Proof that You Don’t Need to Pre-Rinse Dishes

Since I returned from my real Whirled House experience, I’ve been trying out all the tips I learned about how to use my household appliances. The one thing that I learned that is already saving me a lot of time is that you don’t need to pre-rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. Sure, scrap the excess food off but save time and about 20 gallons of water by skipping the pre-rinse cycle.  Now, I pop everything in my Amana Tall Tub Dishwasher.

While on the tour of Whirlpool’s headquarters, we were able to see actual experiments that they run every single day in the dishwasher lab.  They paint on hard-to-get-off substances like jelly, oatmeal, pasta sauce, and eggs.

Whirlpool's Dishwasher Lab
Whirlpool’s Dishwasher Lab

While loading my dishwasher the other day, I thought it looked like a Whirlpool’s Dishwasher Lab experiment and snap a couple pictures.  My dishes had leftover beets, oatmeal, grease, and brown sauce all over them.  Here is a picture with  just a few dishes so you can see how nasty they are before I stock up the dishwasher with all of my dishes.


As I expected, when I unloaded the dishwasher later that night (as you can see it is dark in the picture), all of my dishes came out sparkling clean!  No trace of beets, oatmeal, grease, and brown sauce – and I didn’t pre-rinse! You can also see that I don’t place all of my dishes in perfectly, but just ignore that. 🙂


I just love testing out all the tips I learned during my trip to Whirlpool headquarters because now I know more than ever that I can depend on Whirlpool brand products to get the job done right every time. Even more, I enjoy telling friends and family what I learned so they can test it out at home. Most are very interested while some would rather do it the way they have done it for years, wasting time and tons of water. Personally, I like trying things out for myself – and saving time and money.

While on the trip, I learned that Whirlpool actually test dishwashers with a full cake! Their dishwashers are powerful enough to dissolve an entire cake without leaving residue on dishes. Now, I’m not going to waste a perfectly good cake just to test this but I’m glad Whirlpool test their products out as thoroughly as they do so that I can count on them for my every-day challenges at home.

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Cindy is the top Akron Blogger with her own take on awesome brands for families, where to vacation for families, a beat on local activities and family fun, a knack for getting moms to share , and a house that is always 2 weeks away from a complete remodel!
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