with a debate years ago over whether knives and forks
should face up or down in the silverware basket,
dishwashers have been an integral part of this column.
in point: I reported a few weeks back about appliance
manufacturers’ opposition to proposed federal
standards requiring that dishwashers’ energy use be
cut by 24 percent and water use by 38 percent, leaving
3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes
in a normal wash cycle.
added a link to the proposed rules, so you could make up
your own minds.
came from Bernadette Freedman: "I put the page next
to my computer to get to when I had time. I tried
reading that link. I have a science graduate degree. No
one should be allowed to write like that.
will be babying my vintage 2000 dishwasher. It doesn’t
have a heavy workload, so I hope I can avoid needing a
new one ever.
too, am a rinser (I rinse dishes off because of shredded
Parmesan melting syndrome) because it takes this small
household days and days to fill the dishwasher. All pots
and pans are done by hand, so I don’t need the
dishwasher to melt and stick the cheese — plain old
sloth can do that quite well.
these ridiculous new standards might spark a brisk
market in used dishwashers that are known to actually
Baker of Homewood, Ill., sent me a letter she had
forwarded to the Department of Energy:
suggest that consumers be reminded to ‘wipe, not rinse’
dishes before loading into dishwasher," she wrote.
grown up in a rural area with a well, water conservation
was always taught in our home. Unfortunately, most
people seem to have a different attitude.
one has cooked, there are usually pots and utensils that
need hand washing. The soapy water that goes into the
cooking pot becomes my ‘dishpan,’ and plates and
tableware get a ‘once over’ with a dishcloth to
remove any stuck-on food before going into the
dishwasher. The only elements needing rinsing are the
cookware items that don’t go into the
and knives face downward, don’t they?