Having a dishwasher can be a big bonus – saving the monotony of washing up after a meal. But sometimes glassware, cutlery and crockery come out of a less-than-sparkling cycle.
It turns out that the reason for this is a common mistake that many people make. Now, AO experts have said that pre-rinsing items in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher could actually do more harm than good.
AO says pre-rinsing is what makes things like your glasses cloudy, reports the Mirror. In a video on TikTok, AO – who posts under the username @ao – said: “Don’t rinse your plates.
“Pre-rinsing means the detergent can’t attack the food, so it goes after the glasses and makes them cloudy.”
Appliance experts have also said that you should never use the little sticky lines to stack your cups, because all cups and glasses should go “between the lines, not over them”. And the last tip was about the direction your plates face.
AO says they should “all face the center spray,” which means making sure every plate, bowl, and platter faces inward toward the middle of the dishwasher before starting a cycle. Meanwhile, many of us are likely to cut back on our dishwasher use amid rising energy prices, as the appliance is one of the biggest energy consumers of any household. .
Running your dishwasher for a two hour cycle will use around 2.55kWh of electricity which will cost 71p per use or £110.76 per year if used three times a week. To save energy, it’s best to wait to use your dishwasher until you have a full load.
Try hand washing if you only have a few dishes, but make sure you don’t fill the sink or let the tap run, as this could increase your water bills.