3 Tips To Make Your Dishwasher More Efficient And Free Of Grit Or Residue

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Dishwashers can save hours of time each week that would be spent hunched over a soapy sink. But even higher end dishwasher appliances need some help from the owner to clean dishes as efficiently as possible. And this attention can also prevent problems that could cause grit or residue to end up on your dishes.

Here are a few tips for making your dishwasher as efficient and clean as possible.

Establish a Maintenance Routine to Minimize Grit

Did you know there are a few parts of the dishwasher you need to regularly clean? Start with the food trap. It's a small compartment under the sprayer arm at the bottom of the dishwasher. On some models the trap is fully removable for cleaning but for others you'll need to scrub out the food debris with a washcloth.

You also need to clean the sprayer arm itself as well as the interior walls of the dishwasher. While the power of the water during a wash cycle is often enough to keep these items fairly clean, gritty food residue and hard water buildups can still cling to these surfaces.

Try to clean the trap at least once a week and give the interior a good rub down at least every other week with frequent dishwasher usage.

Eliminate White Residue with Water Temp, Cleaner

Are your dishes coming out of the wash cycle with a cloudy white residue all over the surface? There are a few potential causes and each has a different solution. So you might need to experiment before you find an answer that works for you.

The first step is to make sure you're not using too much dish detergent. Excess detergent can leave behind residue even after the wash cycle is complete. Make sure you're using the proper amount for both the type of detergent you're using and the type of dishwasher you have.

It's also possible that the problem is happening due to a lack of proper water temperature. If your dishwasher is newer, it's possible that the unit was shipped to you with the temperature set lower than the maximum range for the unit. Consult your owner's manual to see how to check your current temperature and how to make any needed adjustments.

Finally, residue might be due to hard water. This is a problem that can impact the water quality and damage appliances all around your home so you might want to consult a plumber about a water softener. But you can also buy special dishwasher cleaner at any hardware store or places like Shore TV and Appliance that's made to specifically combat hard water.

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