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Ways to make your dishwasher more efficient

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There is nothing more frustrating for homeowners than an appliance that is not functioning properly. To avoid any potential issues, here are a few ways to keep your dishwasher running as best as it possibly can:

  • Avoid overcrowding: Filling up the machine beyond its capacity is something that every single homeowner is guilty of doing. It is often very appealing to just shove every single item into a single load to avoid any hand washing or having to run multiple cycles. But by overfilling your appliance, you are cutting down on its ability to clean your kitchenware effectively. There will not be enough soap or water available to wash everything inside adequately. Don't let this happen by only putting in what the machine is built to handle.
  • Scrape the dishes: The entire purpose of dishwashers is for you to have to do as little work as possible. But it is important for you to give your dishes a pre-cleaning. Make sure you get rid of all the leftover food that is still on your plate so it doesn't get in the machine while being washed. This will reduce the likelihood of damage to the appliance.
  • Wash out with vinegar: Over time, your dishwasher will begin to fill with old pieces of discarded food. If these are not dealt with properly, you run the risk of them clogging up the dishwasher's drains. To keep your dishwasher in the best condition possible, you should regularly wash it out by running an empty load with vinegar. It will keep out any hazardous food particles and keep the appliance smelling fresh.

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