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Old 06-18-2006, 03:07 PM   #1
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Dishwasher Drying Cycle Choices

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?

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Old 06-18-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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I use the High Temp scrub and Sanitize cycles when I've been doing poultry and want to sanitize the cutting boards. Also for more heavily soiled stuff.

I usually use the Normal cycle and sometimes the time saver cycle.
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Old 06-18-2006, 04:35 PM   #3
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I use the sanitize cycle all the time now. I'm scared of cooties.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:54 PM   #4
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I live in an apartment and I'm betting my dishwasher is no less than 20 years old. One thing that I have noticed is that no matter which drying cycle I use it never really drys the puddles of water left in the bottoms of cups, etc. So, when the wash cycle ends .... I open the door and pull out the top rack, use a clean sponge to wick up the water on the bottom of the cups, glasses, etc. and then close the door for about 5-minutes - just to get everything heated up. Then I open the door and let things "air dry". I find they are just as dry in about the same amount of time as if I had let them run through the complete "energy saver" drying cycle - but with less energy (electricity) used.

UNLESS I've had a cold or the flu - then I let it run through the full "hi-temp" drying cycle.
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Then I open the door and let things "air dry". I find they are just as dry in about the same amount of time as if I had let them run through the complete "energy saver" drying cycle - but with less energy (electricity) used.
While I was trying to make some peace with those old style dishwasher many years ago I did the same thing... It did work, at the expense of numerous bruises on my shins...

(I have given up on dishwashers for a long time, but nowadays I hear the functionalities of dishwashers have been improved dramatically in the last several years, I may consider getting them when we move into a bigger place)
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:52 AM   #6
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It's been 25 or 30 years since I used a dishwasher for anything but storage and there is no button on the panel for that.
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:56 AM   #7
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Dishwasher? I have one cycle...Ajax and HOT water...Barkeepers Friend for my pots. Oh, you meant automatic. The pupster is pretty good with plates and bowls, but is hard on fine glassware, and can't handle pots and pans at all.
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Dishwasher? I have one cycle...Ajax and HOT water...Barkeepers Friend for my pots. Oh, you meant automatic. The pupster is pretty good with plates and bowls, but is hard on fine glassware, and can't handle pots and pans at all.

I used to have the same dishwasher! Then I upgraded and had two, until they moved out!! Then dh finally decided that he would pitty me and got me one. Now one of the former dishwashers is back home and doesn't have to worry about it, except for emptying. {bad english,I know}
My dogs would love to help you btw!!

I didn't get a big one, mine is just a basic model with heavy and normal wash with heat or no heat.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:09 PM   #9
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I always use the air dry cycle and never use the high temp cycle.
Some years ago I remember seeing a report on 20/20 about dishwashers catching on fire and burning down homes. I don't remember what make or models that they were, but I guess it just stuck in the back of my mind, so I just don't use those features.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:31 PM   #10
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I always use the air dry cycle and never use the high temp cycle.
Some years ago I remember seeing a report on 20/20 about dishwashers catching on fire and burning down homes. I don't remember what make or models that they were, but I guess it just stuck in the back of my mind, so I just don't use those features.

John:

That was a defective switch on one model made by one manufacturer. I think it would be reasonable to assume that all dishwashers made since that time are not plagued by the same defect.
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