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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.

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