Directions for Use
Load Dishes Properly: Load dishes according to the directions in your dishwasher’s manual. It is important to ensure that the dirty sides of the dishes face the spray. Load your flatware according to the dishwasher’s instructions and make sure spoons are not nested to allow full water circulation. Place all of your glasses, cups and bowls upside down and do not allow larger items to shield small items. Make certain that breakable items are firmly supported by the rack so they do not topple or bang into each other.
Separate Your Silverware: Avoid damage by separating stainless steel from silver flatware. Direct contact between these metals in the dishwasher can cause permanent damage to silver. Position the flatware basket as far away from the dispenser cups as possible and do not spill detergent directly onto any flatware.
Add Detergent: Always follow your dishwasher’s user guide for directions on how much detergent to add and how to properly fill the dispensing cups. For best results, make sure the dispenser cups are dry before adding any detergent and do not add detergent until you are just about to run your dishwasher cycle. If you have hard water, a very large load, or heavily soiled dishes, you will typically need to use more detergent. If you have very soft water, a light wash load, or lightly soiled dishes, you will typically need to use less detergent.
Check Your Water Temperature: All other factors aside, hot water is essential for best dishwashing and drying results. The water entering the dishwasher must be at least 120° F for satisfactory results. Performance will be improved further at 140° F, but do not exceed 160° F. if your dishwasher does not have an internal heating element, turn on the faucet nearest the dishwasher to flush cool water fro the pipes just prior to starting a dishwasher cycle.
Do you know...
...about water hardness?
Water hardness plays a big role in spotting and filming, and may vary from season to season. To compensate for hard water, you may have to use more detergent to improve cleaning results. It is also helpful to use the heat dry option on your dishwasher. If you prefer to skip the heat dry cycle, you can try using a rinse aid instead.
Before using this product, always read and follow your dishwasher manufacturer’s use instructions and make sure items are dishwasher safe.
Pre-rinsing dishes and glassware should not be necessary, but scraping off large food particles before loading your dishes will improve your results. Only extra heavily soiled cookware may need a rinse, soak or pre-wash.
Measure and add detergent using the dishwasher’s dispenser cups, as outlined in your user guide. Never sprinkle or pour detergent on flatware or other metal items, as this may result in spotting or irreversible pitting.
It is important to know the water hardness of your tap water in order to help determine how much detergent is appropriate to use. If your water is very soft, you may be able to use as little as half as much detergent than for the same soil and size of load washed in very hard water. This is because in soft water the detergent does not have to work as hard to bind hard water minerals.
If you use too much detergent in soft water conditions, it may result in filming or etching of your glassware, which may be irreversible. To reduce the possibility of filming or etching, always use the minimum amount of detergent possible for the size and soil of your wash load.
If you use too little detergent in hard water conditions, it may result in an increased amount of spotting, filming or poor cleaning. Increase the amount of detergent you use and if spotting still occurs, either use a rinse aid (such as vinegar) or opt to use the heat dry setting on your dishwasher.
If you opt to use vinegar as a rinse aid, do not use vinegar with any metals items, as the metal surfaces may be damaged.
Do not operate the dishwasher during or just after other use of hot water in your home (such as after laundry or bathing), especially if your dishwasher is not equipped with an internal heating element to heat the water.
Always close the pour spout after use and store your powdered automatic dishwasher detergent in its original box in a cool, dry place. Although it is convenient to store such items under your kitchen sink, it is too moist and warm for storage of powdered dishwasher detergents and caking may result. Do not use detergent that has caked, as its effectiveness can be greatly reduced once it has absorbed too much moisture.
It is important to keep the inside of your dishwasher clean to maintain good cleaning results. A dirty trap or clogged spray arms will increase the chance of poor cleaning results. Follow any care and cleaning instructions that are included in your dishwasher’s user guide.
Do you know...
...about water temperature?
The temperature of your water in the dishwasher should be a minimum of 120° F for optimum results. Reduced water temperature can hinder the removal of greasy and oily soils, and can increase the likelihood and severity of spotting and filming on dishes.
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