I don't know about you, but the dishwasher is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. The door must open dozens of times a day and it is filled with plates, bowls, glassware and silverware, among other items.
In order to maximize the potential of your dishwasher, consider the following tips:
- Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature. Many dishwashers have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater to a lower temperature. This will save on your energy bill.
- Scrape off, don’t rinse off, large food pieces and bones. Put the bones in the trash, not down the garbage disposer. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food. This will save on your water bill.
- Be sure that when you run your dishwasher, it is full, but not overloaded. You want to only run it when you have enough for a full load, but you don't want to over stuff it with items. This will cause the dishwasher to wash less effectively and you might end up with some dirty dishes at the end. That is a waste of time, water and energy!
- Don’t use the "rinse hold" function on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it. If possible, utilize the "normal" setting and save the "pots and pans" setting for when you really need it. This will save water and energy as well.
- Let your dishes air dry. If you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.
Utilizing these tips will enable you to make the best use of your dishwasher and save you money at the same time.
Do you have any other money saving tips when it comes to your dishwasher? Share your thoughts.
In the meantime, have a great week!