Yay for dishwashers! I know of no kitchen appliance that improves my life as much as my dishwasher does. After living in a series of rentals with no dishwasher for most of my 20s, I’m now loving home ownership, complete with an ultra-fancy Frigidaire that gets my dishes squeaky clean.
And although dishwashers often seem pretty self-explanatory—place dirty dishes inside, press start, the end, right?—there are quite a few ways you can optimize your dishwasher use to save water, get cleaner dishes and make your machine run more smoothly. Here are our dishwasher dos and don’ts
DO: Learn how to load properly
Arguments over the “right” way to load the dishwasher are common. A 2015 report found that a full 40 percent of American couples argue over which ways the plates should go and how to place the glasses in the top rack. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Educate yourself and your family members about the correct way to load the dishwasher by reading the manual that came with your machine. (If you bought it secondhand, there’s a good chance the manual is available online with some careful Googling). If you’re still puzzled on just where and how to place your dishes, this video from YouTuber Melissa of Clean My Space will set you straight.