These Dos and Don'ts will help you to become a dishwashing pro.
DO use only the recommended amount of detergent -- too much can leave behind a residue, and too little can result in dirty dishes.
DO run only full loads. If the dishwasher is partially full, use the Rinse-Hold cycle to remove odor-causing foods. This is more economical than rinsing dishes by hand, which can waste up to 20 extra gallons of water per load or 6,500 gallons per household each year.
DO use a rinse aid. They lower the surface tension of the rinse water so droplets don't form. Particularly helpful if you have hard water, they also help dishes dry faster, which can be helpful when using the Energy-Saving Dry cycle or air-drying dishes.
DO dry dishes on the lowest temperature setting. Hotter temperatures can leave spots on glassware.
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