When my Mum had a cleaner I would always laugh at her the day before: cleaning up to ensure the cleaner didn’t look down on her for having a messy house! To me it’s as bad as rinsing the dishes off before they hit the dishwasher and as Hubs and a dear friend of mine both do it I was happy to read an article in The Chicago Tribune recently proving me right: Rinsing the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher costs more money.
According to Consumer Reports not only do the dishes not get any cleaner but the detergent has nothing to stick to and your dishes don’t come out shining. Instead just scrape off any food and pop then in.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I love being right! LOL!
For my money-saving dishwasher detergent recipe see this.