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The Pre-Rinse Challenge: Say No to Scrubbing!

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Laura
10.14.14

Photo: Pottery Barn

Here's an offer we bet you can't refuse: you can spend less time doing dishes, but still get them just as clean. How can such a thing be possible, you ask? Simple, just stop pre-rinsing your dishes! The cleaning power of dishwashers have come a long way in last few years, so this step is no longer necessary.

Not convinced? Here’s the rational:

The Truth About Your Dishwasher

Most newer dishwashers (roughly anything built after 2005) are tough. And smart. Unlike their ancestors, they can tackle lingering food residue like, well, it’s their job. Some brands even tote technology specifically designed to eliminate the need for a pre-rinse (like Kenmore’s TurboZone Rotating Spray Jets).

Even if your machine is less than state-of-the-art, we bet it will still exceed your scrubbing expectations ­– especially if you’ve never given it a chance to shine solo. Plus, dishwasher detergent actually needs food residue to properly activate! Yes, that collage of condiment smears is better left to the suds action of the machine.

The BrightNest Pre-Rinse Challenge

Now that we’ve dropped some dishwasher knowledge on you, we have a challenge: run a load of soiled dishes tonight and see what your machine can really do. (Just remember that you still need to scrape excess food into the trash before loading). 

Not only will this save you time, it’ll save water, too – about 6,000 gallons every year! Note: This habit will make regularly cleaning your dishwasher more important!

Then, report back in the comments below. We want to hear how it goes!

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