dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14218/all en-US This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000048739104_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ain't it the truth that appliances have a funny way of breaking at the worst possible times?</p> <p>Your refrigerator stops running as soon as you fill it with a couple weeks' worth of groceries, or your central air conditioning bites the big one during a heat wave in July. All is not always lost, however. In many cases, the appliance can be fixed. For a couple hundred bucks you might be able to squeeze a few extra years out of it.</p> <p>Alas, nothing lasts forever &ndash; and knowing the life expectancy of home appliances gives you an idea of when you should start saving for a replacement. Let's break down a few of the big ones.&nbsp;</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-appliances-at-any-time-of-year?ref=seealso">How to Save Money on Appliances Any Time of the Year</a></p> <h2>1. Refrigerator</h2> <p>Your refrigerator might be the most expensive appliance in your kitchen. You can spend under $1,000 for a refrigerator on the low end, or up to several thousands of dollars if you get a fancy model with all the bells and whistles.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-fridge-last-almost-forever-with-these-8-tips?ref=seealso">Make Your Fridge Last (Almost) Forever with These 8 Tips</a></p> <p>If you paid a pretty penny for your fridge, naturally you'll want to squeeze as much life out of this appliance as possible. Typically, refrigerators have a lifespan up to 15 years, according to Angie's List, a consumer rating service. Start looking for a replacement if your model is nearing (or already passed) the 15-year mark. This way, you avoid the refrigerator dying unexpectedly. And since refrigerators use a lot of energy, buying a more energy efficient model can save you money over time.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators?ref=seealso">Best 5 Refrigerators</a></p> <p>To test the efficiency of your fridge, put <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00875TVYQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00875TVYQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WDXR5PFI7MOVOEYM">a thermometer</a> inside and close the door for about five minutes. If the temperature inside the fridge is higher than 45 degrees after five minutes, the fridge could be on its last leg.</p> <h2>2. Stove/Oven</h2> <p>Don't wait until your stove burners or oven stops working to think about buying a new stove. On average, you can get between 10 and 15 years out of a range/oven. Common problems with this appliance involve igniter failure and problems with the control board or bake element.</p> <h2>3. Dishwasher</h2> <p>If you have running sink water and dish soap, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">replacing your dishwasher</a> might not be an urgent need. On the other hand, you probably can't imagine going a day without a dishwasher if you absolutely hate washing dishes by hand. (Like I do; totally makes me gag.)</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks?ref=seealso">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></p> <p>To avoid any surprises, expect to replace your dishwasher every eight to 10 years. The good news, however, is that dishwashers are relatively inexpensive. You can find models starting around $400. Start shopping around if you hear loud, banging noise coming from the dishwasher, or if the dishwasher no longer cleans your dishes despite maintenance. Don't discount, though, that you may be able to fix some issues yourself &mdash; like I did when my dishwasher wouldn't spray water &mdash; when I looked up a DIY tutorial on YouTube. Huge time and money saver. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers?ref=seealso">Best 5 Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Washer and Dryer</h2> <p>With your packed schedule, you don't have time to plan weekly visits to the laundromat. It's time-consuming and inconvenient, and it's a good idea to replace your washer or dryer before it stops working.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-washing-machines?ref=seealso">Best 5 Washing Machines</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dryers?ref=seealso">5 Best Dryers</a></p> <p>According to Angie's List, both appliances have an average lifespan of eight to 12 years. You can extend the life of your dryer by regularly cleaning your lint trap. Additionally, clean your washer and dryer hoses, heating element, and dryer ducts at least once a year. Properly maintaining your dryer not only extends its life, it also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdNTcChFkBY">reduces the chance of a dryer fire</a>. This can happen when lint accumulates on the heating element or in the ducts.</p> <h2>5. Hot Water Heater</h2> <p>You should be able to get about seven to 10 years out of a <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/household-appliances-repair-replace-163855148.html">hot water heater</a>. To get the most use, drain about a quarter of water from the tank every three months. This little trick helps remove sediment from the tank, which forms from minerals in the water. Removing sediment allows water in the tank to heat up faster, making the tank more efficient.</p> <h2>6. HVAC System</h2> <p>Your air-conditioning and heating system is responsible for maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. It uses a lot of energy and it might work around the clock depending on the season &ndash; so naturally, you shouldn't expect the system to last the lifetime of the home. On average, you should replace an HVAC system every 15 to 20 years. You can extend the lifespan of your system with preventive maintenance. Getting your unit professionally serviced at least once a year helps identify problems early and keeps the unit working at its best.</p> <p>To help reduce some of the cost with maintaining an HVAC system (and other appliances in your home), consider a home warranty. A warranty protects your pocket against unexpected repairs. For a flat service call fee, the warranty company will repair a covered item, or replace it if unable to fix due to normal wear and tear.</p> <p><em>Have you had to replace appliances? Was it unexpected, or did you do it preemptively? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-our-61-best-home-improvement-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Our 61 Best Home Improvement Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators">The 5 Best Refrigerators</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living appliances dishwasher home household appliance refrigerator Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:00:48 +0000 Mikey Rox 1586537 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Cook Dinner in Your Dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-cook-dinner-in-your-dishwasher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-cook-dinner-in-your-dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_dishwasher_000072890755.jpg" alt="Woman learning to cook dinner in her dishwasher" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on a way to cook food in your dishwasher, dorm décor ideas for students, and how to be a thrifty cat owner.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Cook-Dishwasher-35504136">Yes, You Can Cook Dinner in the Dishwasher</a> &mdash; Learn how to make wine-poached shrimp and other tasty foods in your dishwasher! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/slideshows/diy-dorm-decor-ideas/">13 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas for Budget-Savvy&nbsp;Students</a> &mdash; Use washi tape to frame artwork, postcards, and photos on your wall. [Smart Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-much-does-a-cat-cost/">How Much Does a Cat Cost? 6 Ways This Thrifty Cat Lady Saves Money</a> &mdash; Forget about expensive toys. Cats love chasing random objects and exploring empty boxes! [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/0915/25-restaurant-chains-graded-on-antibiotic-use-in-meat-supply.-20-fail">25 restaurant chains graded on antibiotic use in meat supply. 20 fail.</a> &mdash; Many popular chains have no plans to curb antibiotics in their meat supply. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/six-habits-that-can-land-you-deep-in-debt/">Six Habits That Can Land You Deep in Debt</a> &mdash; Going without an emergency fund means you may need to rely on credit if a surprise expense comes up. If you can't pay it back right away, you'll be in debt for the foreseeable future. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/09/14/the-secret-to-making-extra-money-with-ebay/">The secret to making extra money with eBay</a> &mdash; Expect to spend a little money when you first sell through eBay, but you can minimize the cost by reselling items you already have in your home. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://jamesclear.com/common-mental-errors">5 Common Mental Errors That Sway You From Making Good Decisions</a> &mdash; Sometimes, we make silly decisions just to avoid losing what we have &mdash; or what we think we have. [James Clear]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/helping-your-parents-downsize-in-retirement/">Helping Your Parents Downsize in Retirement</a> &mdash; Downsizing in retirement allows your parents to free up capital, lower their monthly payment and upkeep costs, and boost their savings. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/09/14/is-keeping-your-grocery-budget-low-a-bad-idea.html">Is Keeping Your Grocery Budget Low a Bad Idea?</a> &mdash; Allowing yourself to spend more on quality food could mean better health in the long run. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-ways-to-teach-children-peace-and-kindness">9 Ways to Teach Children Peace and Kindness</a> &mdash; September 21st is the International Day of Peace! Use this opportunity to teach your kids how to respond to bullies. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-cook-dinner-in-your-dishwasher">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Cooking dishwasher Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:00:25 +0000 Amy Lu 1560350 at http://www.wisebread.com Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here's How to Fix It http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smelly_dishwasher_000040458114.jpg" alt="Woman loading smelly dishwasher and learning how to fix it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Reeking dishwashers are the worst. Trust me &mdash; I lived in a small apartment with one that emanated a disgusting smell for months. When it gets bad enough, you feel embarrassed to have people over and you don't even want to be there yourself.</p> <p>Fortunately, you don't have to live with a smelly dishwasher. The steps below cured the awful washer in our rental, and they can help yours, too.</p> <h2>Practice Good Dishwasher Hygiene</h2> <p>Sure, everyone knows how to run a dishwasher, but not everyone knows how to do so in such a way that odors are prevented. If your dishwasher keeps developing an odor despite your ongoing attempts to clean it, you may need to change the way you do dishes.</p> <p>Rinse large food particles off your dishes before you put them in the washer. This prevents them from building up in the food trap. Empty your dishwasher as soon as you can after it runs. This makes sure that your dishwasher isn't sitting there with a bunch of hot air inside, which can cause musty, mildewy smells. And make sure the dishwasher gets a chance to dry after every cycle. Leave it open just a crack to let fresh air in.</p> <p>If you have the option, think about running your dishwasher on a setting that allows the dishwasher to blow air in order to partially dry the dishes. This usually costs more in electric bills, but having air flow through the washer can reduce odors quite a bit.</p> <h2>Clean the Food Trap</h2> <p>Most dishwashers have a small area where large particles of food that get washed off your dishes are stored. This keeps them from clogging the dishwasher or even the drain. If they sit in there too long, though, they can get nasty and produce a terrible smell.</p> <p>The food trap will be in a slightly different place in each dishwasher. Usually, they're in a small area on the bottom. Take out your lower washer rack and it's often easy to find. Using a cloth or a pair of rubber gloves to keep you hands out of the muck, scrape it as clean as you can. You may want to use some dishwasher cleaner afterwards, just to make sure it's fresh and sanitized.</p> <h2>Run Various Cleaning Cleansers Through Your Dishwasher</h2> <p>There are several different things that, when ran through your washer alone, can help fix odor problems. You can try a specially formulated dishwasher cleaning solution, vinegar, baking soda, or citric acid (you can even use powdered lemonade if you can't find the acid itself or you don't want to mess with it).</p> <p>If your substance is a powder, put it in like you would normally put in detergent. If it is a liquid, pour &frac14; cup in the bottom of your dishwasher. Then turn it on and run a normal cycle. You may have to do this several times (possibly with several different substances), before you figure out what works for you, but these are all very helpful for odor reduction. In fact, once you've figured out what is best in your dishwasher, run it through once every month or so to keep the odors away for good.</p> <h2>Check Your Air Gap</h2> <p>Depending on where you live, you may or may not have an air gap for your dishwasher (different building codes have different requirements). And air gap sets up the dishwasher so that any overflows will flow into your sink. This keeps waste from your kitchen sink from backing up into your dishwasher, which can cause some really horrible smells.</p> <p>You can search online for information about checking for and installing an air gap, or you can call your local plumber. It's usually not very hard to do on your own, but it does require some confidence in dealing with plumbing problems and fixtures. If you do need to call a plumber, it will be well worth your time and money when that odor disappears.</p> <p>You may want to combine the above techniques &mdash; and, in fact, I highly suggest doing so &mdash; to find a dishwasher deodorizing solution that works for you. You can change your dishwasher hygiene, clean your food trap, and run a cleaning substance through the washer without having to put in much effort. Then, if that doesn't work, you can ponder calling a plumber (or trying to get your landlord to do it!).</p> <p><em>Have you dealt with a particularly smelly dishwasher? How did you fix the problem?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher">Almost 40 Everyday Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips bad smells cleaning dishwasher home maintenance Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:00:22 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1400620 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-things-you-can-clean-in-your-dishwasher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-surprising-things-you-can-clean-in-your-dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dishwasher-482767227.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on surprising things you can clean in your dishwasher, traveling on a budget, and affordable luxury bedrooms.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cleaning-Dishwasher-34836542">30 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher</a> &mdash; Did you know you can clean hair ties and sponges in your dishwasher? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/5-tips-for-traveling-on-a-budget/">5 Tips for Traveling on a Budget</a> &mdash; If you want to travel on a budget, plan way ahead of time and travel in a group. [Cash the Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/04/04may31c.cfm?slider">An Affordable Luxury Bedroom</a> &mdash; To make your bedroom more luxurious, sew curtains from sheets. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-on-anything/">7 Creative Ways Your Business Can Save Money This Week</a> &mdash; Enable your business to save money this week by going green and repurposing. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/when-is-it-worth-buying-new-instead-of-used/">When Is It Worth Buying New Instead of Used?</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to buy new instead of used if you don't know how long the previous owner has had the item you are purchasing. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysavingdude.com/how-to-earn-money-online-without-investment/">5 Ways How To Earn Money Online Without Any Investment</a> &mdash; Selling your stuff online or answering surveys are just a couple great ways to earn money online without making an investment. [Money Saving Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/eleven-tactics-from-the-meal-assembly-line/">Eleven Tactics from the Meal Assembly Line</a> &mdash; If you plan on freezing pasta, slightly undercook it. It will cook a bit more when you microwave it. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/frugal-tips-first-time-campers/">Frugal tips for first-time campers</a> &mdash; First-time campers should remember to plan out sleeping arrangements and have survival tools. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/home-business-success/">5 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Home Business Success</a> &mdash; Making sure your family is on board can increase your chances of home business success. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-tips-to-survive-your-childs-birthday-party">11 Tips to Survive Your Child's Birthday Party</a> &mdash; Watching your workload and asking for help can help you survive your child's birthday party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-things-you-can-clean-in-your-dishwasher">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-household-products-new-use-clever-cleaning-tips-from-the-motherland">Give Household Products New Use: Clever Cleaning Tips From the Motherland</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff">15 Things You Can Do With a Credit Card Besides Buy Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-negotiation-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-deal">10 Negotiation Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips clean dishwasher surprising Tue, 27 May 2014 09:00:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1140737 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dishwasher-200283593-001.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bringing home a new dishwasher is a major commitment. When you spend that much money on an appliance, you hope it will last and last. While there are no guarantees that you didn&#39;t somehow buy a lemon, there are things you can do to make your new dishwasher last much, much longer than its expected life (usually about 15 years). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers?ref=seealso">5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Check Your Filter Regularly</h2> <p>Some new dishwashers have self-cleaning filters, but that&#39;s an expensive feature that doesn&#39;t always work as well as you&#39;d expect. If you don&#39;t have this feature on your dishwasher or don&#39;t want to rely on it, simply clean out the filter manually. The amount of cleaning yours needs may vary &mdash; some manuals say to clean every load, some say once a week, and others once a month. Follow the instructions in your manual. Cleaning the filter allows you to remove large pieces of debris that would otherwise be trapped in your washer and impede its functioning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher?ref=seealso">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a>)</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> If you no longer have your manual, Google the make and model of your dishwasher. Many manufacturers have their manuals posted online for easy access.</p> <h2>2. Clean the Sprayer Arms</h2> <p>Depending on your model of washer, you may have one sprayer arm or two in your dishwasher. The little holes in these can get filled with debris particles, hard water deposits, and other gunk. Usually, you can remove the arm and wash it in your sink with warm, soapy water. However, you will want to follow the specific directions in your manual to make sure you don&#39;t do more harm than good. Do this somewhere between once a week and once a month to ensure optimal spraying and a long life for these arms.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> You can also soak this arm with diluted vinegar, which will help remove any stubborn hard water deposits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-vinegar?ref=seealso">Weird and Wonderful Ways to Use Vinegar</a>)</p> <h2>3. Use Water at the Correct Temperature</h2> <p>To ensure that your dishwasher operates well without melting or burning any of the components, make sure that your hot water heater is set at the optimal temperature as listed in your manual. Even if your water isn&#39;t hot enough to hurt any parts during one cycle, repeated exposure to water that is too hot can cause damage over time. Since these are not always the &quot;typical&quot; parts that break, replacing them can be quite expensive.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> If you aren&#39;t sure how to change the temp settings on your hot water heater, look that up in its manual. Again, you can usually find the manual online if you don&#39;t have it anymore.</p> <h2>4. Manage Rust</h2> <p>If you have metal parts in your dishwasher, check to make sure that they are not rusting. While most dishwashers use stainless steel for any parts that have regular contact with water, some older models do not. And even stainless steel can be damaged under certain conditions. If you notice any rust or other metal damage, replace the parts immediately. Rust and/or metal pieces can clog your pump, which is usually a costly repair.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> Sometimes you can repair your dishwasher racks with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AAAZ1I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AAAZ1I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">repair kit</a>. Other times, you may need to buy brand new racks to get rid of the problem.</p> <h2>5. Only Wash Dishes</h2> <p>While there are different sites online that advocate using your dishwasher to wash everything from keyboards to vegetables, doing this can harm your dishwasher. Some of these items have pieces that can break off under the force of water in the washer, and these can cause clogs and other damage. Since washing things that aren&#39;t dishes usually voids the warranty, you&#39;ll be out of luck and have to pay for repairs yourself.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> Other items, like keyboards and trash can lids, can contain germs that <a href="http://homeguides.sfgate.com/dishwashers-sterilize-84323.html">won&#39;t necessarily be destroyed</a> by your dishwasher. Since you don&#39;t want these on your dishes, don&#39;t put these in your dishwasher in the first place! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dirty-little-secrets-shocking-germ-hotspots-you-touch-every-day?ref=seealso">Shocking Germ Hotspots You Touch Every Day</a>)</p> <h2>6. Run Cleansing Cycles</h2> <p>If you do nothing else for your dishwasher, run cleansing cycles at least once a month. You can use special dishwasher cleaner for this, or simply put a packet of lemon Kool-Aid (or other lemonade mix) where you would usually put detergent (some say to make sure it is sugar-free). The mix contains citric acid, which will help dissolve any clogs and/or mineral deposits that have built up in the washer.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong> Lemon Kool-Aid also makes your dishwasher smell lemony fresh!</p> <p><em>Good luck, and may your dishes be ever sparkling! And if you have any other dishwasher tips for us and our readers, leave them in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-green-living-habits-thatll-save-you-every-month">12 Green Living Habits That&#039;ll Save You Every Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here&#039;s How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home appliance maintenance appliances dishwasher home maintenance Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:36:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1111195 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Dishwashing Detergents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashing-detergents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-dishwashing-detergents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dishwasher-104443923.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Doing the dishes is enough of a chore without having to worry about water spots or stubborn, stuck on food. Dishwashing detergents are not all created equal, and with everyone from organic grocers to dollar stores selling different brands and types of detergents, there are a lot of options to choose from. Recent state laws banning phosphates in detergents have forced companies to change their ingredients, sometimes creating less than optimal results. We here at Wise Bread have taken the guesswork out of doing the dishes, by picking the top five best dishwashing detergents out there.</p> <h2>What Is Dishwashing Detergent?</h2> <p>Dishwashing detergent is a cleaning agent that is used to wash and clean dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and any other kitchenware used for cooking and eating. It also has a number of other possible uses including killing weeds, repelling bugs, and shampooing hair, but its primary function is for scrubbing kitchenware. Dishwashing detergents typically contain a combination of chemicals, water, and scents.</p> <h2>Best 5 Dishwashing Detergents</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SB95ZK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002SB95ZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="opacity: 0.9; width: 280px; height: 280px; float: right;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dishdet-cascade.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>Cascade Complete</h3> <p>This dishwashing detergent is consistently ranked best among websites in the know. Both Consumer Reports and Real Simple ranked <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SB95ZK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002SB95ZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Cascade Complete</a> as their number one. This detergent seemingly makes pre-washing dishes totally unnecessary, with one reviewer claiming that it managed to totally clean dishes caked in old lasagna and dried-on oatmeal.</p> <p>According to Consumer Reports, Cascade Complete will not leave a film or residue on dishes, and it also resists water spots, even when dishes are washed in hard water. It comes in powder form as well as gel packs, with both options offering optimum cleaning power. The gel packs are extremely convenient to use and have the added bonus of there being no messy spills to clean up.</p> <p>Cascade Complete is phosphate free, but does contain bleach and enzymes. Available scents include Fresh, Citrus Breeze, and Lemon Burst.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SB95ZK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002SB95ZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $10.97 for 48-count pack on Amazon.</a></em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0BV06/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004S0BV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="opacity: 0.9; width: 280px; height: 280px; float: right;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dishdet-finish.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>Finish Quantum</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0BV06/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004S0BV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Finish Quantum</a> dishwashing detergent uses a special three-chamber technology to get dishes extremely clean. First, the microbeads activate to soften caked-on or burnt-on food. This makes pre-washing unnecessary. Next, bleach particles help to get rid of stains like coffee or tea. Finally, there is a rinse agent, which leaves dishes sparkling and shiny and helps resist film and water spots. Reviewers claim that Finish Quantum gets rid of even baked on cheese and dried oatmeal.</p> <p>One advantage of this detergent is that there is no extra packaging and individual wrappers for each packet. This makes it easy to simply pop the packets out of the box and into the dishwasher. A possible downside to Finish Quantum seems to be that reviewers feel it doesn't work as well in hard water as the Cascade Complete.</p> <p>Finish Quantum contains bleach and enzymes, and available varieties include Original, Lemon Sparkle and Baking Soda.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0BV06/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004S0BV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $9.97 for 45-count pack on Amazon.</a></em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002U643UK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002U643UK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="opacity: 0.9; width: 280px; height: 280px; float: right;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dishdet-method.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>Method Smarty Dish Tablets</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002U643UK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002U643UK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Method Smarty Dish Tablets</a> are one of the best eco-friendly, green detergents on the market. The tablets contain no phosphates, bleach, or chlorine. Every ingredient is listed on Method's website. Additionally, the minimal packaging helps reduce waste and trash, making it even better for the environment.</p> <p>A downside to this green detergent seems to be that, when used in hard water, it leaves a filmy residue. One reviewer suggested using a rinse agent with to solve that problem, with another reviewer claiming that simply leaving a bowl of white vinegar in the dishwasher leaves dishes sparkling and residue free. Another issue with this detergent is that, as with many eco-friendly products, these are slightly more expensive than the other detergent varieties.</p> <p>Method Smarty Dish Tablets come in scented Pink Grapefruit, or the unscented, perfume- and dye-free option, Go Naked.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002U643UK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002U643UK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $8.58 for 20-count pack on Amazon.</a></em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V808ZA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003V808ZA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="opacity: 0.9; width: 280px; height: 280px; float: right;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dishdet-seventh.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>Seventh Generation Auto Dish Pacs</h3> <p>Another eco-friendly detergent option is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V808ZA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003V808ZA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Seventh Generation Auto Dish Pacs</a>. Seventh Generation produces a slew of all natural household and personal care products, and they clearly know what they're doing. This detergent is dye free and contains no phosphates, chlorine, or synthetic fragrances. The outer pouch that the tabs come in is also biodegradable, showing this company's dedication to being green.</p> <p>As far as cleaning capability goes, most reviewers are extremely positive. It apparently cleans with little to no pre-washing, and leaves no film or water spots, even in hard water. One reviewer claimed that there was no smell on the dishes after washing like there is with other detergents. The only downside seems to be that it is slightly harder to find than other brands, especially at local grocery stores.</p> <p>Seventh Generation Auto Dish Pacs come in Free &amp; Clear or lemon scent.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V808ZA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003V808ZA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $8.99 for 45-count pack on Amazon.</a></em></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQVB8PI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQVB8PI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="opacity: 0.9; width: 280px; height: 280px; float: right;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dishdet-mrsmeyers.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>Mrs. Meyer's Automatic Dish Packs</h3> <p>The biggest selling point to this environmentally friendly detergent seems to be the variety of great smelling options. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQVB8PI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQVB8PI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Mrs. Meyer's Automatic Dish Packs</a> contain no phosphates or chlorine, and are infused with essential oils that offer scents many other detergents do not.</p> <p>Reviewers claim that Mrs. Meyer's leaves dishes clean and sparkling and is great at getting off food particles with no pre-rinsing. It is less harsh than many of the other options on the market, and it uses an oxygen bleach formula to get dishes clean. Like Seventh Generation, this detergent may be more difficult to find, especially in smaller stores with fewer options.</p> <p>Mrs. Meyer's Automatic Dish Packs come in Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, and Geranium scents.</p> <p><em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQVB8PI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQVB8PI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $7.14 for 20-count pack on Amazon.</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gina-ippolito">Gina Ippolito</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashing-detergents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-wine-openers">The 5 Best Wine Openers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Buying Guides detergent dishwasher household cleaners product reviews Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:48:03 +0000 Gina Ippolito 1096696 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Dishwashers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-dishwashers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dishwasher-975801-small.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been following along with our product review articles, then you know we've been supplying you with myriad cooking appliances, which has inevitably riddled your kitchen with dirty dishes. But while most homes come with a dishwasher that can competently handle your cleaning loads, newer dishwashers meet more rigorous efficiency standards, which translate to greater <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-water">savings in energy and water</a> for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a>)</p> <h2>What Is a Dishwasher?</h2> <p>A dishwasher cleans dirty dishes by spraying them with hot water, followed by a cleaning mixture composed of water and detergent. After a rinsing cycle, a heating element heats the air inside the dishwasher to dry out the clean dishes. Most tests agree that price does not typically reflect cleaning performance; even budget dishwashers do a great job of cleaning your dishes. Instead, increased price buys you quieter operation and additional bells and whistles.</p> <h2>Best 5 Dishwashers</h2> <h3>Kenmore Elite 12783</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11054902?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.searsoutlet.com%2Fd%2Fproduct_details.jsp%3Fpid%3D111125%26mode%3DbuyUsedOnly&amp;cjsku=12783"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/KenmoreElite12783.jpg" /></a>According to Consumer Reports, this Kenmore Elite conventional dishwasher offers exceptional washing performance coupled with fantastic energy and water efficiency ratings.</p> <p>This Kenmore model is also one of the quietest models tested by Consumer Reports. Additional features include a stainless steel tub, turbo cycle, and soil sensor. The upper rack is also adjustable, giving you more flexibility when loading your machine.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11054902?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.searsoutlet.com%2Fd%2Fproduct_details.jsp%3Fpid%3D111125%26mode%3DbuyUsedOnly&amp;cjsku=12783">Click here to buy now</a></strong></p> <h3>Maytag JetClean Plus MDB8959AWW</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11054902?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.searsoutlet.com%2Fd%2Fproduct_details.jsp%3Fpid%3D29739%26mode%3DbuyUsedOnly&amp;cjsku=MDB8959AWW"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/MaytagJetCleanPlusMDB8959AWW.jpg" /></a>Rated well for both its ability to clean as well as its energy efficiency, owners love that the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HD57SI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002HD57SI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Maytag JetClean Plus</a> dishwasher brings high-end performance without a high-end price tag. Other features include an adjustable top rack, a hard food disposer (which saves you from cleaning out a filter), and options for steam, rinse-only, and sanitary wash cycles. However, this dishwasher is a bit louder than other, more expensive models.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11054902?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.searsoutlet.com%2Fd%2Fproduct_details.jsp%3Fpid%3D29739%26mode%3DbuyUsedOnly&amp;cjsku=MDB8959AWW">Click here to buy now</a></strong></p> <h3>GE Profile PDWT480RRS</h3> <p><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/GEProfilePDWT480RRS.jpg" />Considered a top pick by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/appliances/dishwasher-reviews/ge-profile-pdwt480rss-dishwasher-smartdispense-technology-121">Good Housekeeping</a>, the GE Profile is definitely on the higher end of the dishwasher spectrum. In passing GH's cleaning test, you can be sure that this dishwasher can handle even the toughest cleaning jobs with ease.</p> <p>It's also rated well for energy efficiency to save you money. Additional features include a well-designed flatware basket for easy placement, integrated designed with a completely-hidden control panel, and a SmartDispense detergent system that allows you to pre-fill detergent for a month's worth of loads.</p> <h3>LG LDS4821ST</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10858266?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Ftracking.searchmarketing.com%2Fclick.asp%3Faid%3D756946554&amp;cjsku=680137"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/LGLDS4821ST.jpg" /></a>Good Housekeeping's choice for a budget buy, this LG dishwasher does everything you need it to, and it does it well. It doesn't come with many bells and whistles, but it does include a nice chime to mark the end of the cycle, as well as an additional rinse option.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10858266?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Ftracking.searchmarketing.com%2Fclick.asp%3Faid%3D756946554&amp;cjsku=680137">Click here to buy now</a></strong></p> <h3>Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10926682?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd_353964-39047-SHX3AR75UC_0__%3FproductId%3D3409036&amp;cjsku=3409036"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/BoschAscentaSHX3AR75UC.jpg" /></a>Highly recommended by Consumer Reports, the Bosch Ascenta brings top performance, with a number of additional features, at a very competitive price.</p> <p>At its foundation, it is a high-performing, highly efficient, and extremely quiet machine. It also comes with a soil sensor, delayed start function, adjustable upper rack, and integrated design. This dishwasher has a filter that requires manual cleaning, but that also serves to make it quieter.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10926682?sid=980434&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd_353964-39047-SHX3AR75UC_0__%3FproductId%3D3409036&amp;cjsku=3409036">Click here to buy now</a></strong></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best 5 dishwashers. Be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Shopping Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers">The 5 Best Coffeemakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide dishwasher product reviews Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:48:41 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 980434 at http://www.wisebread.com Almost 40 Everyday Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4841984357_056e22eb5b_z_0.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My normally mild-mannered friend recently had an apoplectic fit when his dishwasher broke.</p> <p>&ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t you being just a little dramatic about this?&rdquo; I asked him. &ldquo;You live alone and you rarely cook. Really, how many dishes are you going to have hand wash until your next paycheck when you can pay for a new dishwasher?&rdquo;</p> <p>My friend, who is a professional organizer who works with hoarders, rolled his eyes at me. &ldquo;What you call a dishwasher, I call a multi-purpose cleaning apparatus.&rdquo;</p> <p>He then proceeded to school me on the fact that an Energy Star rated dishwasher can be used to speed clean a variety of household objects with just four gallons of water per load &mdash; less water than hand washing each item! Who knew?</p> <p>Here are some of the things he washes in the dishwasher instead of by hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">The 5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h2>Plastic Toys</h2> <p>Legos, Frisbees, and action figures can be washed on the top rack. Put small toys into a mesh lingerie bag to keep them from falling to the bottom of the dishwasher and melting on the heating element.</p> <h2>Your Dog&rsquo;s Gear</h2> <p>In addition to the dog dish, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">dog toys</a>, nylon collars, leashes, and harnesses are all good candidates for the dishwasher. (Don&rsquo;t wash leather or rhinestones). Thoroughly and immediately dry metal hardware to prevent rust.</p> <h2>Baseball Caps</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever wrecked a favorite baseball cap by warping it in the regular washing machine, then you&rsquo;ll recognize the genius of washing your sports head gear in the dishwasher using a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Original-Sports-Cap-Washer/dp/B0013FGVW2">cap washer</a> instead.</p> <h2>Other Sporting Gear</h2> <p>In addition to your caps, you can also wash athletic gear like shin guards and padding in the dishwasher on the top rack. When washing athletic gear, do not use detergent and remember not to use the dry cycle.</p> <p>Wash your mouth guard in the silverware compartment.</p> <h2>Personal Hygiene Tools and Supplies</h2> <p>Many people regularly wash their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">toothbrushes</a> in the dishwasher to kill bacteria.</p> <p>Actually, as long as they are made of plastic, you can also wash brushes, combs, and make-up applicators in the dishwasher, too. Just remove all the hair from the brush first for obvious reasons.</p> <h2>Assorted Footwear</h2> <p>Flip-flops, garden clogs, rain boots, and galoshes can all be washed in the dishwasher. Remove any liners first. Really dirty rubber shoes can be pre-rinsed in the shower. (Do this while you are waiting for the water to heat up to save water). Crocs, however, should only be hand washed in cold water.</p> <h2>Assorted Household Vents and Covers</h2> <p>Electrical outlet covers and switch plates are often shockingly filthy. Wash these on the top rack along with plastic fan blades and grilles.</p> <p>Your dishwasher will do a handy job of cleaning all the hard to reach corners of your vent covers and (small) window screens, provided that they fit. Ditto your refrigerator shelves and drawers.</p> <h2>Tools</h2> <p>Tools can be washed in the dishwasher (as long as they don&rsquo;t have wooden handles). Just make sure to thoroughly and immediately dry your tools to prevent rust. Garden tools or pots that have come in contact with chemicals should not be washed with dishes! Do an extra rinse cycle to avoid cross contamination. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a>)</p> <h2>Cabinet Knobs and Pulls</h2> <p>Intricate knobs from your kitchen or bathroom can be quickly cleaned in the silverware basket. By the way, anything made of brass should never see the inside of a dishwasher.</p> <h2>Canning Jars</h2> <p>A dishwasher is a great way to sterilize <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">glass jars</a> before canning. However, regardless of what random people on the internet tell you, you <em>cannot</em> use your dishwasher to process your preserves! The water does not get hot enough to destroy microorganisms.</p> <h2>Cleaning Supplies</h2> <p>Clean your cleaning supplies. Along with keeping your kitchen sponges stink-free, scrub brushes, the dustpan, vacuum attachments, and other housekeeping tools can be refreshed by a run through the dishwasher.</p> <p>Wash small waste paper baskets and compost bins in the dishwasher.</p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>Although my friend has never <a target="_blank" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/bob-blumers-dishwasher-salmon-recipe-00000000022899/index.html?xid=yshi-RS-062012-dishwasher-use">steamed a fish</a> in his dishwasher, he does admit to running a load of potatoes and yams during the holidays. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the real secret behind my latkes.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>What weird things have you washed in the dishwasher?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here&#039;s How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">Beyond the Mouth: 14 Uses for Dental Floss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips alternative uses cleaning supplies dishwasher Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:24:33 +0000 Max Wong 965683 at http://www.wisebread.com How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances? http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5301593772_e3ba5eb9fc_z.jpg" alt="energy star" title="energy star" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, we wrote about the <a title="Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deadly-energy-sinners-the-energy-hogs-hiding-in-your-home">power hogs that hide in your home</a>, trampling all over your wallet while making your carbon footprint way too fat. This week we'll concentrate on how, going forward, you can combat your energy costs by purchasing Energy Star products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-water-energy-money-the-world-in-one-afternoon" title="5 Ways to Save Water, Energy, Money, and the World in One Afternoon">5 Ways to Save Water, Energy, Money, and the World in One Afternoon</a>)</p> <p>While energy-efficient <a title="appliance deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c304/Home-Garden/Appliances?eref=wisebread">appliances</a> can save you money through usage, few people realize that you can get a tidy refund via a tax credit (after the proper IRS paperwork), too! And though it's too late to claim such a credit on last year's taxes, you can start planning for a payoff on this year's, by purchasing an Energy Star appliance. Here is what you need to know about the savings can you expect when it comes to Energy Star products.</p> <h3>What Is Energy Star?</h3> <p>A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, <a title="About Energy Star" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index">Energy Star designates energy efficient products and practices</a>. Besides household products and appliances, Energy Star extends its designations into home construction itself, meaning that a new home can earn an Energy Star seal. Thanks to Energy Star, Americans saved enough power in 2010 to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars &mdash; all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.</p> <h3>How Much Money Will Energy Star Appliances Save Me?</h3> <p>The operating costs of many Energy Star appliances are printed on their labels, though it helps to know how much your old appliances used in order to gain a proper perspective. As mentioned last week, old refrigerators are often the biggest energy offenders, wasting up to three times as much energy as new ones. (You can calculate your savings with this <a title="refrigerator retirement savings calculator" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator">refrigerator retirement savings calculator</a>). Of course, Energy Star appliances run the gamut from air conditioners to lawn care tools. There are, of course, <a title="Energy Star products" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_find_es_products">general guidelines for how much an Energy Star product can save your household</a>, as compared to a non-Energy Star model.</p> <p>For perspective, here are some <a title="pros and cons of Energy Star products" href="http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.Pros-Costs-and-Cons-Energy-Star-Appliances.16819.html">figures from the National Resource Defense Council</a>, courtesy of servicemagic.com. Replacing a 1980s model refrigerator with, perhaps, this <a title="Whirlpool refrigerator" href="http://dealnews.com/prices.html?avux=2018447&amp;a=558643&amp;k=WyJTaG9wcGluZ0NvbSIsIjk1MDQ3MDQ1IiwiOTA0NSIsIjE4ODkiXQ%3D%3D">Whirlpool 21.9-Cubic Foot Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator</a> from Abt Electronics can save you $100 a year in total energy costs. Replacing a pre-1994 clothes washer will save you as much as $110 a year; and a new, Energy Star dishwasher &mdash; like the <a title="Whirlpool dishwasher" href="http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/product.jsp?modelNo=DU1055XTVS" class="image_link">Whirlpool Super Capacity Tall Tub Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher</a> &mdash; will save you about $25 per year. Multiply those savings over an appliance's 20-year lifetime, and you're talking thousands of dollars of potential cost reduction.</p> <h3>How Do Energy Star Tax Credits Work?</h3> <p>Tax credits are still available for consumers who purchased home improvement items in 2011, so if you splurged on some new windows or an air conditioner for the holidays, you're in luck. These tax-deductible goods include biomass stoves; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; insulation; roofs (Metal &amp; Asphalt); water heaters (non-solar); and windows and doors. The tax credit for these items is, on average, 10% of cost, and up to a cumulative deduction of $500. The tax credit applies only to an existing home or your principal residence; new construction and rentals do not qualify. To apply for the tax credits for 2011 purchases, you'll need to file <a title="IRS Form 5695" href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf">IRS Form 5695</a> for Residential Energy Credits, a five-page attachment that your accountant or tax preparer can fill out easily with the proper receipts and documentation.</p> <h3>What's Changing for the 2012 Tax Year?</h3> <p>Unfortunately, some of the best Energy Star tax credits expired on January 1, 2012, including those that allowed folks to claim up to 30% of improvements like a new roof or hot water heater. However, through December 31, 2016, you'll be able to claim 30% of your costs (with no upper limit) on geothermal heat pumps, small, residential wind turbines, and solar energy systems. Existing homes and new construction qualify, as do principal residences and second homes, though rentals do not. What's more, homeowners can also earn a credit of up to <a title="energy efficiency tax credits" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index">30% of the cost of residential fuel cells</a> (up to $500 per .5kW of power capacity), through the end of 2016.</p> <p>If you want to know how much a solar or wind system might cost to install, check out the handy cost estimator at <a title="SolarEstimate.org" href="http://www.find-solar.org/index.php">SolarEstimate.org</a>. Entering my ZIP code in Cook County, IL, along with some basic information on my electric bill, I learned that a solar system would be a &quot;good&quot; bet based on my area's solar rating, and that the total cost of a system would run about $17,700, after the $7,590 tax credit is applied. That's a large up-front cost, but long-term energy savings can be substantial; with a handy graphic it's estimated that I'd break even in 12 years &mdash; and be $20,000 <em>ahead</em> in 24 years.</p> <h3>What's the Bottom Line on Energy Star?</h3> <p>Appliances that earn an Energy Star rating may cost a bit more upfront, but in an overwhelming majority of cases, their operating costs yield big savings over the lifetimes of the products. And while you can't bank on the government bringing back the now-expired 2011 tax credits, anything is possible in an election year, especially when energy costs are an important voter issue. Regardless, the facts show that Energy Star is working for the betterment of the environment while simultaneously lowering electric bills. Even in our fractured political climate, that's a platform everyone can agree upon &mdash; and incentive enough for all of us to make some major changes around the house not just in 2012, but also in the years to come as well.</p> <p>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-Much-Money-Will-You-Save-With-Energy-Star-Appliances-/558643.html">Dealnews</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While it might seem smarter to stick with older appliances, stocking your home with Energy Star appliances can save you major cash in the long run. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-make-your-refrigerator-more-efficient">8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-green-living-habits-thatll-save-you-every-month">12 Green Living Habits That&#039;ll Save You Every Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-10-green-appliances-actually-save-you-money">Do These 10 Green Appliances Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home appliances dishwasher energy star refrigerator saving energy tax credits Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:48:19 +0000 Dealnews 911581 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Clean Your Dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dishwasher_dog.jpg" alt="Dog and dishwasher" title="Dog and dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was in the grocery store the other day when I noticed a cleaning product recommended to keep dishwashers &quot;clean&quot; and running smoothly. I have to admit that I only recently had the privilege of having a dishwasher in my kitchen. Most of my life, <em>I</em> was the dishwasher, and I was really not up to speed on maintaining the appliance. I presumed that as the dishes were cleaned with detergent and water, so too was my dishwasher.</p> <p>Doing some research, I realized that I didn&rsquo;t need the high-priced solution intended to prevent my dishwasher from breaking down. I did, however, need to do a few extra bits of cleaning to make sure I maintained my new-to-me appliance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn't Skip During Spring Cleaning</a>)</p> <h3>Remove the Food</h3> <p>Consider the condition of the dishes and silverware you put in your dishwasher each day. While it is highly recommended that you first scrape plates to prevent leftovers from going in the dishwasher, most dishwasher owners are guilty of not being as thorough as they could be. As a result, food particles and other materials get caught up in the drainage system of the dishwasher, causing blockage of water and ultimately leading to the demise of your appliance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">The 5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h3>Clean Seals</h3> <p>Seals that prevent your dishwasher from leaking water all over your kitchen floor tend to break down over time. One of the main reasons this breakdown occurs is due to the bleaching ingredients contained in most dishwasher gels. For this reason, it is wise to use powdered detergent to protect the life of your dishwasher components. You can help prevent breakdown also by regularly cleaning seals around the door with a toothbrush and hot, soapy water. The toothbrush will help reach the small areas sponges will not. Around the seal and the drain are areas particularly susceptible to buildup of damaging debris.</p> <h3>Clean the Drain</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to remove the bottom rack of your dishwasher to access the drain. First, check for any obvious blockage and remove it. Then use a clean sponge to wipe around the drain area.</p> <h3>Add Vinegar</h3> <p>Add a cup of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">white vinegar</a> to the empty dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the hottest water setting possible. The vinegar will help remove the debris and grease left inside the appliance. It also has the added benefit of removing the musty, mildewy smell from inside the dishwasher.</p> <h3>Add Baking Soda</h3> <p>After using the vinegar to sanitize the inside of the dishwasher, you can also sprinkle baking soda on the base of the dishwasher and run the hottest cycle once again. The baking soda will help freshen the smell of the dishwasher as well as brighten up the look of the inside of your appliance by removing stains.</p> <p>Incorporate this dishwasher maintenance into your regular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">heavy-duty cleaning schedule </a>to avoid high-cost repairs and not have to worry about having a dirty, foul-smelling dishwasher in your kitchen.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-home-buys-you-should-never-skimp-on">8 Home Buys You Should Never Skimp On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dishwasher-last-almost-forever-with-these-6-tricks">Make Your Dishwasher Last (Almost) Forever With These 6 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-money-will-you-save-with-energy-star-appliances">How Much Money Will You Save With Energy Star Appliances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home appliances cleaning dishwasher Mon, 04 Jul 2011 10:24:12 +0000 Tisha Tolar 600371 at http://www.wisebread.com