Running a fully loaded dishwasher is the most energy- and water-efficient way to wash dishes. But it's key to load it properly to get the cleanest results. When loading utensils, don't load them all in the same direction. Spoons should not "spoon" each other; some should face up while others should face down. Make sure dirty dishes face the center, so the sprayer arm can most effectively get them truly clean. And don't add an extra detergent tablet to the machine; the little packets are powerful enough for a whole load, and adding extra just causes a soapy film to be left behind.
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