Dishwashers make our lives easier, but in order for them to work as intended, it’s important to load them properly. “Improper loading can keep your machine from working efficiently,” notes Brian Sansoni, senior vice president for the American Cleaning Institute. “Carefully load your dishwasher, putting things in their proper place and not overloading it.” For example, make sure the dirty parts can be reached by the sprayer arms, mix up the silverware so items don’t stick together, and keep your cups on the top drawer and upside down. Sansoni also says it’s important to keep your dishwasher itself clean so it remains efficient and effective. Try the Lemi Shine Dishwasher Cleaner, which breaks down lime, calcium, rust, and grease buildup while also deodorizing. If your dishes aren’t getting clean after a cycle, even when you’re doing everything right, your dishwasher might be dying.