Dish­washer Dos & Don’ts

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• Mix up flat­ware in bas­ket so items of the same type doesn’t stack to­gether. • Place more del­i­cate items in up­per rack. • Start on top rack with cups, glasses and small bowls as well as dish­washer-safe plas­tics to keep them as far as pos­si­ble from heat­ing el­e­ment of ma­chine. • For baked-on crust only, soak pots and pans to loosen be­fore load­ing.


• For dish­wash­ers bought in the last five years, do not pre-rinse dishes. Dish­wash­ers now have a sen­sor that in­di­cates how much food is on the item and how thor­ough the wash needs to be. Just scrape off bits of loose food. • Do not block wa­ter jets within the dish­washer with a pot or pan. • Don’t use more than the rec­om­mended amount of de­ter­gent. Over­fill­ing the dis­penser can leave a residue on dishes.

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