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Dishwasher Safety, Energy and Package Disposal

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Be Smart! Be Safe . . .

It's a cinch to use your automatic dishwashing detergent safely! Here's how:

  • Like all household cleaning products, store automatic dishwashing detergent out of the reach of small children and pets. 
  • Don't fill the dispenser cups until you're ready to run the dishwasher. Otherwise, curious children or pets may get into them. 
  • Don't mix dishwashing detergent with other cleaning products - irritating fumes could result. 
  • Keep detergent in original container with the label intact - and never reuse the container. 
  • Avoid direct contact between gel detergent and skin or clothes.
Over and Out

Product and Package Disposal

You've done it all right, now be sure to properly dispose of any leftover product and the empty container. Here's how:
  1. Use the product up.
  • If you can't, give it to someone who can. Be sure the label is intact! 
  1.  If you have to dispose of an unused product:
  • Read and follow label directions for disposal. 
  • Pour powder, liquid and gel detergents, or rinse agents down the drain with plenty of running water.
  • Put tablets and solid rinse agents in the trash. 
  • Do not mix products when disposing. 
  • Do not reuse containers for any other purpose. 
  1. Recycle empty containers in a covered recycling bin.


Energy Saving Tips

The number one energy tip is to do it right the first time . . . to prevent potential re-washes! For energy efficiency, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load. In between loads, use the "rinse-hold" cycle or hand rinse dirty dishes before loading them. 
  • Don't overload the dishwasher. 
  • Dishes aren't too dirty? Use a cycle requiring less water. 
  • Use the recommended amount of detergent. 
  • Skip the drying cycle whenever possible - it can save about 15% on your total operating cost. If your machine doesn't have an "energy saving" or "air/no heat" cycle, move the dial to the "off" position after the final rinse. Use a rinse agent to help promote drying! 
  • Clean the filter regularly according to manufacturer's recommendations. 
  • If necessary, insulate water heater and delivery pipes to avoid heat loss between the hot water supply and the dishwasher.


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