Detergent Decisions & Dishwasher Loading Tips

One things for sure. Almost everyone uses more detergent in their dishwashers and laundry machines than is needed.
Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to determine the optimal amount of detergent needed to clean a load of dishes and today’s high efficient machines do an excellent job of cleaning dishes. Uses extra detergent is really just throwing money down the drain, literally and figuratively.
From the Consumer Reports Home and Garden blog, here are some tips for washing your dishes most effectively.
+ Load large items at the sides and back of the dishwasher so that they don’t block water and detergent from reaching other dishes.
+ Place the dirtier side of the dishes toward the center of the machine for more exposure to spray.

+ Load silverware in the individual silverware slots most dishwashers now include. If you have an open basket, mix forks, spoons and knives to prevent them from sticking together.
[via New York Times]

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Allison

    I see these things on the curb all the time and often the scrap metal guys will pick them up. Not sure where they go after that, though. Are parts recycled??

    • Charles & Hudson

      Yes, the steel in these water heaters is very valuable and shouldn’t go to waste in landfills.

  • pamchristian

    does this dumping of old hotwater heaters out in your yard does it hurt our enviroment? does it put off something bad .

    • Rogerj

      Yes! It puts off the signal you are a redneck that is too lazy to maintain your property. Recycle it! Most centers will pay you for the scrap steel in the shell.

  • Electric Fires

    Common applications include space heating, cooking, water heating and industrial processes.


    Well I don’t have much knowledge about this but I think this can be possible. This all depends upon the recycling and people can make it possible if they prefer the right things.