dishwasher detergent with phosphates our dishes never ever come out clean, even with pre-washing. I was buying this stuff online called Somat, which I think is made in Germany and it's awesome, but I can't get it anymore. We have a brand new dishwasher and basically our dishes would get cleaner if I just licked them off.

Really?? I buy the regular name brands (whatever's on sale) and never have had a problem.

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We rinse all the gunk off first.

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We wash them first. Now that I have a solar panel system, I see exactly what uses up power and what doesn't. I save about half the energy washing the plates off compared to when I don't. Very strange!

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I have never had a dishwasher. All hand washing here.

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"ftmom" wrote:

Look at canadian tire for a product called Lem-shine. It is awesome if you have hard water (ours is really hard). I use it in place of jet-dry, and then if I do get build up on my dishes I use the detergent for a bit and it clears it out. I also use it to clean my sink, and the heavy duty packets to get rid of the hard water deposits around the jets in my tub:)

Oh, and I never rinse unless it is rice.

Thanks for the tip! We had a guy come and test our water and it's like off the chart in terms of hardness. I suppose people living in certain parts BC get basically mountain run off as your drinking water like us in AB living close to the Rockies, right? Hello, minerals!!!!! It's awesome for drinking but sucks for cleaning. We are this close to buying a water softener system, but it's $1000 and we haven't quite saved it all yet.

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If there's something sticky like cheese or rice or oatmeal, then I give those things a rinse & a swish with the scrubbie, otherwise almost everything just goes right in. I don't use usually use a rinse aid, either, although if I'm running my nice wine glasses through, I'll add some white vinegar to get them nice & sparkly. My regular stuff I don't care enough.

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"blather" wrote:

We wash them first. Now that I have a solar panel system, I see exactly what uses up power and what doesn't. I save about half the energy washing the plates off compared to when I don't. Very strange!

I don't understand this. Is it because you set your dishwasher to a heavier wash setting when you don't pre-wash? Otherwise, wouldn't the dishwasher run the exact same wash cycle whether you pre-wash or not? Maybe I just don't know enough about dish washers...

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Scrape, rinse, load.

We have the kids "scrape on the left (where the disposal is) and rinse on the right". Then they load them into the dishwasher. I usually have to do some reorg when they are done but at least they are learning to take responsibility for it and I don't have to pre-rinse everything myself.

Plus I like to think I'm helping their future spouses by providing them with a sense of rinse first Smile

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I don't understand this. Is it because you set your dishwasher to a heavier wash setting when you don't pre-wash? Otherwise, wouldn't the dishwasher run the exact same wash cycle whether you pre-wash or not? Maybe I just don't know enough about dish washers...

I dont know about her dishwasher, but mine has a sensor inside it and will continue to wash until the dishes are clean. So if I rinsed first it probably wouldnt run as long, which is actually a very good point. Maybe I should be rinsing first:)

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"Claire'sMommy" wrote:

Thanks for the tip! We had a guy come and test our water and it's like off the chart in terms of hardness. I suppose people living in certain parts BC get basically mountain run off as your drinking water like us in AB living close to the Rockies, right? Hello, minerals!!!!! It's awesome for drinking but sucks for cleaning. We are this close to buying a water softener system, but it's $1000 and we haven't quite saved it all yet.

Yes! Its horrible! Our last dishwasher only lasted 4 years! And our old hot water tank used to spit out chunks of built up white crud into the bathtub and block up my spigots. The hot water tank was at least 20-25 years old though.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I rinse off all food gunk. Anything with substance/bulk.

Same here.

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"ftmom" wrote:

I dont know about her dishwasher, but mine has a sensor inside it and will continue to wash until the dishes are clean. So if I rinsed first it probably wouldnt run as long, which is actually a very good point. Maybe I should be rinsing first:)

Oh wow, you guys are fancy! I have to manually set the setting on my dish washer, and if the stuff doesn't get clean, too bad for me. That's very sci-fi that your dishwashers know whether the stuff is clean or not. Biggrin

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Mostly we just put the dishes in and wash-- we run the washer daily bc we have to (4 kids will do that....)

Does having our dog lick off the "big" stuff count as pre-washing? Or is that going to gross out half of you? Maybe both! Wink

I'll only rinse if we had soft cooked eggs--that yolk is hard to get off.....

The kids scrape off their plates either into the trash or the compost bowl and then put them into the washer.

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I would rinse but then is there really any point having a DW?

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