Are You Using Too Much Dish Soap? Probably!

Are You Using Too Much Dish Soap? Probably!

Emma Christensen
Mar 16, 2010

We still had dishwashers on the brain when we spotted an article in the New York Times over the weekend giving some stern advice for using our dishwashers more efficiently. Think you know how to wash your dishes? The article's author makes a strong argument that we're probably all doing it wrong!

Dishwashers have come a long way since we were kids and first learned the fine art of loading dirty dishes. This article explains that not only are dishwashers themselves more efficient, but so is the soap we're putting in them. In this case, more isn't always better, and too much soap can just leave a cloudy film on our dishes.

We were also surprised to learn that pre-rinsing dishes might just be a thing of the past. The soap actually needs something to work against in the dishwasher and pre-rinsing can prevent dishes from getting fully clean. (Scraping off baked-on bits and large chunks is still a good idea, though.)

What do you think about this? Take a look at the article and let us know!

For the Dishwasher's Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent by Alina Tugend, New York Times

Related: How Do You Clean a Stinky Dishwasher?

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