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If you want to get the most out of your dishwasher, you need to stop making these five mistakes ASAP:

Mistake #1: Not rinsing your dishes.

There seem to be conflicting reports on the internet about whether or not you should rinse dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher. Here’s the deal: rinse your dishes if they are going to sit in the dishwasher for several hours (or days) before you run a cycle. Otherwise, just scrape off any large food particles and start your machine.

Mistake #2: Overloading your dishwasher.

In order to maximize each cleaning cycle, you want to make sure you have the right amount of dishes in your machine. Too few dishes and you are wasting a cycle; too many dishes and you increase wear-and-tear on the appliance (not to mention the risk of your dishes not getting completely clean and needing a re-wash).

Mistake #3: Not facing dishes towards the jet.

Dishwashers clean from the jets, which are located at the bottom of the appliance, in the center. Therefore, your dishes should face towards the center, so the water actually hits them. If you have bowls facing upwards, or plates facing the outer edge of the racks, the wrong side of your dishes will get cleaned.

Mistake #4: You still use powder or liquid detergent.

If you are still using powder or liquid detergent in your dishwasher, it’s time to make the switch to pods. Pods are pre-measured tablets that are proven to clean dishes better without leaving behind water spots or discoloration. On top of that, they are the easiest and most convenient option.

Mistake #5: Loading dishes on the wrong rack.

Despite what many people think, the top and bottom racks each have a specific purpose. Pots, pans, and plates should exclusively be placed on the bottom rack, while the top should be reserved for bowls, cups, mugs, and containers.

Repeatedly making these mistakes can lead to serious problems for your dishwasher down the road – such as rust, leaks, and operating malfunctions. Luckily for you, the experts at Patterson Plumbing are just a phone call away! If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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