Have you purchased a dishwasher recently or else did someone present it to you? Are you not sure of how to use the dishwasher?
We have covered here how to use Dishwasher in 3 ways –
loading the dishwasher, running the dishwasher, and cleaning the dishwasher. Let’s dive into each section to have a sound knowledge about them.
I) LOADING THE DISHWASHER
The first step that you need to know is how to use the dishwasher to load your used dishes in the dishwasher.
1) Rinse – You cannot put your vessels directly into the dishwasher after it has been used. The small particles and other waste substances have to be removed.
Make sure that you rinse your dishes once before placing them into it. However, you needn’t clean them perfectly.
2) Bottom Rack – After rinsing the utensils, place them in their dedicated places. Place the pots, casseroles, bowls, pans and plates on the bottom rack.
The spray nozzle in the dishwasher must face all the dishes. Try to place the dishes pointed downwards which ensures thorough washing.
- Make sure silver and stainless-steel vessels do not touch each other. There may be a chance for a chemical reaction once you use the dishwasher for washing.
- Place platters and flat pots near the back of the machine.
- Place the silverware in the rack intended for silverware.
3) Top Rack – Load the mugs and glasses in the top rack of the dishwasher. Try to place them in the downward direction as much as possible so that it cleans the insides.
Try not to use the washer for wine glasses as they tend to break due to their shapes. It best-advised handing wash costly wine glasses.
4) Detergent – Know how much detergent must be added! Loading in excessive detergent or soap might leave a soapy residue on the dishes. Make sure to follow the instructions on the detergent label to see how much quantity to add.
Even if the dishes are very dirty, do not add extra detergent. Liquid detergent or powder is preferred over pods. They clean better and are also cheaper.
5) Plastic – Be careful to place the plastic items on the racks. As they are light in weight, they may tend to wiggle during the wash and causes dislodging.
6) Avoid – Not everything can be washed in a dishwasher. Try to avoid loading the following in the machine:
- Glasses that have printed design
- Nonstick utensils
- Expensive dishes
- Cookware made out of wood, aluminium, cast iron and pewter
II) RUNNING THE DISHWASHER
The next step that you need to know is how to use the dishwasher to make it run. Choose between the three cycles based on your requirement.
1) Lightest cycle – In order to save water, you should opt for the lightest cycle that is available. This way, you would be able to save both water and electricity.
2) Intensive cycle – For utensils that were used for heavy cooking, choose a more intensive wash program as might require a stronger wash. The dishes that are greasy can be cleaned using this program type.
3) Air dry – If you have ample time to do the washing, then go for air washing instead of making use of the dishwasher to dry. This will save you some water and electricity.
III) CLEANING THE DISHWASHER
The last step that you need to know is how to use the dishwasher to clean it. Make sure you clean all the parts of the dishwasher, both interior and exterior.
1) Exterior – After the machine is used, the exterior of the machine should be wiped or cleaned of any spilled food or fingerprints. If the exterior is made up of plastic, then use a sponge and a soap solution.
If the exterior is made up of stainless steel, then use a glass cleaner. Do not spray the glass cleaner directly onto the machine, it might corrode the electronic coils. Apply it to a rag or a paper towel and then use it to clean the fingerprints or spills.
2) Filter – Dishwashers have built-in filters that can be found on the bottom rack. Make sure to clean the filter from any dirt or grainy substances. When the filter is cleaned, don’t forget to put it back in place before you use the dishwasher.
3) Accessories – Just as you clean the filter, make sure to clean the removable wire racks and holders after you use the dishwasher. You may use a sponge or a brush or run it under water to remove any stains from these parts.
4) Tub – Before you clean the tub, make sure to remove dirt or debris on the bottom of the washer using a paper towel. Then, place a bowl of vinegar on the top rack. Run the machine for a full cycle with the bowl in place.
This will clean the tub and use a paper towel to remove any excess dirt after the cycle is complete.