A fully loaded automatic dishwasher is the best way to be as water- and energy-efficient as possible. But if you have a partially loaded washer, gather these things around the house to give them a good clean and fill up your machine! Add hairbrushes and combs, which can get dirty from products and oil over time. Unscrew a showerhead and wash it in the top rack to remove mineral buildup and help it run like new when you reinstall it. And collect sponges and dish brushes to not only clean them, but disinfect them from all the grime and bacteria that builds up over time.
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