Load your utensils properlyThere’s always a right way to keep your utensils – dishes go towards the bottom, plasticware goes at the top etc. Refer to the manual for the exact placement but keep in mind that spacing is key to getting a good wash. Do not overload the machine.
Clean the filterDishwashers have some mechanism to capture the food scraps that are present on your plates. When they use a filter, it’s usually better for noise levels but they also need to be cleaned regularly. Check once a month or more frequently depending on your usage.
Don’t pre-rinseThe usual practice is to hand-rinse the dishes before putting them into the washer. However, most washers today work better if they have something to clean. Except for clearing them of the biggest leftovers, don’t rinse your plates.
Don’t scrubMost dishwashers today also come with a turbo-jet function that does the hard-job of scrubbing for you. Your hands will thank you for this one.
Use a connected dishwasherJust like any other category, smart features on dishwashers also have their perks. You could remotely monitor the operation of the machine. Software updates can even add newer cleaning cycles.
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