We've tried not rinsing, but the dried food bits just don't come off.
If we ran the dishwasher once a day, then I wouldn't rinse as the food wouldn't have time to permanently dry.
Or maybe if we had a better dishwasher things would work without rinsing.
Dishes are way cleaner if we put them through the dishwasher, but they don't get clean at all if we leave stuff on them. Especially peanut butter.
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Part of it is because I didn't have a working dishwasher for most of my life.
I got a new one in February and it is pretty good but it's still habit to rinse those dishes.
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I can't wait to replace it with a unit that actually ... oh, I don't know ... works like it's supposed to.
Our dishwasher has a "quick rinse" feature and we make use of that if we're not going to be running it within a day or so. It uses less water and is more efficient (layout of dishes) than us rinsing in the sink before loading the dishwasher.
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I only rinse certain things--oatmeal, cooked-on egg, smoothies, canned cat food. It's a waste of water and time to rinse the dishes first. Sometimes one or two things come out of the dishwasher dirty so those get scrubbed and put back in for the next load. Oh, and I do pre-soak stainless steel pans.
I don't rinse everything, just some things like this that I know from experience won't stay off. And, those things generally are things I have to SOAK. Knock on wood the dishwasher here is 16+years old.
I don't know if it was the hormones, but when my mom would come over she'd spend over an hour doing the dishes. That is BEFORE she put it in the dishwasher.
So, I was kind of like...what's the point? She already washed them already.
In fact, one time she did her prewashing and forgot to run the dishwasher and then put them all again. She'd prewashed them enough she couldn't tell they weren't clean yet. Sigh.
Our hot water is set to 120 degrees, so it's not going to get "that hot". We have it set that way for child safety and economics!
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I never rinse anything. I do not have the time or energy to bother. Plus it is run quite a bit so stuff does not have time to stick. If something does not get clean the first run through then it stays until it does get clean.