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Any ideas on how to use a dishwasher efficiently?

I hate that I have to scrub stuff off off plates, pots, spoons, etc and then do a second round of washing in the dishwasher.
It kind of defeats its purpose. We are using Seventh Generation tablets and I don't think they get grease and stuck food off like the commercial ones do. It's just double the water, gas and work.


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I use the Quantum pouches by some name brand. They are the most deluxe ones they sell. Twice I have tried cheaper ones and they just don't work. With the better ones though double washing is not needed.

I do like rinsing off food though (but not perfectly). It saves cleaning out the dishwasher filter.
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I think those are Quantum by Finish. I agree anything that is like a 3 in 1 or all-in-one is going to be so much more powerful. We have hard crap water and anything but those 3-1 things don't work. No they are not cheap but EVERYTHING goes in the dishwasher (pans, spatulas, dishes, baking dishes etc) and the detergent has to work and not damage my stuff.

That being said i will 'soak' baking/cooking stuff before the dishwasher but I am not scrubbing.

I'm only cooking for myself and teenager but I tend to have 2 full loads a day.

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I used this website:


http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/5...ergentGelFresh


and it seems like it's very high on chemicals.


Seventh Generation was slightly better for humans but a lot better for the environment.

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but if they aren't working, cleaning, or doing the job- its pointless.

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I don't use a dishwasher. I wash them all myself. But my friend uses one and she likes to soak the plates first in some water. After a few minutes she just takes the plates and puts them in the dishwasher. Most of the food naturally slip back to the water..
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