To Pre-Wash or Not to Pre-Wash



To pre-wash or not to pre-wash, is this still a question?  If you still pre-wash, you may be making a mistake. Read our case for skipping the pre-wash, below.



Dishwashwer cleaner works best when your dishes are dirty. 

If you want your dishwasher detergent to do its job, the dishes need to be dirty. Pre-washed dishes inhibit the cleaner from doing its job.

The enzymes in the detergent is designed to attach themselves to the food particles.   If your dishes are already cleaned then they have nothing to grab on to.  The end result is you just washed detergent down the drain.


If you rinse or hand-wash the dishes before they go into the machine, they won’t get any cleaner


Today’s dishwashers are built to minimize the human effort. They have advanced technology and sensors which detect how dirty your dishes are. Research suggests that your manual efforts won’t improve the outcome.


Wastage of water


You are wasting about 6,000 gallons of water if you are pre-washing your dishes at the sink. On average, modern dishwashers use just 3 to 5 gallons of water per load. When you wash your dishes at the sink, you use anywhere from 10 gallons to 27 gallons of water on an average.


Why waste your precious time?


You can really use the time you waste while pre-washing dishes. You can save about 230 hours every year if you avoid pre-washing. The bottom line is that your dishes won’t come out of the dishwasher any cleaner.


Now that you know, you can use this time for other activities!



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David Harrison

Mr. David Harrison has been with Ed Kellum & Son for over 11 years!
He’s seen a lot of change throughout the years, and is a special member of the Ed Kellum & Son team.

Want to get to know a little bit more about David?

Check out his interview below:

Name: David Harrison
Position: Sales Representative, Appliances & Electronics
Location: Ed Kellum & Son on North Central Expressway
Years with EKS: 11

EKS: If you could have lunch with anyone from history, who would it be?
DH: I would want to have lunch with my daughter, Ashley.

EKS: If you could be granted one wish, what would it be?
DH: If I could have one wish, I would want to have more time with my daughter.

EKS: If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?
DH: I would probably be a puppy, a well loved puppy.


EKS: Describe your perfect day?
DH: My perfect day is any day I can wake up and spend my time helping others.

EKS: If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
DH: Probably Mexican Restaurant food


EKS: Where’s the prettiest place you’ve ever been?
DH: My beach home in Orange Beach, Alabama.

And what about work?

EKS: What products/brands are you currently excited about?
DH: I’m always excited about the incredible Sub Zero/Wolf products we carry, including our floor model pieces that we have discounted up to 50% off. It’s a great value for my clients.

EKS: What trends do you see in your business that might be interesting to your customers?
DH: On the electronics side, we’re seeing thinner better quality TV’s with wireless components and speakers. These televisions open up a whole new world of design possibilities.

EKS: What do you like the most about what you do?
DH: Helping others and learning more about the appliances and technology. I want to make sure my client gets the right product for their needs at the best value possible.