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Dishwasher: When to use which program

A kitchen without a dishwasher? Unimaginable for many by now. After all, the household helper takes care of a considerable amount of housework and has several programs to do so. Most models are equipped with standard programs, but there are also dishwashers with additional special programs. Which dishwasher program is the right one for your wash cycle depends primarily on the degree of dirtiness of the dishes and the energy requirements of the dishwasher.

This is why you should use different dishwasher programs

Modern dishwashers from different manufacturers have a large number of different programs. Mainly, the settings depend on the degree of soiling of your dishes. But you can also influence the washing time and the temperature of the water with the help of the respective dishwashing program and thus save energy when washing, for example. On average, a modern dishwasher has eight different programs. Among the different dishwasher programs, we distinguish between standard and special functions. Standard programs are necessary. They are part of the basic equipment and cover the washing pressure and temperature during the rinse cycle. You select the special functions according to your needs.

Overview: Dishwasher programs

Normal rinse cycle: Your dishes are moderately dirty and have a few dried-on spots? Switch on the normal rinse cycle. The dishwasher will clean your dirty dishes at a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees with a wash time of 60 to 120 minutes.

Economy program: Many manufacturers also refer to the dishwasher's economy program as the eco or eco rinse cycle. The dishes are washed here at 45 to 55 degrees for 90 to 180 minutes. Although the rinse cycle here takes longer than in the standard program, it is more environmentally friendly. The dishwasher does not heat the water as much for rinsing, which means less electricity is used. To make sure your dishes are still sparkling clean, the rinse cycle in the Eco program takes longer. With the Eco program, you not only protect the environment, but also save money.

Short program: In the short rinse cycle, the dishes are clean again within 30 to 60 minutes. However, this rinse cycle is only recommended for lightly soiled dishes without dried-on food residue, as all steps are performed more quickly here at temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees. This dishwashing program is practical for parties when dirty glasses need to be quickly cleaned again. However, only switch on this program if you need to do it quickly. This is because the dishwasher spends considerably more energy here, which also puts a strain on your wallet in the long run. If you need to clean quickly despite stubborn residues, you will need the help of a dishwasher detergent that removes heavy soiling even in the short program.

Intensive program: In this rinse cycle, your machine removes even the most stubborn dirt. At 65 to 75 degrees, for example, the dishwasher also cleans plates, cups and pots soiled by starchy food residues. However, this is where the machine consumes the most water and electricity.

Automatic program: There are dishwashers that have an automatic program controlled by sensors. As a result, the rinse cycle automatically adapts to the amount and degree of soiling of the dishes and automatically selects the appropriate run time, water temperature and amount of water.

Additional programs: In addition to the standard programs, some manufacturers offer other additional programs. The dishwasher can disinfect the dishes intensively in so-called hygiene wash cycles, so that germs and bacteria are guaranteed to stand no chance. This program is particularly advantageous for parents who want to clean their baby's bottles in the dishwasher. Another additional program is used especially for high-quality glasses or dishes made of delicate materials. Here, the water pressure is lower and the temperature is only heated to 40 to 45 degrees.

Was our information helpful to you? If you would like to receive more tips about the dishwasher, we recommend, among other things, our articles on the correct setting of the dishwasher and how to protect your glasses from limescale in the dishwasher.

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