Today dishwashers are much more efficient than they used to be, but there are still ways you can make dishwashing less of a hassle.
These tips will help you get better dishwasher results with less dishwashing effort. You should also pay attention to maintaining your dishwasher, and you can always consult with your local appliance repair technician for professional advice.
1) Rinse before you wash
Most dishwashers come with a “rinse aid” dispenser, which is filled with blue liquid that helps the water sheet off your dishes in the dishwasher. If that’s not available in your dishwasher, don’t fret; it’ll work just fine without one! To give your dishwasher its best effort at rinsing without a rinse aid, simply scrape off large pieces of food from plates and bowls before loading them into the dishwasher. This will keep solids from settling on your dishware.
2) Load dishes by material
Load dishes according to the dishwasher type you have at home. If you have a European dishwasher, make sure all of your dishware is facing the same way, as dishes are loaded into European dishwashers horizontally instead of vertically . If you have an American-style dishwasher, load large items first and bulky items closest to the center so they don’t tip over. If you own a countertop dishwasher , obviously there’s no need for any rules about how to load it! Just place clean dishes where they fit best and use proper detergent amounts so your dishware gets clean .
3) Use the right amount of detergent
Although dishwasher-safe dishware is dishwasher safe, that doesn’t mean you should put dishware through a dishwashing cycle without dishwashing detergent. Be sure to use the right amount of dishwasher detergent. If your dishware still isn’t coming out clean after running it through a full cycle with dishwashing detergent, try adding another tablespoon or two of dishwashing liquid the next time you run your dishwasher and see if that gets your dishes cleaner .
4) Choose the right wash temperature
If you’re using regular (not concentrated) dishwashing liquids, some manufacturers recommend filling the main detergent cup all the way and others say to fill it only halfway. You can probably get away with filling it halfway most of the time, but if you notice your dishware isn’t getting clean, try filling it all the way.
Also be sure to check your dishwasher’s water temperature settings. Generally, dishwashers will have a High and a Low Temperature setting. Be sure to choose between these two settings, depending on whether or not your dishwasher can heat its own water (you’ll usually see an indicator light telling you when the dishwasher is heating water) and what type of dishware you’re washing. For example, if you live in an area where the tap water is soft (less than 120 ppm), dishwashers can save energy by keeping dishwashing cycles at low temperatures. If you use the High Temp for this type of tap water, your dishwasher will use more energy and it may not thoroughly clean your dishware.
5) Use the dishwasher as a dish rack to drip-dry
After running the dishwasher, don’t empty out all that dirty dishwashing water before unloading your dishes. Instead, let the dishwasher drain completely and open its door so you can take out one or two of your cleanest dishware items at a time to take up less space in the drying rack . Also, try keeping a pizza box in there next to other dry items for extra ventilation. If you come across a stubborn dish that doesn’t seem to be getting any cleaner no matter how many times you run the dishwasher through a cycle, place it face down on top of one dishwasher-safe dish to add more space inside the dishwasher. If you have a separate drying cycle for your dishwasher, run it once or twice after the dishwashing cycle has finished. Some dishwashers can automatically dry dishes when they sense moisture from them during a wash cycle, but if yours doesn’t have this ability, just hit a button to turn on the drying feature after your dishware is clean.
6) Use the dishwasher as a steamer for stuck-on food
No matter how hard you try, sometimes there’s going to be that stubborn little piece of eggshell stuck on an otherwise clean plate. To get rid of this difficult mess without resorting to tedious scrubbing, put half an inch of dishwasher detergent in the dishwasher, run it through a cycle without dishware , and let your dishwasher steam away .
7) Have patience when dishwashing stainless steel dishware
Unlike dishwasher-safe dishware made of plastic, stainless steel dishware can easily get watermarks or streaks on its surfaces. If you have this type of dishware, be sure to choose a low temperature for your dishwashing cycle so the detergent doesn’t strip away its polished shine. You should also take care not to leave copper utensils in the dishwasher with them because this will discolor the metal over time. On top of that, if you’re struggling to remove stuck-on food from your steel plates, try placing them dishwasher-side down to prevent water from seeping into dishware’s cracks and crevices.
8) Remove dishwashing detergent from dishwasher for a fresh dishwasher scent
For those who want their dishwashers to not only clean dishware, but also leave behind a nice dishwashing liquid scent , try running warm water through your empty dishwasher before turning it on and opening both its door and detergent caddy so the unheated air can mix with the room’s scented air. Wipe dry any excess moisture and open or rearrange dishware so they don’t sit stagnant in one area of the dishwashing machine. For an even better dishwashing odor experience, try addingented products such as baking soda or dishwasher powder to your dishwashing cycle.
Hope the above tips can make your life much easier with your dishwasher!
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