◊ Only run full loads – not partial or half loads.
◊ Never use the “Rinse and Hold” feature.
◊ Always load the dishes in the dishwasher facing the water jets.
◊ Don’t use detergent tablets. They contain too much soap, which is taxing on the environment.
◊ Wash big pots and pans by hand allowing more room in the dishwasher for smaller items.
◊ Make sure the spray arm is not blocked. If you are not sure, spin it with your hand.
◊ Always run the kitchen faucet until hot water comes from the tap before you start your dishwasher.
◊Air dry your dishes instead of using the heating element.
Check out this link to The Green Guide for a survey on eco-friendly dishwashing soaps.