It's a fact that using an automatic dishwasher can save you energy and water over time. But there's one habit you should break when loading a dishwasher: pre-rinsing dishes in the sink. Over the lifespan of your dishwasher, pre-rinsing wastes thousands of gallons of water. Instead, scrape leftovers into the trash (or compost bin, if it's compostable) and put the grimy dishes right into the dishwasher. And since modern detergent tablets need grease and grime to activate, having dirty dishes actually helps your dishwasher work better, too.
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