A dishwasher is a luxury we often take for granted. Did you know there is a right and a wrong way to wash your dishes in the washer? To get the most out of your appliance follow these simple guidelines.

Use only the recommended amount of detergent. Using too much detergent can leave behind a residue on your dishes.

Run only full loads of dishes; this saves on water and electricity.

Don’t pack dishes too tightly. The washer needs to be able to spray water and get to all of the dishes.

When loading the dishes stacking items facing downward and inwards. Make sure all the arms can spin freely before running the dishwasher.

Don’t rinse dishes by hand use the Rinse-Hold cycle. This can waste an extra 20 gallons of water per load; that is 6,500 gallons per household each year.

If you have hard water use a rinse aid. Rinse aids help dishes dry quicker,  preventing droplets from forming on your dishes. Don’t use rinse aid if you have a water softener.

Dry dishes on the lowest temperature setting. Higher temperatures leave spots on glassware.

Check the labels of your dishes to see what if dishwasher safe.

Following these simple tips will have your dishes cleaner and your washer running for many years to come.

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