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Washing with Cold Water
The perfect temperature to sterilize your dishes is about 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is standard for most dishwashers. But your hands likely won’t be able to tolerate such a hot temperature. Using lukewarm water won’t kill the bacteria and could leave icky streaks on your dishes so wearing special dishwashing gloves can help. Plus: Did you know these are the germiest spots in your bathroom?
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Scrubbing with a Sponge
Kitchen sponges are havens for bacteria and germs. In fact, they may even be the dirtiest thing in your kitchen. So why would you clean with them?! Swap out your sponge for a dishwashing brush which can be cleaned and dried completely much easier. If you are set on the sponge, make sure to change it weekly and keep it clean between swaps with these tips.
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Forgetting to Empty the Food Trap
Lift up the arm at the bottom of the dishwasher and you’ll find the food trap which is exactly what it sounds like. It collects any extra food particles that come off the dishes while they’re being washed. If you don’t empty it regularly (about once a week), it can get clogged and keep the dishwasher from running smoothly.