7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

Dishwashers are not exactly new inventions, but for some reason, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. Maybe, once upon a time, there were certain tips or tricks that helped your parents or grandparents get the most out of their dishwashers, but most of that is irrelevant today. It’s time to bust these seven dishwasher myths once and for all.

Myth #1: You need to pre-rinse.
Unless there’s really large pieces of food still stuck to the plate or a baking dish, there’s no need to pre-rinse. In fact, pre-rinsing can do more harm than good. If you rinse the dishes too much, then there’s nothing for the detergent to work on, so dishes are more likely to get scratched and chipped.

Myth #2: There are different ways you can load a dishwasher.
Some might say they know the best way to load a dishwasher. Others might claim it doesn’t really matter how you load it. They’re all wrong. Here’s the ideal way to load your dishwasher:

  • Top rack—Place cups and glasses between the tines of the top rack. Load bowls at an angle. All dishwasher-safe plastic belongs on the top rack as well.
  • Bottom rack—Plates, pans, and larger items should go on the bottom rack.
  • Third rack—If you have a third rack on your dishwasher then this is where you’ll put tall cooking utensils, spatulas, large knives. If you don’t have a third rack, then put these items on the top rack facing down.

Myth #3: Dishwashers damage flatware.
It’s definitely OK to put flatware in your dishwasher. That’s why there’s a basket specifically for your utensils. Place forks and spoons in the basket with handles pointing down. Knives can go there as well, but make sure the blades are pointing down and the handles are pointing up.

Myth #4: You can put any dish or utensil in there.
Just like certain items of clothing don’t belong in your washing machine, there are certain kitchen items that should never go into your dishwasher. Good knives, fine china, ceramic cookware, wooden cutting boards, crystal glasses, sterling silver, and silver-plated items can be damaged in the dishwasher and therefore, should always be washed by hand.

Myth #5: Rinsing agents are completely unnecessary.
Rinsing agents are actually very useful. They prevent spots and streaks by enabling water to rinse completely away from the dishes.

Myth #6: All detergents are the same.
Gels, powders, tablets, pods, liquids—there’s seemingly no end to the variety of dishwasher detergents out there. They all claim to be the best, of course, but studies show that powder tablets out-clean them all, especially when it comes to really tough loads.

Myth #7: The dishwasher and kitchen sink have different drain pipes.
This is simply not true. Your dishwasher drains into the same pipes as your kitchen sink. So a clogged sink drain will affect your dishwasher as well. And if you have a garbage disposal, make sure that’s completely clear of debris before you run the dishwasher.

Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.