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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/9/2018

Your dishwasher is one of the best appliances that you own. It saves you tons of time and aggravation from hand-washing all of the dishes each and every night after dinner. Itís not an appliance that we replace often, so you need to make sure that we maintain it correctly in order to get a good lifespan out of your investment. Taking good care of your appliances can also help to keep up the value of your home when you go to sell it. Homebuyers prefer to have appliances that are updated and well maintained. Below, youíll find some tips for extending the life of your dishwasher. You may not think that an item that cleans needs to be cleaned itself, but thereís plenty of things that you can do to keep your dishwasher clean and working well in order to have sparkling dishes.  

Load It And Use It

This may seem obvious, but itís important to actually use your dishwasher. Running cycles regularly can help you to keep the machine running smoothly and keep away debris and food particles. If you donít have a full load, try and run the dishwasher at least every other day. Youíll save money and energy if you wait to run the washer on a full load, so donít overdo it. You just donít want to go a week or more without running the dishwasher, as it will allow a lot of buildup to occur, making the dishwasher work harder to clean the dishes that are loaded in it.     

To keep the washer running effectively, youíll want to always load it correctly according to the guidelines for your particular dishwasher. For a thorough clean, use a commercial dishwasher cleaner from time to time when you run the washer on its own without any dishes in it. This will keep a stench from building up and allow your dishes to clean more thoroughly.  

Scrape Food Debris

Although your dishwasher and the detergent are equipped to get rid of food debris, scraping food off of plates prior to loading them into the dishwasher can help to prevent damage and maintain proper drainage from the washer itself. The dishes will also come out of the cycle a bit cleaner than if you have left a ton of food and sauce debris on your plates. Scraping the food rather than pre-rinsing the dishes also is a good way to conserve water. While pre-rinsing your dishes may seem like a good idea, over the life of your dishwasher, you can save tens of thousands of gallons of water.

Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 5/10/2015

A dishwasher is a luxury we often take for granted. Did you know there is a right and a wrong way to wash your dishes in the washer? To get the most out of your appliance follow these simple guidelines. Use only the recommended amount of detergent. Using too much detergent†can leave behind a residue on your dishes. Run only full loads of dishes; this saves on water and electricity. Don't pack dishes too tightly. The washer needs to be able to spray water and get to all of the dishes. When loading the dishes†stacking items facing downward and inwards. Make sure all the arms can spin freely before running the dishwasher. Don't rinse dishes by hand use the Rinse-Hold cycle. This can waste an extra 20 gallons of water per load; that is 6,500 gallons per household each year. If you have hard water†use a rinse aid. Rinse aids help dishes dry quicker, †preventing droplets from forming on your dishes.†Don't use rinse aid if you have a water softener. Dry dishes on the lowest temperature setting. Higher temperatures leave spots on glassware. Check the labels of your dishes to see what if dishwasher safe. Following these simple tips will have your dishes cleaner and your washer running for many years to come.