Tips & Hints – Finish

Our Dishwasher Cleaning Tips & Hints

Having been at the forefront of automatic dishwashing for the past 60 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about getting the best results from your machine. Below you’ll find a collection of tips and hints from our experts to help answer questions you may have in and around the kitchen.

Did you know that a recent study showed that washing dishes by hand uses more energy than using a dishwasher? The electricity in a dishwasher is used to heat up the water, which is then pumped and recycled around the machine. The less water used, the less electricity is needed to heat up the water. 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. Dishwashing Myths: Handwashing vs. Dishwashing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JweiHfYuE7c
When it comes to loading your dishwasher, there is a proper way to load your dishwasher to ensure that you get both amazing results and protection for your dishware, cookware, flatware and glasses. As always, you should always follow your manufacturer's recommendations when loading your dishwasher, but here are a few simple guidelines to follow:
  • Before you put anything in the dishwasher, scrape off the large food particles and do not pre-rinse. Your dishwasher detergent’s job is to cling to food and help wash it away.
  • With silverware, make sure to avoid nesting so that water can rinse all surfaces. Since safety comes first, knives should face downwards. With spoons and forks, mix it up!
  • Load your large soiled dishes on the bottom rack of the dishwasher so they get good water flow. Be sure to load stemware and cups on an angle so water can run off the bottoms and dry properly. Always face stains towards the sprayer arms, and as long as pots and pans are dishwasher safe, they can be cleaned.
  • If your dishwasher has an exposed heating element, plastics go in the top rack, but if it has a concealed heating element, plastics can go anywhere in the dishwasher. But be sure your plastic is dishwasher safe!
Watch our helpful video on how to load your dishwasher properly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OitDFXROXjM
For sparkling clean dishes, your dishwasher needs hot water (120ºF). Water at this temperature helps dissolve food stains. Check the water temperature in your house using a glass of hot water from your kitchen sink and a meat thermometer. If your water is less than 120ºF, consult your hot water heater's user manual or call a service technician to adjust its settings.
For sparkling clean dishes, your dishwasher needs hot water (120ºF). Water at this temperature helps dissolve food stains. Check the water temperature in your house using a glass of hot water from your kitchen sink and a meat thermometer. If your water is less than 120ºF, consult your hot water heater's user manual or call a service technician to adjust its settings.
Finish all in one max powerball gives you the brilliant clean and shine you expect, plus added protection against glass corrosion, so your glasses keep their sparkling shine for longer and are protected wash after wash. Now with 10x actions, use finish powerball for a powerful clean every time. Its salt and rinse aid action rinses away residues and helps to eliminate spots and film, delivering a sparkling shine. The built-in salt function is effective in soft/medium and hard water upto 26 deg e (21 deg dh). If your water is very hard, use finish salt. Finish all in one max is available in a re-sealable bag so there is no need to unwrap individual tablets.
Finish is World’s #1 Recommend dishwashing brand. Finish Power Detergent softens water to boost the cleaning performance of your detergent. It prevents spots and watermarks on dishes.

How to Use / Directions of use: Remove food scraps and fill detergent dispenser to the line Use more for very dirty dishes. Use less for light loads. Pour 20 g of Power Detergent in the Detergent chamber of your Dishwasher before every wash. It helps remove the starch & grease stains from your utensils. Always use Finish Power Detergent with Finish Rinse aid and Finish Dishwasher Salt.
Finish Rinse Aid, Shine& Dry is for use in dishwashers. It contains a quick dry formula to provide a clean and shiny finish to your dishes. Finish Rinse Aid, Shine& Dry pours easily and dissolves quickly in the wash to get to work straight away. It prevents water spots and streaking on glasses, dishes and cutlery. How to Use / Directions of use: Check whether your dishwasher has a built-in liquid rinse aid dispenser, which is usually located near the detergent cup(s). Fill your rinse aid dispenser with Finish Rinse Aid. Wipe up any spilled product. Finish Rinse Aid is automatically released in the rinse cycle every time your dishwasher runs. We recommend refilling your dispenser with Finish monthly. Simply fill your rinse aid dispenser once and it will be automatically released in the rinse cycle every time your dishwasher runs.
Dishes must be washed with soft water. Finish dishwasher salt helps in making hard water soft in your dishwasher - no more white spots on your dishes. It helps avoid scale deposits on the dishes and in the dishwasher. Finish dishwasher salt effectively softens your water to boost the cleaning performance of your detergent by preventing spots and watermarks on your dishes. How to use / directions of use: Remove the cap from the salt chamber at the bottom of the dishwasher. Pour in finish dishwasher salt until the chamber is full wipe away the extra salt sprinkled at the site of the chamber while pouring switch-on your dishwasher for best results use with finish rinse aid, shine and dry and finish power detergent.