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Dishwasher Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money

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Should I Invest in a Stainless Steel Interior Tub?

While the base price of a dishwasher with a stainless steel interior tub can be slightly more expensive, it will undoubtedly pay off in the long-run.

What about Sound Levels?

Many dishwashers nowadays do a great job keeping the internal noise to a minimum. However, stainless steel interiors have a thicker wall than their plastic counterparts ensuring that your interior dishwasher tub is cleaning without the unwanted noise. As well, Your dishwasher expends a large amount of energy heating up the water needed to clean your dishes.

A stainless steel interior tub is able to retain heat much better than a plastic tub. By retaining heat, less energy is needed from the dishwasher and that saved energy goes straight into your wallet.

What about Choosing the right Detergent?

When choosing a dish detergent, it is the amount that’s important – not the type. While there are slight differences between liquid and powder detergents, it is more important that you give your dishwasher what it needs. If you put too much detergent, the rinse cycle will not be able to get rid of all the leftover soap which results in residue left on your dishes. Alternatively too little won’t have the desired cleaning effect.

While we don’t have a preference between powder and liquid, we recommend that you avoid using dishwasher tablets as in many cases the amount is too much and will create a problem over time and not clean your dishes as desired. If you're using tablets now try a liquid detergent in a small amount and see if you notice any difference.

There are two types of heating systems in dishwashers and both are good when used properly. Instant hot water heaters are common on imported dishwashers from places like Germany or turkey. Cal rod heaters, like you see in your electric oven, are found in some North American dishwashers. One is not better than the other when used correctly. You will hear hen your using cal rod to pre-run the water at the sink as to bring hot water to the dishwasher faster. This is suggested as to give the element time to reach temp and helps with cleaning. Instant hot water heaters are faster but cost more and can be much more expensive to repair should you require.

Rinse aid is suggested on almost all condensation drying dishwasher(s) as it does help the water bead up and run off the dishes. if your dishwasher has a cal rod system chances are you will have a heat dry feature to assist with heat drying your dishes yet this will take much more time.

When choosing between a European designed dishwasher like Miele or Blomberg and North American designed dishwashers like KitchenAid or Electrolux be aware that in most cases your European dishwasher will fit much nicer and flush vs the North American designs as they are deeper and would require a deeper cabinet to get a flush fit. Ask your dealer and cabinet designers to show you this before you make your final choice. how it looks will not make your dishes come out cleaner.

Is there a right way to load my dishwasher?

When it comes to loading your dishwasher, there is a proper way to load your dishwasher to ensure that you get both amazing results and protection for your dishware, cookware, flatware, and glasses. As always, you should always follow your manufacturer's recommendations when loading your dishwasher, but here are a few simple guidelines.
Before you put anything in the dishwasher, scrape off the large food particles and do not pre-rinse. Your dishwasher detergent’s job is to cling to food and help wash it away.

Any other Tips or Tricks?

Always check your filter if you have one that it is clear and free of any debris before you start your cycle.

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Try not to stack your silverware in the basket as this will cause some of your silverware not to be reached and cleaned the way they need.

If you're considering a dishwasher with a cutlery rack I would suggest this as a good idea as it can not only clean your silverware better but also gives you more loading room on the bottom rack.

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