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Dishwasher Tips

Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer's recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater to a lower temperature. The following tips help you to save even more:

  • Avoid rinsing dishes before you load them in the dishwasher or, if you must rinse, use cold water.

  • Always operate a dishwasher with a full load. If this isn't possible, use an energy-saving cycle.

  • Select the no heat-drying option, if your machine has it. If not, stop the machine before the drying cycle begins, and open the door to let dishes air-dry.

  • Scrape, don't rinse, off large food pieces and bones. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.

  • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded.

  • Don't use the "rinse hold" on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.

  • Let your dishes air dry; if you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

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