(WDEF) Angie's List wants you to get spotless dishes from your dishwasher.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Your dishwasher, just like any other appliance you have, does take some care and maintenance along the way to make sure you get the full life out of it, especially if you have hard water. Many people may not realize the kind of build-up you can get from the hard water in your dishwasher and that needs to be cleaned to make sure your dishwasher operates properly."
Tip number one: check your detergent.
Chris Sublett works as an appliance repairman. He said, "If you have hard water, the only thing you should be using is a powder. A lot of people like to use the tablets or the little packets and actually that is too much soap."
Tip number two: know when to pre-rinse.
Sublett added, "You should remove any food particles that are the size of a nickel. Other than that, you can stick dishes right in the dishwasher. They really don't need to be pre-rinsed as long as your dishwasher is working well."
Tip number three: load dishes correctly.
And tip number four: clean your dishwasher.
Sublett said, "When you open your dishwasher and you see any white film built up on the inside of the dishwasher, that tells me you need to have your dishwasher cleaned. You can do that yourself. There are several different products you can buy at the grocery store."
If you find you're still having trouble with spotty, dirty dishes - Angie's List says it may be time to call in a pro to take a look.
While dishwashers can last up to 13 years, if your appliance is seven years or older and repairs will cost more than half the cost of a new appliance, it's probably time to buy new.