How to use your dishwasher efficiently: 5 tips!

Dish washers
Updated on 05 Aug 2023

If you are the proud owner of a brand new dishwasher and would like to start using it, please read this blog carefully first. Because it is good to know that you can use your dishwasher in different ways. In this blog I will tell you how I use my dishwasher as efficiently as possible and give you some tips to do the same.

By the way, before we begin, it’s worth noting that it’s increasingly advantageous to turn on a dishwasher during off-peak hours. That’s because more and more people have solar panels, and when the sun is shining, a kWh costs just about nothing. So buy a dishwasher where you can set the time when it turns on.

Does yours come with an eco program?

Did you know that on many new and modern dishwashers there is a button that allows you to activate the so-called eco program? I recommend that you use this option the most. The dishwasher gets less hot and thus uses less energy. The dishes still get just as clean because the appliance leaves the suds on longer. You’ll save somewhere between 25% and 30% compared to the standard features. Of course, for dirtier dishes, you can choose a different function.

Always put the dishwasher completely full

In all the years I have been using a dishwasher now, I have taught myself to always turn on a full tray. I always wait until my entire dishwasher is full of dirty cups, bowls and plates. Sometimes I wash pans by hand so there is more room in the machine to wash the small items. The more that fits in the dishwasher, the more efficient it is in terms of energy.

Especially don’t pre-rinse your dishes

It is still a habit, especially among the older generation, to pre-rinse dishes and “get the worst of it off.” Above all, don’t do that. After all, you use about 20 percent more energy by pre-rinsing dishes with hot water. What you can do is wipe off food scraps in the trash and if there are really pans with caked on bottoms, for example, you can pre-soak them with plain cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.

Always turn off your dishwasher

Many old dishwashers, as well as some new versions, have a standby button. When your dishwasher finishes washing your dishes, it jumps to standby. I recommend that with those models you always turn off the appliance right away. Of course, this won’t result in significant differences in your electricity bill, but it’s still a drop in the bucket.

The cleaner, the more economical

A clean dishwasher is the last key I will mention here for how to save energy on your dishes. An eco-program will only really work if the appliance is kept clean. It is good to keep the rubbers, nozzles and filters clean and wiped regularly. It is also good to turn on the self-cleaning program once every two months.

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