Detergent maker Cascade recently revealed something you probably already know: 42 percent of us reload dishwashers because we don’t like the way someone else loaded it. That’s right, nearly half of us firmly believe we follow correct loading procedures – and not only does the other half “throw dishes in willy-nilly,” we’re sure they don’t care enough to do it right.
Pitched battles certainly can erupt around this familiar appliance. Happily for half of us, there are recommended loading practices that yield cleaner dishes, and bad ones to avoid because they leave dirty spots. These vindicated readers can triumphantly post this blog on the refrigerator for “I told you so” opportunities. The other half can exclaim, “I don’t believe it!” or “I don’t care!” But experts swear these methods boost the sparkle factor:
Once the dishwasher is properly loaded, tuck a tablet or pod into it – studies show these types scrub better than powder or liquid, with fewer water spots, discoloration or film – and start the cycle. Get ready for cleaner dishes and exclamations during unloading: “Hey, who put flip flops in here?”