Is your dishwasher just not getting your dishes clean anymore? You’re not alone. Poor cleaning is a problem that’s more common than you would think. 

Have you noticed your pots and glasses end up with a whitish film on them?

 I can tell you why that happens, and it’s often not the fault of the dishwasher. I’m going to bet you’ve recently changed to a new dishwashing detergent, probably a liquid gel.

 I recommend you use Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs or Finish tablets. Using pre-measured detergent prevents over use of soap.

Here’s the important point. Rather than putting the detergent in the dispenser, place it in the bottom of the dishwasher.

Here’s why – the cleaning cycle is most effective when the abrasion (the soap) comes at the beginning. This way the detergent will aggressively go after the food, and any remaining pieces will get scraped off the dishes immediately.

Then the steaming hot water can sanitize the dishes, disinfecting them completely.

Be sure and rinse the food off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. There are very few dishwashers that can actually tolerate a lot of food “disposal” over an extended period of time. The food will “gunk” up the inner workings of the dishwasher and you’ll be calling the repairman out. I’ll be sure and let my banker know to be prepared for more deposits if you choose to bypass this piece of advice.

Here’s another tip: Make sure the water at your kitchen sink tap is hot before you start you dishwasher. The same length of time that it takes for the water to get hot at the sink will be the same time frame for the hot water to reach your dishwasher. If you don’t, you will be washing your dishes with cold water. Make sure your water heating setting is hot enough that it almost scalds your hand when the water is fully hot.

Also, the next time you run your dishwasher, put a half-filled cup of white vinegar upright on the top rack. Do this again for a few more loads and after that, once a month. The vinegar will get rid of white film, clean the machine, and help the washer work more efficiently.

It also helps to load the dishwasher correctly. Put glasses along the sides of the upper rack with small cups, plates, bowls and plastic items in the middle. Larger dishes and pots belong on the bottom rack, where the spray jet is strongest, and flatware goes in the utensil basket.

Try not to “nest” your dishes. Water won’t be able to reach the entire surface, and they won’t get clean.

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