Understanding the Other Settings on Your Dishwasher

You probably use your dishwasher every day. However, if you’re like the average person who owns a dishwasher, you most likely use the same setting every time. Maybe you’re not even aware of what the other settings are for. Because if the tried and true “Normal” setting works every time, why try the others? Because you may be wasting excellent washing power, that’s why! Your dishwasher has those other settings for a reason. Here’s some more info on your underrated dishwasher settings.


Quick Wash

Don’t shy away from the quick wash setting because it doesn’t sound thorough enough. If you’ve dirtied just a few dishes or glasses, there’s no need for an entire normal cycle. The “Quick Clean,” or “1 Hour” on some models, is designed to sanitize lightly soiled dishes. So this cycle is perfect after a cocktail party, but probably not the best choice for a big dinner.

Heavy Duty

The “Heavy” cycle lives up to its name and is meant for heavily soiled dishes. Think cheesy casserole dishes or spaghetti sauce-covered plates. This is the setting to use if you have a mix of plates, silverware, and cookware to wash. It uses high temps and extra wash cycle times to get all those little bits of food and gunk off your dishes.

Air Dry

This setting is perfect for those looking to conserve energy but still want to use their dishwasher. Instead of using high heat to dry your dishes after a wash cycle, it just finishes. We recommend cracking the door open to speed up the drying process. Plastic Tupperware and containers don’t always dry very well in this setting, so keep that in mind.


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