Dishwasher Dos & Don’ts
• 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.