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How do I get the best cleaning from my dishwasher?
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Loading, water temperature, detergent, and rinse aids are the four things to pay attention to here. Loading is very important to a good cleaning. Load so that you donТt block any sprayer arms, and distribute the dishes so that they all get sprayed by the wash water.
Water temperature is another key to getting your dishes clean. The temperature should be at least 120F, and up to about 150F. Most dishwashers will pause while they heat up the water to the proper temperature. If your unit is hooked up to the kitchen sink, you may want to run the faucet for a few seconds to ensure that the water entering the dishwasher is already hot. It is very important to use fresh detergent, so keep it fresh and dry. You can store it in an airtight container. Many manufacturers recommend discarding old and lumpy detergent as it may not dissolve fully, and may leave a gritty residue. Using the right kind and amount of detergent is also very important to getting dishes as clean as possible. The use of a rinse aid can help to keep dishes spot-free and keep dish drying time down.