I stumbled across this debate while randomly browsing the web the other day. The arguments on both sides were impassioned - almost frighteningly so! - so now I'm going to ask my own readers. Do you rinse your washing up? Or do you not?
Outside of the UK rinsing is very much the norm. To not rinse, at least according to the comment boards on popular tabloid websites, is a shocking idea. In the UK we have few such scruples; we just take the dishes from the soapy bowl and plonk them on the drainer.
Some argue much of the blame can be placed at the door of ad agencies. If the Fairy Liquid lady didn't rinse, why would Mrs Smith? Besides, if our washing up liquid was so mild, it couldn't be doing us much harm. Which is largely true unless you're rubbing it into your eyes or drinking it straight from the bottle. It won't taste nice, but soap residue won't do much beyond possibly result in an upset tummy.
Saying that, I'm really finicky and have always tended to rinse under a running tap - much to my eco-conscious dad's horror! I also rinse stuff again before using. But I'm not so bad that I won't eat or drink from dishes someone else has washed up and not rinsed. I looked to Mother (the advice column of 1950s Girl magazine) and she concurred:
I'm worse with stuff which has been in a dishwasher to be honest. I've never had a home one, but I used to work in a hospital kitchen and memories of cleaning the gunk out of the filter (and re-cleaning all the items other people didn't wash up first, sigh) have put me off them.
How about you?
Washing up wars - do you rinse your dishes? Let me know at https://t.co/iSjZu8Kf4V pic.twitter.com/4mPCZkhVXc— Jessica Powell (@jess__powell) 25 May 2016