I found that if I go ahead and run the dishwasher even if its not "full" I am less likely to get behind on dishes and the kitchen. whenever I wait to have "full" dishwasher usually I have to many dishes and have run out of clean plates. so its better to spend the extra money and run the dishwasher as is
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Our dishwasher is smelling and looked dirty. My Aunt told me to use Tang the powder drink mix. You only use a teaspoon and run the dishwasher on normal without any dishes. It cleans the dishwasher plus leaves a orange smell. Also, if you only use a teaspoon of dishwasher liquid soap or a 1/2 of the powder when you run the dishwasher the dishes come clean without any residue. Plus save money.
I used to never know how clean the kitchen towel was. Now I change the towel every time I run the dishwasher. Yes, every time. That means on holidays like Thanksgiving, I may change it several times. The dishwasher is a good measure of how much kitchen activity has taken place.
Check with your electric company to see if they have hours when electricity is cheaper. Phoenix has certain hours & if you sign up & run the dishwasher, pool pump, a/c & dishwasher & other appliances during the low peak hours, you will save money.
Depending on the season, the hours vary. It's more expensive in the summer between1 PM - 8 PM so I avoid using appliances as much as possible during that time & wait until after 8:00 PM to wash clothes, run the dishwasher & the pool pump. Lower-cost, off-peak hours include weekends & holidays.
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