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The Green Life: Green Your Appliances: Dishwasher Water

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January 21, 2010

Green Your Appliances: Dishwasher Water

IStock_000003925763XSmall Unless you're switching to a more energy-efficient model, it's usually better to repair a broken appliance than to replace it. But there's a lot you can do to prevent breakdowns in the first place. This week we’re offering tips about how to extend your appliances' life.

Tip #3: Use Hot Water in Your Dishwasher

An efficient dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand but to keep it functioning well, you'll need to use hot water. Though that sounds counterintuitive in terms of energy efficiency, it makes sense when you understand that the water heated to at least 125 degrees prevents detergent residue -- a major cause of breakdowns. Also, opt for powdered detergents (you can make one yourself) instead of gels to prevent chlorine bleach from contaminating your dishwasher and the environment.

Share your tips: What do you do to keep your appliances in working order?

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