If left to their own devices, my husband and kids would put their dishes in the dishwasher with large chunks of food attached. Even after they attempt to scrape off the food, the odd noodle or fiber of meat remains. My old decrepit dishwasher can't handle this. In fact, our current dishwasher requires me to rinse everything thoroughly beforehand, which seems not only labor intensive, but awfully wasteful. A new dishwasher is clearly in order.