For a lot of people, the typical after meal routine includes rinsing off your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. id-10085610 According to Consumer Reports, “Pre-rinsing your dishes in the sink can easily waste more than 6,000 gallons of water per household each year.”  That’s a lot of wasted water.  And then there is the right and wrong way to load a dishwasher.  Loading a dishwasher haphazardly results in wasted water, wasted energy, and wasted time when dishes come out dirty and need to be run through a cycle all over again.

We are all about Simple ~ Easy ~ Living here at Southern Oaks Apartments, so here are some do’ and don’ts, from Consumer Reports, when it comes to using your dishwasher:

  • Right before turning on the dishwasher, run the hot water faucet on the kitchen sink until the water gets hot.  This prevents the wash cycle from starting with cold water.
  • Pre-rinsing is a real water aster and today’s dishwashers can handle the food clinging to the dish.  Scraping off leftover food is usually enough.
  • Check the location of your water jets, then load large items in a way that doesn’t block them or the soap dispenser.
  • Use the top rack for dishwasher-safe plastics and delicate items like wine glasses, but make sure they don’t hit the roof.  Place all mixing bowls and sauce pans face down.
  • Load forks and spoons with the handles facing down, but place knives with their handles facing up to avoid getting cut when you remove them.
  • Us the bottom rack for plates and saucers and such large items as platters and serving bowls.  Place items with backed on food face down and toward the spray arm.

Image courtesy of patpitchaya at FreeDigitalPhotos.net