Tips for Getting Cleaner Dishes from Your Dishwasher

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Are your dishes not as clean as you’d like them to be when you remove them from the dishwasher? Your dirty dishes may not be the fault of your dishwashing appliance. So, before you call an appliance repairman, try these simple steps for cleaner dishes, shiny glasses, and sparkling silverware.

Remove Any Obstacles
Before you load your dishes, look at the base of your dishwasher to make sure there isn’t a piece of food or another obstacle impeding its function. Check the filter box that protects your dishwasher’s pump and remove any foreign objects that may be preventing your dishwasher from doing its job.

Use a Rinse Aid
If you have hard water, you may notice markings on your glasses and dishes. Dried water droplets leave deposits that cause these annoying streaks and spots. However, if you use a rinse aid, your dishes are more likely to dry evenly, so you can prevent these unsightly marks.

Avoid Pre-Rinsing Your Dishes
You may think you are helping out your dishwasher if you take the time to rinse your dishes before loading them. However, pre-rinsing can actually inhibit the dishwasher detergent, as it looks to attack food soil that you have already rinsed away. As a result, detergent is more likely to latch onto your glasses, causing a cloudy effect that can be permanent.

Don’t Overload Your Dishwasher
Improper loading can cause a lot of problems. Make there is enough space between dishes so that water from below has a chance to reach every item. Be sure to keep your more durable dishes on the bottom rack, and place your glasses and smaller dishes on the top. Do not load any dishes that are not dishwasher safe!

If these tips don’t do the trick, it may be time to purchase a new, state-of-the-art dishwasher—so visit Friedmans Appliance’s Concord showroom today! Our friendly staff will help you learn all about the fantastic features our appliances offer. For more information about our inventory and services, call (925) 265-8402.