Believe it or not, using your dishwasher is a greener choice than hand washing your dishes.
Getting dishes clean in the sink can use up to 27 gallons of water per load. An Energy Star certified dishwasher can use as little as 3 gallons per load (around 11 litres), according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. In fact, an Energy Star certified dishwasher can save almost 5,000 gallons of water per year. Just remember to run full loads to make it count!
Ready to learn how to make the most of your dishwasher? Read on to learn how to make sure every load is sparkling clean!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DETERGENT
The first step towards your cleanest dishes is choosing the right detergent! Dropps Dishwasher Detergent pods are specially formulated to power away 24-hour stuck-on food without rinse aids, extra chambers, phosphates, or dyes. No pre-wash needed! The gentle scrub eliminates caked on residue, and protects glasses from etching, cloudiness, and streaks. Want proof that Dropps Pods are a winner? All our products undergo independent third-party testing before launch to ensure they perform as well as (and in many cases better than) leading comparable brands. Here's how Dropps dishwasher detergent pods stack up against the leading brand in independent third-party testing.
This study measured the performance of dishwashing detergent in terms of the buildup of spots and film on glassware and soil removal. Spotting and filming ratings are rated from 1-5, with one being the best. Dropps has been proven to be just as effective as the leading industry competitor—but without toxic chemicals, added colors, and single-use plastic packaging. 🎉
LOAD IT UP!
You may think you know how to load a dishwasher, but here are a few tips to make sure your dishwasher can do its best work!
• Always face dishes inwards towards the center of your machine.
• Put larger, bulky items like pots and baking sheets on the sides or in the back, paying special attention to the path of the sprayer and the location of your dishwasher’s detergent chamber.
• Glasses and heat-sensitive plastics should go in the top rack.
• Avoid water spots by placing glasses between tines, not over them.
• For super clean utensils, try alternating the way you place silverware into the utensil basket! Place some head-first and others feet-first to avoid accidental nesting during the wash cycle.
PRO TIP: Did you know that prewashing your dishes can actually make them look dirtier after a cycle in the dishwasher? Dishwashing detergent attacks food particles, so when there isn’t enough in those “dirty” dishes, the detergent ends up scrubbing away at your clean glasses, making them cloudy. It’s okay to rinse big chunks of food off your dishes before loading up the dishwasher—but for your dishes to really shine, leave a little behind.
KEEPING YOUR DISHWASHER CLEAN
Did you know that the machines that do the cleaning need to be cleaned too? That’s right, even your dishwasher needs some TLC every once in a while. Not sure how to clean your dishwasher? Try these three easy steps!
1. Clear The Drain!
Is your dishwasher not properly draining after the end of the wash cycle? It could be because food debris and grime is stuck in the drain. Remove the bottom rack of the dishwasher to reveal the drain. Remove any food and grime left behind with a wet Swedish Dishcloth.
2. Run a Cycle with Vinegar
Place a cup full of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup on the top rack and run a hot-water cycle. The white vinegar and hot-water will rinse away any grease and grime, plus get rid of musty odors.
3. Run a Cycle with Vinegar
After the dishwasher cycle is complete, let the machine completely dry. Then coat the bottom of the dishwasher with one cup of baking soda. Use a short, hot-water cycle. The baking soda will take care of any remaining stains inside the dishwasher as well as add a fresh scent.
Repeat once a month, or whenever your dishwasher needs a bit of pampering!