3 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making When Using Your Dishwasher

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Common Mistakes with Using a Dishwasher

The dishwasher is one of the most convenient appliances you can have in a kitchen. If you’ve ever gone a period of time without one, you know just how much easier life is with one! Most homeowners simply load their dishwashers, fill up the detergent module, set the cycle, and forget it until it’s time to put away the clean dishes. But good dishwashing takes a little bit more careful thought than this. Homeowners tend to make some of the same mistakes when it comes to using their dishwasher, whether it is an old, reliable unit or fresh off the assembly line. Here are three of the most common mistakes that are made!

1) Not Drying the Dishes Fully

Many newer dishwasher models especially can have a little trouble getting dishes completely dry owing to newer standards designed for energy efficiency. After a cycle has just completed, it’s worth opening your dishwasher up to a crack to let all of the moisturized air out – this can help your dishes dry more completely. Some models will even do this automatically!

2) Overloading Your Dishwasher

Despite being much faster than handwashing, we all know how tedious doing loads of dishes can be in the dishwasher, and so we tend to load it up as much as we can. This can be a mistake, however – overloading your dishwasher can make it so that your dishes aren’t getting as clean as they should be. The spray arm can’t get in between the various dishes to get them clean. Refer to your dishwasher manual for guidance on the best way to load your dishes. It might result in more loads, but it’ll also pay off with sparkling clean dishes.

3) Choosing the Wrong Cycle

Dishwasher cycles are much longer now because of energy efficiency guidelines, so a load that used to take around 45 minutes may take closer to 2 hours nowadays. This isn’t a bad thing – less water and energy usage leads to savings on your utility bills overall – but some homeowners will see the express cycle on their dishwashers and think that it’ll work just as well as the normal cycle. You should only use your express cycle for a small load of pre-rinsed dishes! Also, if your dishwasher has the option, consider using the sanitizing cycle to not only clean but also kill off any bacteria lingering on your dishes.


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