Your Dishwasher – Making It Perform At Its Best
How you use your dishwasher will determine how efficient it operates. Is it really getting your dishes clean without wasting a bunch of energy and water? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you improve the performance and efficiency of your home's dishwasher.
Don't Pre-Wash Dishes
You honestly shouldn't have to wash the dishes before you load them into the dishwasher. Seriously, if you need to do anything more than scrape the food off of the dishes, the dishwasher is ready to be replaced.
Now, if the dishes have been sitting around with food drying onto them for a day or two before you get around to loading the dishwasher, you'll need to give them a little extra attention, but it shouldn't be anything more than allowing them to soak in hot, soapy water for fifteen minutes or so before loading them into the dishwasher.
Heat the Water
If your dishwasher isn't equipped with a built-in water heater, run the hot water in the kitchen sink until it flows hot out of the faucet. This way, you'll know that the dishes are immediately being washed with hot water in the dishwasher.
Choose the Right Products
Don't opt for the cheapest dishwashing detergent that you can find. They may cost less, but you'll end up having to put a lot more effort into getting your dishes clean – you may even find that it's less work to just hand-wash the dishes and dry them in a rack.
Don't forget the rinse-aid! There is a good reason for manufacturers including the compartment for rinse-aid. Not only will it help to rinse the dishes entirely, but it will also expedite the drying process and prevent water spots from forming.
Clean the Dishwasher
The dishwasher will need to be cleaned from time to time. This is especially true if you have hard water in your home. You can purchase products made for cleaning the dishwasher, or you can purchase a big jug of white vinegar. If you opt to use the vinegar, all you'll have to do is pour about two cups of vinegar into the empty dishwasher and run a wash cycle. The vinegar will break down any deposits built up inside and open up all of the water jets that may have become clogged.
If you do all of this and your dishwasher still doesn't get those dishes completely clean, it's time to talk with your local appliance professional to discuss replacing it with a new unit that will actually do what it's supposed to. For more information, contact a company like Hudson Appliance Center.