Did you know modern-day dishwashers and detergents depend on grease and grime on your dishes to work as efficiently as possible? It’s your dirty dishes that help activate the compounds that get everything clean. So if you’re pre-rinsing all of your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, stop. First, it’s not necessary anymore; you can scrape the remaining scraps into the trash or compost before you load up your dishwasher. And second, it’s a waste of water, to the tune of approximately 55,000 gallons over the life of the appliance.
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