If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your kitchen, imagine a life without it: You’re dealing with time-consuming hand washing and precious time away from other activities.
Maybe we’re exaggerating, but having a dishwasher does make life just a little bit easier.
But in order to keep your machine functioning properly, it’s up to you to know what shouldn’t go in the dishwasher, as well as steps you can take to maximize productivity.
1. Have a plan of attack
You don’t need to devise a long, thought-out plan for how you’re going to set those dinner plates in the dishwasher, but having a method for your madness will help you stay efficient. It’s important to avoid loading the dishwasher haphazardly as the dishes could come out with a few leftovers stuck to them. Face the plates toward the sprayer arms and don’t let your spoons spoon. These small tips may not seem like much, but they could help your dishes get cleaner and avoid a second run through the dishwasher.
2. Unload bottom to top
After the dishes have been cleaned and the steam has been cleared, be sure you’re unloading the dishwasher the right way. You bet there’s a correct way to do this, and it might even save you some time in the process. Always unload the bottom of the dishwasher first. That way, you won’t be dumping any leftovers on the dishes below. If you unload the top first, you risk dripping some of that sometimes dirty water left in a cup or bowl onto the dishes below. They’ll need a little extra drying when they were perfectly fine to begin with.
3. Run the dishwasher at night
The best time to run the dishwasher is at low peak times, such as right before you go to sleep for the night. This will help you to conserve water for activities you plan on doing, such as laundry or showering. Using the dishwasher can affect water pressure and temperature, and that could mean an unpleasant experience if you’re third in line for the shower.
4. Run full loads
Dishwashers have come a long way over the years. Older models used around 15 gallons, while newer, more efficient models use as little as 5.5 gallons per load. It might not seem like much, but why not save water when you can? Try running only full loads, and you’ll be less wasteful while spending less time unloading multiple loads. But if those dishes require immediate attention, perhaps it’s best to press the start button right away. Use your best judgment.
5. Be cautious of what you load
Fine china, wooden cutting boards and soft plastic containers are better off washed by hand. Your dishwasher may be an efficient tool, but your trusty scrub brush in the kitchen sink is best suited for certain items. Be cautious of what you’re loading, or you could be tossing your favorite mixing spoon in the trash.
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