There is a proper way to load your dishwasher to ensure that you get amazing results and protection for your dishware, cookware, flatware and glasses. You should always follow your manufacturer's recommendations when loading your dishwasher, but here is a general guideline:
Before placing anything in the dishwasher, scrape off large food particles and do not pre-rinse. Your dishwasher detergent’s job is to help wash food away.
With silverware, be sure to avoid nesting so that water can rinse all surfaces. Safety comes first, so knives should face downwards. Mix up spoons and forks!
Load your large soiled dishes on the bottom rack of the dishwasher so they get good water flow. Be sure to load stemware and cups on an angle so water can run off the bottoms and dry properly. Always face stains towards the sprayer arms. As long as pots and pans are dishwasher safe, they can also be cleaned.
If your dishwasher has an exposed heating element, plastics should go in the top rack. If it has a concealed heating element, plastics can go anywhere in the dishwasher. However, be sure your plastic is dishwasher safe!
Watch our helpful video on how to load your dishwasher properly
For sparkling clean dishes, your dishwasher needs hot water (49ºC / 120ºF). Water at a high temperature helps dissolve food stains. Check the water temperature in your house using a glass of hot water from your kitchen sink and a meat thermometer. If your water temperature is lower than 49ºC (120ºF), consult your hot water heater's user manual or call a service technician to adjust the settings.
Your dishwashing detergent should be stored in a dry environment. If you are using dishwasher tablets, ensure that the packaging remains closed after each use to avoid contact with air moisture. If you use powder, be careful to close the spout after use to help keep the product dry and to avoid spills. Like all cleaning products, store your detergent out of the reach of children.
- Check whether your dishwasher has a built-in liquid rinse aid dispenser. This is usually located near the detergent cup(s).
- Fill your rinse aid dispenser with Finish® Jet-Dry® Rinse Aid. Wipe up any spilled product.
- Finish® Jet-Dry® Rinse Aid is automatically released in the rinse cycle every time your dishwasher runs.
- Check whether your dishwasher has a built-in liquid rinse aid dispenser, which is usually located near the detergent cup(s).
- Fill your rinse aid dispenser with Finish Quantum Jet-Dry®. Wipe up any spilled product.
- Finish Quantum Jet-Dry® is automatically released every time your dishwasher runs.
- Discard your old dish towel. With Finish® Quantum Jet-Dry®, your dishes are done!
- Do not remove the cap. Instead, remove the sticker from top of the bottle to expose the wax plug.
- Empty your dishwasher.
- Place the Finish® Dual Action Dishwasher Cleaner bottle upside down inside the silverware basket or in any bottom dish rack.
- Do not use any soap or dishwasher detergent.
- Close dishwasher door, then run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.
- After a full cycle is complete and the dishwasher is off, remove the bottle and discard.
- For heavy build up, a second application may be necessary.
We recommend that you use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner once a month, or as soon as you notice build up in your dishwasher.
If you live in an area with particularly hard water, we recommend that you use a performance booster, such as Finish® Dishwashing Booster.
- Load the dishwasher.
- Fill the pre-wash chamber with Finish® Dishwashing Booster. If no pre-wash chamber is present, dispense 2 tablespoons of product into bottom of dishwasher.
- Place your detergent in the main wash cup.
- Start your dishwasher.
- For optimal results, fill up the pre-wash chamber and pour a similar quantity directly onto the bottom of the machine.
Did you know that a recent study showed that washing dishes by hand uses more energy than using a dishwasher? The electricity in a dishwasher is used to heat up the water, which is then pumped and recycled around the machine. The less water used, the less electricity is needed to heat up the water.
Compared to washing dishes by hand, dishwashers use much less water. Handwashing uses up to seven times more water than a regular dishwashing cycle. Dishwashers also heat up the water more efficiently, which results in less heat loss than heating water in a tank and transporting it to the sink. In addition, the appliance is insulated to avoid heat loss from the interior space. All the more reason to use your dishwasher!
The truth behind dishwashing by hand:
- Water used - 140 L
- Energy used - 3.5 kWh
- Time spent - 71 min
The truth behind using a dishwasher (at 3 levels):
- Water used – Quick: 13 L /Normal: 18 L /Intensive: 27 L
- Energy used – Quick: 0.9 kWh / Normal: 1.6 kWh / Intensive: 2.0 kWh /
- Time spent: Quick: 39 min / Normal 131 min / Intensive 112 min
So, not only does the dishwasher save you time by doing all of the work for you, but it actually does it by using less water and energy. Even more of an excuse to never wash another dish by hand again!
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- Ensure shiny dishes
- Assist the drying function
- Remove soil from surfaces
- Prevent the re-deposition of soils on the surfaces
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- Remove limescale and grease that can build up in your dishwasher over time
- Eliminate odor caused by build up in your dishwasher’s filter and freshen your machine
- Maintain the mechanical power of the sprayer arm
- Reach the optimal heating temperature
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