Dishwasher Myths Debunked: Separating Fact from Fiction

Dishwashers are a staple in many modern homes but, despite their widespread use, there’s a surprising amount of misinformation circulating about how dishwashers should be used and maintained. Let’s debunk some of these myths to ensure you’re getting the most out of your appliance.


Pre-Rinsing Dishes is Necessary

One of the most common misconceptions is that dishes must be pre-rinsed before loading them into the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers are designed to handle bits of food residue.

Dishwashers Use More Water and Energy

Many believe that dishwashers are less energy and water-efficient compared to hand washing. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern dishwashers are incredibly efficient, using less water than it takes to fill up a kitchen sink. They also heat water more efficiently and use less energy overall, especially if you use the eco-friendly settings available on most models.

All Detergents Are the Same

The market is flooded with different types of dishwasher detergents, and it’s easy to think they’re all the same. However, detergents vary in terms of ingredients and effectiveness. Some are specifically designed for hard water, while others have added components to protect glassware or improve drying. Choosing the right detergent can significantly impact the cleanliness and longevity of your dishes.

Dishwashers Can Clean Everything

While dishwashers are versatile, they’re not suitable for all types of kitchenware. Delicate items like fine china, certain plastics, and non-stick pans can be damaged in the dishwasher.

Dishwashers Don’t Need Cleaning

Many assume that because dishwashers are designed to clean, they don’t need cleaning themselves. This is 100% a myth. Food particles, grease, and soap scum can build up over time and will negatively impact the performance of the dishwasher. Regular cleaning and maintenance, such as removing and rinsing the filter and using a dishwasher cleaner, are crucial for optimal performance.


Having any issues with your dishwasher? If so, then contact Express Appliance Service today! We can help you diagnose the issue and have it repaired. In many cases, this can be done in just one day!