Free Woolworths item kicks off heated debate: 'What the heck?!'

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A Woolworths customer has taken to Facebook after receiving a strange freebie during her shop, revealing she's tried to look into the product but can't find anything useful.

"What the heck is this for?" she wrote in the Mums Who Clean Facebook group. "Got given it today and Google tells me nothing!"

A woman has taken to Facebook to question an odd Woolworths freebie she received but accidentally started a heated debate. Photo: Facebook
A woman has taken to Facebook to question an odd Woolworths freebie she received but accidentally started a heated debate. Photo: Facebook

The product in question was a Finish Water Waste Water Plate, which apparently comes free when you spend $20 on a Finish product, though the giveaway is believed to have ended some time ago.

Thankfully, some people knew exactly what the plate was for, but it started a heated debate amongst the group.

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"They're trying to promote not rinsing your dishes before putting in the dishwasher (to save water)," one user wrote. "Must be easier for food to come off on silicone plates."

"It's just a silicone plate!" another added. "It was free with a purchase at Woolworths. It's really good! And looks like marble. It's promoting that using [the] dishwasher [uses] less water than hand washing."

"I put it under my pot plant," a third wrote. "Couldn't work it out!"

A heated debate quickly kicked off over whether or not you should pre-rinse your dishes before placing in the dishwasher. Photo: Getty
A heated debate quickly kicked off over whether or not you should pre-rinse your dishes before placing in the dishwasher. Photo: Getty

"It was a promo Finish we’re running a while back," a fourth explained. "It’s a silicone plate. Because the promo finished ages ago, they are probably just getting rid of them."

"It's a plate that doesn't need rinsing and can go straight in the dishwasher and won't ever come out dirty," another wrote, with the original poster replying, "Like the ceramic plates we already have," along with an eye-rolling emoji.

"Do they have bowls? A bowl that Weetbix, Cornflakes and porridge don’t stick to would be amazing!" one hopeful user questioned. 

A debate quickly began as many people argued over whether or not you do, in fact, need to pre-rinse dishes or not.

"You must pre-rinse any excessively dirty dishes otherwise you will ruin your dishwasher," one person wrote.

"Not true," another responded. "Asko specifically say not to pre-rinse dishes."

"Dishwasher tablet TV ads specifically say not to pre-rinse in order for the dishwasher to work efficiently," someone else agreed.

"That’s not what the dishwasher repair people say," the first person hit back. "I didn’t pre-rinse with my past two dishwashers and I’ve learnt my lesson."

So, are you a pre-rinser or are you anti-pre-rinse?

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