Originally Posted by mudbug
With the machine sloshing away in the background, I was wondering what you guys do.
I always push the energy saver button for the drying cycle on my dishwasher. There's another one called "Hi-Temp Scrub," but I rarely if ever use it.
If you use the hotter selection, why or when?
I love my machine!!
My Maytag portable machine has what is called Extended Wash and AccuTemp options.
I imagine that, as their names imply, that the main wash is extended through time, temp and heat for the wash.
AccuTemp, I'm sure, makes certain that the final rinse water is heated to about 140 degrees. Doesn't sound like it would be hot enough, but trust me, that's pretty Blam hot!!!
What happens in those portions of a cycle is that, when selected, a temperature-controlled thermostat that's secured to the bottom of the tub, gets its "reading" from the water and temporarily stops the timer motor from advancing the timer forward until the heating element has raised the water temp to 140 degrees.
The temp boost in the main wash is to get greasy dishes, pots, pans and utensils clean, as well as to weaken, soften and loosen stubborn food residue.
The final rinse runs longer than normal - about 20 minutes or more. The reason being is to to expose the load to the hot steamy powerful water jets for a longer period which destroys germs and bacteria that may be on the load, according to top health officials. Bacteria die in water temps as low as 140 degrees as long as the load is power-rinsed in this water temp fo at least 20 minutes or more. This process leaves the load virtually germ-free.
During the dry portion of all cycles, a motorize vent opens to allow the steam to escape from the tub - somewhat similar to forced air drying - which machines used to have. But still, the dishes come out sparkling clean, spotless and bone dry!
I use those options mainly to kill bacteria and I use them all the time. In fact, I leave them set there to automatically heat the main wash and final rinse. It's great for helping to keep germs and bacteria at bay, especially if there are
family members in the household with colds.
And yes, I've also had that problem concerning water in the encaved bottoms of beer mugs. I try to tilt them as much as possible so that less water is there.