When you're waiting for a pan to finish washing so you can make dinner, the dry cycle on your dishwasher can seem like it lasts an eternity. The smart man move is to just crack open the door and grab your pan and just manually dry it off with a towel, but CNET notes this week that opening your dishwasher door can actually dry your dishes faster than that whole dry cycle and save you some time and some electricity.
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The way it works is pretty simple. CNET suggests opening the door to your dishwasher the second the final rinse cycle has finished and your dishwasher has drained. When you do, the hot dishes that are inside your dishwasher will evaporate all the water that was inside.
You'll get hit in the face with some steam (take a step back!) but after a few minutes (up to 10) all your dishes will be dry.
For my pan scenario, you're still probably better off just drying it off and moving along. If you're waiting on a ton of dishes though, then flash drying could save you a tiny bit of time. At the very least, it will cut down on the amount of electricity your dishwasher is using and save you a little bit of cash on your power bill.