Due to the recent news of hurricanes, lots of advice is making the rounds on social media on how best to protect your home and valuables. Some of that advice is not so great, like storing your valuables in the dishwasher. That’s because while dishwashers are very good at keeping (limited) amounts of water in, it’s not so good at keeping large quantities of water out. Continue reading
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To make sure you are getting the most out of your dishwasher, here are some loading tips:
• Load large items at the side and back so they don’t block the water spray
• Face the soiled surfaces inward so they’re hit by the spray.
• Load Silverware and cups on an Continue reading
If your dishwasher will not start or turn on, there are a few parts you can check on that might be causing the problem. Replacing one of these dishwasher parts might get your dishwasher back up and running again. Whether your dishwasher is made by Whirlpool, Kenmore, Frigidaire, KitchenAid, Maytag, or Bosch, the parts on your dishwasher will work in a similar way. Continue reading
How many years can you expect to get out of that washer, dryer or refrigerator? The average life expectancy for a dishwasher and microwave oven is about 9 years, while you might get 18 years out of a gas range. Of course, the amount it is used can also factor into life expectancy, but knowing the average lifespan of an appliance might help when determining if you should repair or replace your appliance.
Here’s a chart using information from the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) many consumers replace their appliances long before they wear out due to styling, technology and consumer preference.
Cleaning a glass jar in the dishwasher might seem like a easy way to clean the jar and remove the label at the same time — but don’t do it. The paper or plastic label can break apart and end up in your dishwasher’s drain pump. You will then need to take apart your dishwasher in order to clean out your drain pump.
Instead, soak the jar in a sink full or warm soapy water in order to easily remove the label. It should peel right off.
If you are pre-rinsing your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, you are not only wasting your time and water, you are also causing them to come out dirtier.
Most newer dishwashers — those sold within the past five years and costing more than $500 — have a sensor that determines how thorough a wash is needed. “If you’ve already rinsed off much of the muck, the sensor misreads the dishes as already fairly clean,” writes ConsumerReports.org.
Your dishwasher detergent is also designed to “attach themselves to food particles,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Without food, the enzymes have nothing to latch onto, says P&G.”
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Does your dishwasher leave a white film on your clean dishes? It might not be your dishwasher’s fault. In 2010, phosphates were removed from most commercial dishwasher cleaners. In areas with hard water, this left dishwasher-cleaned dishes and glasses with a white film on the cleaned dishes due to minerals in the water.
To get rid of this, try adding a dishwasher booster like Lemi Shine. Lemi Shine removes tough water spots from dishes and glassware. Just add it to your regular dishwasher cleaner or else run your dishwasher with it alone on cleaned dishes to remove white film and hard water spots.
If this does not solve your white film problem try Continue reading