Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes? Try This

You open the dishwasher and the dishes are still wet. Who has time for that? If your dishwasher is not drying dishes, put the towel down and try this.

Rinse Aid for Drying Dishes

Woman Loading Dishes in Beko Dishwasher
Photo courtesy of Amanda Paa

Don’t write off rinse aid because you think it’s just made to prevent water spots on your dishes.

Dishwashers are actually designed to use the rinse aid to sheet off the water on dishes to assist in the drying process. So without it, you’re handicapping your dishwasher’s drying performance.

Buy a bottle of rinse aid, and keep your reservoir full, checking it every few weeks.  Your (dry) dish towels will thank you.

Dishwasher Drying Tips

  • If you have a new, plastic tub dishwasher, be patient. Its drying performance will improve over time as the tub “seasons.” Don’t prewash your dishes, as this impedes the seasoning process, manufacturers say.
  • Run the tap next to your dishwasher until the water is hot, ensuring that the water entering the dishwasher can get as hot as possible. 
  • Limit the amount of plastic items. Plastic doesn’t retain heat as well as say, ceramic, which is why you’ll notice that it’s generally the wettest of all your wet dishes. Because it doesn’t retain heat, it doesn’t condensate the water.
  • Load your dishwasher properly. Load items, especially plastic, at an angle so water can sheet off.

What tips do you have for when the dishwasher isn’t drying dishes? Share them in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes? Try This

  1. Great post. I think its interesting to note that higher end dishwashers won’t really benefit from the “run the tap” trick as they have built-in water heaters and thermostats that heat the water in stair step fashion through various ideal temperatures to a set maximum termperature so washing performance is consistent regardless of the temperature of the water when it enters the machine. For example, the enzymes in your detergent work better at temperature X whereas the bleach in your detergent only works at temperature Y so its important to hit all temperature bands to maximize cleaning results. Moreover, like clothes washers, certain stains and muck are cleaned better at different temperatures. Hope that helps or is at least interesting!

  2. Good comments Matt.
    Julie, Several months ago you did a posting on dishwashers. If I recall the article talked about stainless interiors and the European drying system like we see on Bosch, LG, and others verses the American system like we see on most GE, Whirlpool, Maytage etc. models. That might be a good one to post again as many consumers are coming through the holiday season where they may have had issues with their dishwashers especially when they needed quick turnarournd from one load to the next.

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