I think my dishwasher isn't upholding its end of the bargain…
Q - How do I know if my dishwasher is doing all that it should? Sometimes I get the feeling my dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be.
John in Sandy Springs
A - Well John, you could simply ask her. Say, "Honey, are you getting the dishes as clean as you should be?"
Seriously though, dish washers do wear down as time goes on and on occasion need a servicing or, perhaps, you are due a new one.
One thing you can try is the old Lip-Stick Test.
Have the wife put on some lipstick before dinner. Eat, drink from glasses, lick plates just as you would do during any usual meal, and then put all the dishes in the washer.
After the wash cycle is over (and the dry too) unload the dishwasher and take a close look at the glasses and forks. Do you still see some Amber Rose on your utensils? That means your washer is not doing its job.
And if lipstick is not being cleaned off properly you can pretty well be sure that bacteria and viruses are probably thriving on your dishes and cutlery as well.
(Especially check the forks - forks are notoriously the most difficult utensils to clean).
That means you will either have to pre-rinse more thoroughly, use a better dishwashing detergent, and/or consider having a qualified appliance specialist over to check out your machine.
Or, you may be due a new one.