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I asked "If / when you wash dishes by hand, how do you dry them?"

The joint most popular answers were "Leave them on a rack to dry naturally" and "Rinse them under the tap then put them in a rack to dry naturally". Which is interesting.

You see, what prompted this, was this article which attempts to answer the question "Do the British not rinse dishes after washing them?". The article comes to the conclusion that over 60% of people in this country do rinse.

I'm one of them - I rinse. (Not that we have to do manual dish washing very often because we have a dishwasher.) However, I have seen other people who don't and I have thought "Doesn't that mean that the soap will dry on the dishes?" Clearly Americans think this too. And of the people who said that they do rinse, three of you (at least) are either American or have lived for a while in the US.

So a question for the rinsers among you: Are you disgusted by the idea of eating off non-rinsed plates and dishes?

And a question for the non-rinsers: Do your plates and dishes (and hence your food) ever taste of soap?



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Apr. 28th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I don't rinse under fresh water, but I do submerge back into the water, and there doesn't tend to be a mass of foam on the surface, and so what comes out will have the tiniest amount of soap on it. Certainly not an amount I've ever tasted.

(Whereas I have accidentally left my toothbrush lying on a bit of the sink that had soap lying on it previously, and _that_ I could taste. So it's not like I can't taste soap.)
Apr. 29th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC)
Whether I run them under the tap is determined by two things: how clean my rinse water currently is, and how plentiful my water supply is. If I am camping and don't have a tap the rinsing happens in a second rinse basin. I try to make sure silver ware and cups get fresh rinse water. I don't notice soap on plates.
Apr. 29th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
I don't think I actually answered the rinsing part of the question. I don't normally rinse, unless I'm using an unfamiliar washing-up liquid, and accidentally end up with a mountain of bubbles. Normally I just shake off visible froth. If I rinse anything, it's glasses, since I always wash them first when the water's cleanest, which means they also end up the frothiest. But I would also always use a towel to dry such things, since that, too, wipes away any remaining froth. I've never ever noticed the smell or taste of soap afterwards.

My parents never rinsed when I was young, and that's how my washing-up habits got established. I remember being told off when I only had a few dishes to wash but filled the bowl to the brim - and also when I put any more detergent in than was strictly necessary - so I would imagine that my parents considered that keeping a tap running for rinsing was an unnecessary, water-wasting extravagence.

However, my parents would probably consider it disgusting to let plates and dishes air dry naturally, rather than carefully wipe off any remaining water and put them away. However, other people apparently consider using a potentially germ-ridden dishtowel to be the disgusting thing, and air-drying to be the only safe way to go. Disgust is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Apr. 29th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
If I rinse anything, it's glasses, since I always wash them first when the water's cleanest, which means they also end up the frothiest.

That's what I do also. By the time it gets to the dirtiest plates at the end of the wash then the foam has subsided to the point where rinsing isn't really necessary. I've never tasted soap in my food.
Apr. 29th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
I am a rinser by habit. When I encounter unrinsed crockery, I do not usually notice a soapy taste. The exception to this is glasses containing tap water, which usually tastes soapy.
Apr. 29th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
I grew up in an area where water shortages were pretty common.
I rinse heavily soiled stuff before I wash, and I've noticed that I use water that is hotter than most people here, and much less detergent.
I don't lick my plates, so wouldn't know if this leaves any discernible taste on there,but The food doesn't taste any different.
...and I don't use scented detergent, so that could be a factor too.
Apr. 30th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I've never noticed the taste of soap on plates. I have noticed soapy 'tidemarks' on glasses that have been air dried, but not been worried enough about them to dutifully dry all the glasses with a dishtowel.

The not rinsing thing...
1) I wash dishes the way I was taught as a kid. Rinsing did not factor.

2) Until a few years ago (12-15?), no-one had those double sinks with the mini-sink bit where you could rinse separately from the wash. Rinsing in Ye Olden Days involved putting more water into the washing up bowl, which would overflow it and/or cool the water down.

3) My water is now metered. Rinsing costs money ! :-)
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