The Deep Dirt on Dishwashers

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Are you getting the most out of your dishwasher? I am now, thanks to Larry Asien, owner of Asien's Appliance, Inc., a Diamond Certified company, who knows dishwashers inside and out. First, you don't have to wash your dishes before loading. Just scrape them and let the machine do all the work. Second, if you have an older dishwasher, you'll get better performance by getting the water in your sink faucet hot before starting a cycle.

Third, you can use less detergent and still get the dishes sparkling clean. Liquid products are better if your water heater is on a lower setting. Powdered detergents work best at 120 degrees or higher. Finally, if you have stains on the inside of your dishwasher, don't panic. The stains are usually from minerals in your water. You can clean them up by running citric acid from the drugstore through the washer instead of detergent.