If you love to cook, a dishwasher can be your best friend. Unfortunately, many of us abuse our dishwashers, which leads to dirty dishes and frequent breakdowns. Use these six tips from Patterson Plumbing to get the most out of your trusty appliance.

  1. Clean your plates before you load them into your dishwasher. Nobody wants to wash their dishes before they wash their dishes, but putting a food-covered plate into the dishwasher hurts performance and can cause clogs.

  1. Run hot water before starting the dishwasher. Before you start a load of dishes, run your sink until the water feels hot to the touch. This way, your dishwasher won’t have to warm up.

  1. Make sure your water is ideal for washing dishes. Not all water is created equal. Hard water, or water with a high mineral content, is tough on dishes and doesn’t provide a spot-free clean.

  1. Know what can’t go in your dishwasher. Putting the wrong thing in your dishwasher can damage both the item and the appliance. Common no-no’s include vintage plates, wooden utensils, and bottles with the labels still on.

  1. Load your dishwasher strategically. There is a right way and a wrong way to load a dishwasher. For best results, place large plates and pots on the bottom rack, facing towards the center. Cups, plastic tupperware, and smaller dinnerware are reserved for the top rack.

  1. Give your dishwasher a little TLC. A little bit of care can go a long way towards maintaining your dishwasher. Routinely clean the seal and trap, and run an empty load with a cup of white vinegar to keep your dishwasher running like new.

Looking for more ways to maximize the effectiveness of your dishwasher? Check out these tips from The Kitchn.

Neglecting to care for your dishwasher can cause the appliance to malfunction, and even damage your plumbing system. Luckily for you, the experts at Patterson Plumbing are just a phone call away. If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, call us for all of your plumbing repair needs at (719) 544-4922.

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