Tips for Effectively Loading a Dishwasher (Part 1)
Tips for Effectively Loading a Dishwasher
- Make sure your water starts hot enough. Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120F . Water that is cooler than this won’t do a good job cleaning. Water that is hotter could scald.
- Load the dishwasher as you go. Get in the habit of setting your dish down in the dishwasher, instead of the sink.
- Place similar-sized dishware near each other for easy unloading.
- Choose the air dry cycle to save energy. If your dishes aren’t perfectly dry at the end of the cycle, leave the door open or partly open for a while before you unload.
- Make sure your water heater is at the right temperature, generally about 120F. Water too hot wastes energy while water that is not hot enough will not clean dishes well.
- Unload the dishwasher promptly after running it or as soon as is convenient so there’s no excuse for stacking dirty dishes in the sink.
- Run full loads. Running a full load in your dishwasher can save water compared to washing dishes by hand, especially if you don’t overdo it on the pre-rinsing.
- Store powdered detergents in a dry place until they are ready for use.
- For energy efficiency run the shortest cycle that effectively cleans your dishes. “Pot-scrubber” and heavy-duty cycles need only be used with the dirtiest dish loads. Run full (but not over-full) loads.
- Some dishwasher models don’t have sprayers or arms under the top rack. If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to get the inside of your glasses and other items on the top rack clean, see if large items in the lower rack are blocking most the water from the arm under the bottom rack. Water goes through the plates much easier than a large pot or bowl.
- For best cleaning, utensils should be placed in the basket handle down (that’s how restaurants do it).