To quote Rodney Dangerfield, “I GET NO RESPECT!!”
Don’t let this be true for you and your trustworthy dishwasher.
1. Scrape, But Don’t Rinse.
Larger food particles MIGHT be ground up inside the unit, but they also MIGHT clog the filter. Rinsing dishes wastes water. It’s a hard habit to break, but it’s worth it for your dishwasher AND the environment. Trust your dishwasher to do its job. Scrape off food particles and leave the rest to the dishwasher.
2. The Right Way To Load.
Learn how to load your dishwasher for maximum capacity and optimal cleaning.
- Face all of the dirty surfaces towards the center.
- Make sure there is room between each item.
- Put plasticware and lighter items around the outside, so they don’t get blown around.
- Utensils should be placed so they can’t “nest” against each other.
3. How Often Should You Wash?
The latest TV commercials are right – “Do it every night!” Why? Because even without a full load you’re saving water. A newer dishwasher uses 2-2.5 gallons of water per CYCLE versus your faucet which flows at 2.2 gallons per MINUTE! Plus there’s less of a chance of dried-on gunk and nasty smells. Nuff said?