Tips & Hints

Tips & Hints

Having been at the forefront of automatic dishwashing for the past 60 years, we are glad to share our expertise as a collection of tips and hints on getting the best results from your machine.

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How important is it to set the water temperature?
For sparkling clean dishes and to be able to dissolve food stains, your dishwasher requires hot water. For instance, hot water at 70 degree C helps in cleaning your dishes and removing all the germs which is not possible via manual washing at normal temperature water.

Dishwashing vs. Handwashing: Which uses more water and energy?
Compared to washing dishes by hand, dishwashers use much less water. Handwashing uses up to seven times more water than a regular dishwashing cycle. Dishwashers also heat up the water more efficiently, which results in less heat loss than heating water in a tank and transporting it to the sink. In addition, the appliance is insulated to avoid heat loss from the interior space. All the more reason to use your dishwasher!  

The truth behind dishwashing by hand:  

  • Water used - 140 L  
  • Energy used - 3.5 kWh  
  • Time spent - 71 min   

The truth behind using a dishwasher (at 3 levels):  

  • Water used – Quick: 13 L /Normal: 18 L /Intensive: 27 L  
  • Energy used – Quick: 0.9 kWh / Normal: 1.6 kWh / Intensive: 2.0 kWh
  • Time spent: Quick: 39 min / Normal 131 min / Intensive 112 min   

So, not only does the dishwasher save you time by doing all of the work for you, but it actually does it by using less water and energy. Even more of an excuse to never wash another dish by hand again!  
Download full results at our Dishwashing Expert site.  

How can I get best cleaning results from my dishwasher?

  • Avoid low quality and old/damp detergents.
  • Use the detergent brand recommended by your manufacturer.
  • Always place tablets in the dosing chamber.
  • Load and sort dishes to allow wash water to circulate and run off freely.
  • A cleaner dishwasher means cleaner dishes. Use Finish Dishwasher Cleaner to clear build-up of grease and limescale.
  • Load dishes correctly so that water runs off freely.
  • Regularly add Finish Shine and Dry rinse aid to the rinse aid dispenser.
  • Add Finish Salt if you live in an area with extremely hard water.
  • To maintain the performance of your machine, remove and clean filters regularly.

How can I stop my glasses clouding?

  • In hard water areas, avoid limescale deposits by adding Finish Salt into the salt chamber.
  • Determine your local water hardness and adjust the machine setting accordingly.
  • Such limescale clouding can be removed by cleaning with white vinegar.
  • White streaks on glasses could be surface corrosion. Unfortunately this is irreversible but can be avoided by using low temperature, glass cycles or using dishwasher proof glassware.