This page contains all the resources I have on dishwashers: how to choose a good dishwasher, install it, and use it effectively.
- skip rinsing before putting the dirty dishes in the dishwasher,
- use a good quality detergent to ensure the dishes will always come out spotless,
- load a full dishwasher.
Energy-star certified dishwashers are eco-friendly and use less energy than standard models. On average, they use between 870 watts and 1590 watts per cycle.
New models usually come with heating elements that heat water more efficiently than water heaters. The dishwasher will use the same amount of energy through every cycle, so remember to fully load it if you want to save energy. Another tip is to leave the dishes to air dry after the dishwasher finished cleaning them.
- Rinse the dirty dishes.
- Open the dishwasher.
- Load it.
- Put the detergent in the dispenser and close it.
- Close the dishwasher.
- Turn it on.
- Select the program.
- The machine will now start washing.
- First, clean the dishwasher exterior using soap and water or a glass cleaner.
- Next, remove the filter that is located on the bottom rack. Rinse it under warm water.
- To clean the inside, use a clean cloth or a paper towels to wipe down and remove food scraps. Then run a hot water cycle to clean the machine using a cup of white vinegar instead of detergent. Additionally, you can sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom area and run another cycle with hot water. Once finished, wipe with a cloth or a paper towel.
- If you are installing the dishwasher for the first time you might need to drill 3 holes through the side of the cabinet – for the drain hose, water inlet and electrical wiring. Or use the existing ones if you are just replacing an old dishwasher.
- Turn off the water supply.
- Attach the drain hose to the main pipe below the sink.
- Connect the water line.
- Connect the dishwasher to the power supply.
- Put dishwasher into place.
- Turn on the water supply.
- Test the dishwasher.
- Ready to use.
- Place pans, pots, bowls and plates on the bottom rack facing the spray nozzle. Lay them on the side with similar items next to one another.
- Load cups and glasses on the top rack facing down at an angle.
- Place spoons, forks and knives in their separate holder.
- Keep stainless steel and silver dishes separate to prevent corrosion.
- Keep plastic items secure and away from the bottom racks where they could melt.
- Leave space between the items and for water to run through. Do not overload!
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