Do you use too much dishwasher soap?
“Nobody thinks they use too much soap,” said Vernon Schmidt, who has been a repairman for almost 35 years and is the author of a self-published book, Appliance Handbook for Women: Simple Enough Even a Man Can Understand. But apparently most of us are in denial.Washing machines and dishwashers are made to use far less water now than older models and, therefore, need less soap. And detergents have also become increasingly concentrated. So a little goes a long way.“Most people use 10 to 15 times the amount of soap they need, and they’re pouring money down the drain,” Mr. Schmidt said.
- Put larger items to the outsides of the washer so they don’t block water from getting to everything.
- Face the dirty side of the dishes towards the inside of the machine.
- Mix utensils up to keep them from sticking together.
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