5 clever ways to save money and energy with your dishwasher

Are you getting the most from your dishwasher?

It's no secret that a kitchen with a dishwasher is a total game-changer. But Colin Jones from Appliances Online wants to make sure we are getting the best use of the appliance.

He says, “The dishwasher is the most frequently used kitchen appliance, however many don’t realise they are not using their dishwasher correctly or efficiently."

You may already follow some of these principles, but Colin says that smart use of your dishwasher can help achieve maximum results and efficiency, as well as extending its longevity and even save you money on energy bills.

To ensure you get the most out of your dishwasher, there are five simple things he believes you should be doing daily:

Get the stacking right

Did you know there is a specific way you should be loading your dishwasher in order to achieve maximum wash results and ensure it runs efficiently?

"Plates should be placed at the bottom of the dishwasher, ensuring there is enough space between them to allow water and soap to reach. Cups, glasses and bowls should be placed at an angle so water can reach from below. Forks and spoons should be placed in the cutlery basket handle down, and knives handle up (for safety). The key is to avoid overloading your dishwasher," he says.

Use the pre-rinse cycle to save water

Scraping large food items off dishes followed by running a pre-rinse cycle, instead of leaving the tap running to rinse plates, saves time and water.

"The pre-rinse cycle runs for approximately 11 minutes and only uses 5 litres of water compared to 9.5 litres per minute under a running tap," explains Colin. "The pre-rinse cycle can pre-wash your dishes and loosen any food particles leftover."

Tailor your cycles to match the load

Dishwashers have a variety of different cycle options and Colin says they are there for a reason.

"Did you know the ‘eco-wash’ cycle is a common cycle available on many new dishwashers and is environmentally friendly, using less water and energy as well as lower temperatures? If you only have a few items to wash, switching to the ‘half-load’ cycle will save you water, energy and time," he suggests.

Regular TLC will keep it running efficiently and save money on costly repairs

Your dishwasher filters, drain hole and spray arm should be cleaned regularly once a month, for efficient cleaning and wash cycles.

"Removing the spray arm is easy to do, and you can use a wire to clean out the holes and remove any hard deposits that can prevent them from working properly," says Colin. "To clean the filters, remove them and soak in warm water for 10 minutes. Give them a good rinse under hot running water and place back in your dishwasher. You can also put half a cup of baking soda in the drain hole to freshen it up!"

Clean with white vinegar to eliminate bad smells

It's pretty gross to think that the odours from your dishwasher are generally caused by a build-up of trapped food particles or grease. Colin suggests this cheap-as-chips way to easily remove bad smells.

"Place a cup of white vinegar into the top rack of your dishwasher or pour directly into the dishwasher drain and run a short cycle. This will result in a cleaner, smell-free dishwasher, better cleaning cycles and cleaner dishes," he says.

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