Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Underestimated

I believe I have been underestimating my dishwasher. I am the type to wash the dishes pretty thoroughly before I load the dishwasher. I have learned in the past (with other dishwashers) that this was a necessary step. Today, however, I was in a hurry and needed to get it loaded and started before we left the house. You know when a house is on the market, it must be spotless all the time.

So...I quickly shoved everything in it and did NOT rinse from last nights snacky mess. Dried cheese and all. Alas, everything came out spotless. No mess left behind. No dried on food. Nothing. It was just as good as if I had spent the time pre-cleaning.

So, I think I have been underestimating my dishwasher. I might even owe it an apology for not believing in it. And look at all the time I can save by not pre-washing (if I can retrain myself, that is).

17 comments:

Salzwedel Family said...

I too thought maybe I was underestimating my dishwasher - just last weekend in fact.

I'm disappointed to say mine thoroughly disappointed me. Sadly, I am back to rinsing again.

What brand do you have? Please congratulate her for me (if she is a her). You must be so proud!

5Gustos said...

What an exciting and unexpected surprise! My MIL had a very nice and expensive dishwasher. It wouldn't wash for anything. Her husband bought her another really expensive one to replace it. It wouldn't work either. He almost threw it out too! Come to find out, she was setting it to super-light-duty. How she wished she hadn't trashed the first one.

Oh, yes....the days of having to keep the house immaculate at all times. Have fun with that one!

Lee & Bev said...

Let me know if you really can keep from pre washing those dishes. I think it would be hard!

Rachael said...

I pre-wash too. Force of habit. Maybe I should give the dishwasher a chance...

Rachel said...

My dishwasher needs to talk to your dishwasher!

Major Mom said...

I am not underestimating mine. It is awful. What kind do you have? I need an upgrade;)

Sherry said...

And to think I've been training my children to "clean" the dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Um...they really do work? Shhhh...keep it a secret!

crispy said...

She is a Kenmore Elite (sure she is a "she" -that's for you salzwedle family). The features that I drew me to her...stainless interior, turbo jets in the back for the really stuck on gunk (I haven't even used the turbo jets yet) and the adjustable upper rack that moves up or down, depending on the need. And to make her GREEN (it is earth week, isn't it?) she has a "smart wash" setting that uses less energy and water. She senses how dirty the dishes are and adjusts accordingly.

(Just giving props where props are due).

leslie said...

I never pre-rinse - it drives Clark crazy! He always rinses off(when he helps out!) - I figure if I have to rinse that much, I may as well wash by hand!

Tiffany said...

I have no dishwasher--I am the dishwasher in my family most of the time. BUT--my feet have been really giving me trouble and so my husband has taken over the dishes after dinner. I too have underestimated my dishwasher. He's much better than he was years ago. I'm working on training up two more dishwashers for the morning and noon dishes.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

You are too funny. Love this post.

K-Sue said...

Years ago we saw a piece of framed embroidery hanging in the Red Rocker Inn in NC that read, "No Woman Ever Shot a Man While He Was Doing the Dishes."

Ginny said...

We also completely clean our dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. We recently upgraded ours, so maybe I will get brave and try to just throw the dishes in dirty! Thinking about it right now though, I think it will be very hard for me.

Anonymous said...

We've been in our house for nearly 8 years and some wise person told me back then that newere dishwashers were so good that no pre-washing was needed... I took heed to that great advice and could never be accused of underestimating ours... she's been used to her full capacity for all these years and it's a rare spot of gunk that she doesn't get clean. Stacia

Annie said...

Think of the time that discovery will save!

Susan said...

How funny. Glad you have such a heavy duty machine working hard for you. You never know. I sure look forward to having a dishwasher in nice America for a year. I would love throwing dishes in there bones and bread crusts and all!!! ha ha You need to do a Good Housekeeping ad with your seal of approval.

Susan said...

How funny. That is really great. I sure look forward to a dishwasher in the States. I would love throwing in all the bones and bread crusts with my dirty dishes. ha ha You need to do a Good Housekeeping ad with your seal of approval.