Due to federal energy-use guidelines, dishwashers simply can’t dry the way they once did. Use these tips to maximize dish drying in your new appliance.

  • Don’t pre-rinse your dishes. Just scrape off large food matter and load. Dishwasher detergent needs something to react against. If you run a load of well-rinsed dishes you may end up with extra wet dishes or soap residue.
  • Use detergent sparingly. 1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp., or an appropriately sized dishwasher tablet, is ideal for most dishwashers. We recommend Finish® powdered dishwasher detergent.
  • Use rinse-aid. Rinse aid sheets excess water (and any minerals it may contain) off of dishes. A reservoir full of rinse aid lasts about one month or more depending on frequency of use; many dishwashers remind you to refill when rinse aid runs low, while others include a capacity window for your convenience.
  • Use the Pots & Pans cycle (or equivalent). Pots & Pans has a hotter wash and rinse than other programs. Eco-friendly and other less intensive programs do not reach a sufficient heat to dry a tub full of dishes.
  • Open the door when the program finishes. This allows residual moisture and any pooled water to evaporate. Use the delay feature on your dishwasher so that it finishes at a convenient time for you to place the door ajar.
  • Remember that Tupperware doesn’t completely dry. No matter which cycle you use, Tupperware and other plastic food storage and serving vessels simply do not dry the way that china, ceramic, and glass do. Leaving the door ajar at the end of the program (previous tip) should help.