Listen up, California (and everyone): your dishwasher is not only a badass tool that lets you sit on the sofa instead of scrubbing your pots all day, it's ALSO a water-saving magician. Yippee!
Not only that, but that whole thing about rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is also not doing you, your dishes or the environment any favors (do scrape off those big chunks of food, of course).
Experts agree, dishwashers have gotten so water efficient (especially Energy Star rated machines which must use less than 4.25 gallons of water per cycle) that they're hard to beat with our archaic sponge and soap routine. In fact, for a full load of dishes, you'd need to limit your total faucet-on time to under two minutes in order to do better.
Guess what else? Dishwashers probably get your dishes cleaner anyway. The design of the racks, the jets and the hot water temperatures (much hotter than your poor hands can take) means a more sanitary end product. As if you needed even more convincing to just take a break already.
Want the sciencey version? Read more at the Washington Post.