Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?

close-up view of boiled rice
Should you rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher? The answer is simple. YES! Yes, you shoud rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. But why, I hear you say?

I have always wondered whether I should rinse my dishes beforehand. Hearing people’s arguments for and against, I was never convinced either way. Basically, what’s the point of having a dishwasher if you still have to do all the donkey work?

Well, I had to find out the hard way when my dishwasher broke down. Not wanting to pay a fortune on repairs, I found on the internet a great site explaining how to remove all the various parts inside the dishwasher to clean any obstructions. So, I dismantled everything very carefully, making sure I understood how every part worked and what their function was, cleaned a lot of “hidden” muck and ended up with a “very clean” dishwasher. Under normal circumstances, this should have done the trick. But unfortunately, my dishwasher was still misbehaving. So, I still had to call a dishwasher specialist. He had to pull the whole appliance out from underneath the cupboards, fiddled with it and ended up dismantling the inner system, right next to the engine. He even struggled with that himself and had to contact someone for advice! Somehow, some grains of rice managed to find their way right inside there.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I was adviced to always rinse my plates and to be particularly careful with grains of rice because they don’t all get caught by the filter and will never disintegrate ….  I cannot remember how much it cost me, something around £100.

So, rinse your dishes before or even just wipe them with a paper towel, paying particular attention to the tiniest bits of rice. That’s my advice.