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A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.

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Dig Your Dishwasher Again: Tips For Effective, Eco-Friendly Use Of Your Dishwasher

Matthew Young

Cleaning and maintaining your home may involve a periodic cleaning of the fridge, but you should pay attention to  the other appliances in your home, as well. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough time and energy into your dishwasher. Considering it is one of the hardest working appliances in your home, ensuring it works effectively and without wasting energy and water is smart for the environment and your finances. Using this guide on proper use, your dishwasher can clean dishes, pots, pans, and other items in an effective, eco-friendly manner.

Possible Replacement

If you are living in a newer home, your dishwasher is most likely a newer, energy efficient model. Unfortunately, if you are living in an older home, your dishwasher could be wasting a large amount of water and energy.

If your dishwasher was built before 1994, it may be wasting 10 or more gallons of water during each cycle. Replacing your older dishwasher with a modern, Energy Star certified unit is smart. Not only will you reduce the amount of water and energy used with each cycle, but many of these modern dishwashers offer the following unique features:

  • Specialty Racks – Newer model dishwashers are often equipped with specialty racks. Designed to place wine glasses, pot lids, and utensils, these racks ensure an effective, efficient cleaning.
  • Jet Sprays – Newer dishwashers also come equipped with jetted sprays, which target items for a more detailed washing and rinsing.
  • Sensors – If possible, choose a new dishwasher that offers soil or residue sensors. These will determine if soil, dirt, and food residue is still present on your dishes. If residue is sensed, the cycle will continue washing to remove leftover grime from the items. If no residue is detected, the cycle will end, reducing water and energy waste.

Replacing your old dishwasher may seem like a large expense, but the water and energy savings you will see with an efficient model will offer you a large return on your investment.

Proper Pretreating

Many manufacturers will claim their dishwashers are capable of removing the most stubborn grime. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. No matter what make and model of dishwasher you purchase, scraping is essential to a successful wash cycle.

Be sure to scrape all plates and bowls into the garbage disposal or trash can before rinsing them under the sink faucet. Use a scouring sponge or brush to scrub off stubborn residue.

Scraping items before the dishwasher cycle will reduce the amount of water and energy necessary for removing light food particles and caked-on grime.

Proper Loading

Your first inclination after seeing a sink full of dishes may be to cram every single item into the dishwasher and walk away. While this may seem like the easiest way to get the dishes clean, you will probably need to rewash the majority since the dishwasher cannot properly clean each inch of the items.

After scraping off items, spend some time organizing the items that need to be washed to avoid any rewashing. Here are a few tips to help you properly load your dishwasher:

  • Face the Sprayers – Be sure the used sides of your plates and bowls face the sprayers of your dishwasher. Rest all pots and pans at an angle, facing them down towards the sprayer nozzles.
  • Large and Flat on Sides – Place larger flat plates and platters in between the racks on the sides or the back of your dishwasher to ensure the spray reaches them.
  • Glasses, Cups, and Bowls – Arrange glasses, cups, and small bowls on the top rack of your dishwasher. Be sure to place them down into the tines, which allows the sprayers to rinse the interior of these items without problems.
  • Utensils in Basket – Forks, knives, and spoons should always rest lightly in the utensil basket of your dishwasher. Do not cram the basket with utensils.

Your dishwasher is an important part of your home's function and value, so ensuring it is in good working condition is beneficial. Using these tips, your dishwasher will work in an effective, eco-friendly manner. For more tips or to have your dishwasher inspected or repaired, contact a company like Appliance Service Co Inc.