Tip of the week…
How to use a dishwasher
Scrape, don’t rinse. There’s no need to rinse plates after you scrape them clean. If the dishwasher’s soil sensor detects no debris, it will run a lighter wash cycle, possibly leaving your dishes dirty.
Run full loads only. Dishwashers have mechanical parts, so the more often you run them, the sooner those parts will wear out.
Avoid strong chemicals. Chlorine bleach and degreasing agents can shorten the life span of key components such as the pump, seals, and hydraulic circuits.
Mind the plastics. Some plastics will melt in a dishwasher, but even some labeled safe should be handled with care because chemicals can leach out of them at high heat. Place them in the top rack and skip “sanitize” and other higher-temperature cycles.
Keep it clean. Run the cleaning cycle as often as your manual specifies and be sure to regularly remove and rinse the drain filter.
Source: Consumer Reports