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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