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Your dishwasher is an important kitchen appliance that can do more than just wash pots and pans. Read how you can save money and clean more.
Six Things You Need to Know about Your Dishwasher
If your household is like most, the dishwasher is a very important appliance in your household.
You may not even think about how awesome your dishwasher is until it breaks down and you have to live without it for a few days.
Did you know that your dishwasher is good for more than just dishes though? It is and it is a pretty impressive list of extras your dishwasher can do.
Here are a few things that you should know about your dishwasher.
Dishwashers Save You Money on Water
It might not seem as though your dishwasher is using less water than hand washing a sink full of dirty dishes but it’s true.
You save water by running your dishwasher instead of handwashing those dishes which means you are saving money on water and energy costs, plus freeing up some of your valuable time so that you can do something else.
The newer your dishwasher is, the more energy and water efficient it is.
Yes, You Need to Regularly Clean Your Dishwasher
When was the last time you cleaned your faithful dish washing cleaning machine?
Have you ever cleaned your dishwasher? It can be easy to forget that appliances we use to clean for us like the washing machine and dishwasher also need to be cleaned in order to work their best and remain efficient.
You can learn more about how to deep clean your dishwasher in this post here.
Using Your Dishwasher at Night is Best
According to Energy Sage, most electricity providers offer discounted rates for nighttime use of electricity. So before you go to bed, turn on your dishwasher.
And in the morning you will have saved a few extra bucks and will awake to clean dishes.
One of the things I do appreciate is the added humidity that dishwashers bring to your home. In the winter our home gets dry. So adding humidity back in during the night makes me feel more comfortable.
Your Dishwasher can Keep Your Food Warm
Did you know that you can use your dishwasher to keep food warm?
Around the holidays if your oven is already in use, you may run out of places to keep your food warm until it is ready to be served. You can use your dishwasher for this task.
Simply place your dishes of prepared food in the dishwasher and run a dry cycle to keep the food warm.
Just make sure that it is a drying cycle, you don’t want to ruin all of your hard work with water.
Clean with Vinegar and Prevents Spots
If you find that after running your dishwasher your dishes still have hard water spots you can prevent them with white vinegar.
Yes, you can buy expensive spot-prevention products on the aisle with the dishwasher detergent, but you can use a small cup or bowl of white vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher just as easily.
White vinegar is fairly inexpensive and you can use it for other cleaning tasks around your home too.
It’s Not Just For Dishes
Did you know that you can clean way more than just dishes in your dishwasher?
You can use it to wash the following, plus more;
- silk flowers
- gardening tools
- baseball caps
- flip flops
- small plastic toys
- glass light fixture covers
- refrigerator shelves
- make-up brushes
- cleaning sponges
- And more.
These are just a few of the other things your dishwasher can wash besides dishes. I love it when I can just pop it open and add in a few extra household items that need to be cleaned.
But be careful. Those household items that have special embellishments or plated coloring will still need to be hand-washed.
Remember You Must Load Your Dishwasher Correctly
To get the most out of your dishwasher as far as cleanliness and energy and water efficiency go you really do need to load it correctly.
Now to correctly load your machine you are going to need to read your owner’s manual, or look it up online if it has gotten lost over the years.
Each dishwasher brand is different, so the correct way to load one, may not be the correct way to load another.
There you have it, six things about your dishwasher you may not have known before.
Do you use your dishwasher for anything besides simply washing dishes? Now that you know other ways that you can use it will you try it?
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