According to a recent study by Whirlpool, 80 percent of dishwasher owners predominantly select the normal cycle. Try one of these routines and see what your dishwasher can really do.
Quick CleanA speedy wash for lightly soiled dishes, like post-cocktail-party wineglasses.
Top RackIf you’re washing only water glasses, coffee mugs, and other top-rack items, choose this setting and just the top sprayer will go on.
SanitizeLonger than a regular wash, this heats the final rinse water to about 155 degrees to kill germs. Good for times when a family member is ill.
High-Temperature WashIt makes the water 5 to 10 degrees hotter for better cleaning. Use it only for items that can take the heat; anything labeled DISHWASHER-SAFE should be fine. To protect delicates, some dishwashers won’t activate this if you choose a setting like china/crystal.
Heavy WashAn extended main wash and rinse with water that’s about five degrees hotter than that of a normal cycle. It’s designed for dishes with crusty, dried-on food.
China/CrystalA shortened wash and rinse cycle with slightly cooler water. Some experts, however, say it’s better to hand wash these items.
Rinse OnlyA 5- to 10-minute rinse with no detergent. Use it to keep food from sticking to plates and to wash away odors when you’re not ready to do a load. Then run the machine later, when you have a full load.
Air DryChoose this setting to save energy and let the dishes air-dry. If you don’t press this button, your machine’s heater comes on to help dry the dishes.
Delay StartSets the unit to turn on at a later time, like after you are finished watching the movie you rented and have stumbled off to bed.