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The Ultimate Dishwasher Quiz
by Staff
If you're lucky enough to have one in your kitchen, a dishwasher waits patiently in your kitchen to clean all your dirty dishes for you. Take this test to see whether you know what really goes on inside while your dishes are bathing!

Why was the modern dishwasher invented?

  • to cut down on the time that servants spent washing dishes
  • to make cleaning up after large families easier
  • to prevent the chipping of fine china

What is the typical life span of a dishwasher?

  • nine years
  • 12 years
  • 15 years

How should you prep your dishes for the dishwasher?

  • Scrape off larges pieces of food before loading.
  • Rinse the dishes well before loading.
  • Don't do anything.

Approximately how much water could be saved by not rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?

  • 10 gallons (38 liters)
  • 15 gallons (57 liters)
  • 20 gallons (76 liters)

What is the largest size dishwasher made for residential use?

  • 24 inches (61 centimeters)
  • 30 inches (76 centimeters)
  • 36 inches (91 centimeters)

What makes the spray arms inside the dishwasher rotate?

  • Each arm is equipped with a small motor that makes it rotate.
  • The water spraying from the nozzles creates the spin.
  • A motor located at the top of the dishwasher moves the arms.

What is the purpose of the reversible pump in your dishwasher?

  • to pump water in and out of the dishwasher
  • to pump water to the spray arms and out of the dishwasher
  • to pump water in the dishwasher and to the spray arms

What is the best way to load silverware into a dishwasher?

  • Group them together by type.
  • All the handles should be pointing up.
  • Load spoons in opposite directions.

What is one of the most frequent complaints about dishwashers?

  • Plates crack from the heat.
  • Glasses chip from banging into each other.
  • Dishes stay dirty.

Which type of dishwasher control system cleans better?

  • computerized control
  • mechanical control
  • Both clean equally well.

Approximately how much water does it take for a dishwasher to wash a full load of dishes?

  • eight gallons (30 liters)
  • 11 gallons (42 liters)
  • 15 gallons (57 liters)

When shopping for an energy-efficient dishwasher in the U.S., what rating can you use to help make a decision?

  • Energy Star chart
  • Association of Home Appliances chart
  • appliance store ratings

What is an important feature to consider if your dishwasher is close to your living room or family room?

  • It can be controlled by your television remote control.
  • The dishwasher matches the nearby decor.
  • It has heavy insulation to cut down on noise when running.

If your home has hard water, what adjustment should be made when using your dishwasher?

  • Use a little less detergent.
  • Use a little more detergent.
  • Run the dishwasher when it's three-fourths full.

What can you use in a pinch if you run out of dishwasher detergent?

  • powdered laundry detergent
  • liquid dish detergent
  • Nothing; wait until you have more dishwasher detergent.

Which of the following is NOT an option for conserving energy when using your dishwasher?

  • Wash your dishes in cold water.
  • Skip the heated dry cycle.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full.

When selecting a dishwasher, what factors are most important?

  • number of features and options
  • size and durability
  • cycle time length and rack position

How can you help avoid spots on your glassware?

  • Remove them before the heated drying cycle and hand dry them.
  • Rinse them before loading.
  • Use a rinse aid in the dishwasher.

What is a drawer dishwasher?

  • the top rack of the dishwasher
  • a small dishwasher
  • a place to store clean dishes

Which of the following should you NEVER put in a dishwasher?

  • cast iron
  • stainless steel
  • silver