Getting your dishes clean requires a good dishwasher and detergent and rinse aid. If that’s not enough, take a look at what you could be doing to ensure clean dishes every time!
- Remove large particles of food before loading the dishwasher.
- Put it big kitchen items first. It is more efficient to start with those and fill in extra spaces with smaller pieces.
- Organize utensils. Sorting by time is a time saver when it’s time to unload your dishes. Put forks and knives into wash tray with handles facing up to avoid getting poked or punctured. Ouch! Spoons will not fully clean if they are “spooning” – face some with handles facing out and some facing down.
- Place all bowls, cups, glasses, and containers facing down.
- Run the dishwasher at night. Many utility companies have “peak usage times” when charging their customers.
- Use only the recommended amount of detergent.
- Run only full loads. This is more eco-friendly than washing dishes by hand, which can waste up to 20 extra gallons of water.
- Use hottest water available for dried-on food removal and sanitation.
- Use a rinse aid to help dishes dry faster and avoid water spots.
- Dry dishes on the lowest temperature setting. Hotter temperatures can.
- DO NOT PUT THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR DISHWASHER: acrylic, adhesive-joined pieces, all aluminum, antiques, bronze, cast iron, crystal, disposable plastics not labeled, gold-plated flatware, many nonstick pots and pans, pewter, rubber tools, and tin.
- Place plastics on the bottom rack – they will melt!
- Overload the sink or dishwasher. Your dishes will not get as clean as they could if they have the appropriate amount of space between each piece of kitchenware.
- Face plates in the same direction. Place them on the rack facing inward toward spray arms (Small in front, large in back).
- Avoid pre-rinsing dishes as it wastes water and can make dish washing cycle less effective.
- Spilling dry dishwasher detergent can leave dark spots on flatware.
- Mixing metals. Sterling silver and stainless-steel flatware together can cause a reaction between the two metals and damage both finishes.
- Wash your pans and knives in the dishwasher. Knives can become dull as pans may chip and lose their non-stick coating.
- Use too much detergent – too much can cause a buildup of residue from excess soap inside of your dishwasher.
- Use the garbage disposal during wash cycle. Throwing too much down the drain can cause clogging and results in a visit from your plumber..
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