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Do you let the dish washer dry the dishes?

My husband says that is what really disinfects them... however, a long time ago, someone told me to open the door before the drying cycle to conserve energy.... what do you do?


Asked by m-avi at 7:47 PM on Feb. 2, 2013 in Home & Garden

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  • I use the dry cycle because a doctor once told me, years ago, that this was the best way to kill germs on dishes. I'm not sure it's accurate but I still do it to this day, when I'm lucky enough to have a dishwasher

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 9:50 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • Energy/smenergy- I'm conserving MY energy by letting the dishwasher do the drying! :p

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:48 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • I do in the winter sometimes, but in the summer it just creates too much heat. I think the sanitizing factor is negligible, though. Those dishes are hot, hot, hot even before the dry cycle!

    Answer by tessiedawg at 7:53 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • I wash them by hand and let them air dry in the broken dishwasher

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 7:55 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • Since we run it overnight, the "air dry" setting works just fine.

    Answer by SWasson at 7:55 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • I let the dishwasher do everything now if the thing would put them away I would be even happier.

    Answer by liss05 at 8:37 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • Saves energy, they are already disinfected from the hot water,

    Answer by sunshine196 at 9:13 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • PI just wash in sanitizing mode

    Answer by funlovinlady at 7:50 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • We open it up and air dry. We try to time it so the dishwasher finishes up just as DH comes out to get his morning coffee and heads to work.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 8:20 PM on Feb. 2, 2013

  • I conserve energy. Even on that setting it still does a pretty good job of drying them.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 8:32 PM on Feb. 2, 2013