How to use a Dishwasher – Main Points to Know


If you need to know how to use a Dishwasher – then please take a quick look through this short article which outlines all the main steps you need to know. A Dishwasher is now an essential appliance in the kitchen. Although it is easy to operate, there are some tips that will ensure that your dishes and cutlery come out sparkling clean.

1. Read the manual

Although most dishwashers are similar in design and functions, there are subtle differences in their operational cycles and the corresponding buttons. Read the manual that came with your dishwasher. Get familiar with the buttons on the front panel and its functions. Check the detergent container and ensure that you have the correct type of detergent. Inspect the layout of the dishwasher and check out the rack and hangers for various types of dishes and cutlery.

2.  Pre-wash rinse

Look at your dirty dishes. If there is a lot of loose food on the dishes then it is best to scrape food off the plates. This will save your filter from clogging quickly. Also if your dishes are heavily stained, with food burnt or stuck, then it is recommended that you give your dishes a light rinse. You don’t have to clean them completely but enough to ensure that no large food pieces are sticking to them. It also depends how old is your dishwasher, if it is fairly modern; 4-5 years old then it will probably be powerful enough to remove all the stains. However, for the older model, it is better to do a pre-wash.

3. Loading the dishwasher

Load the bottom rack first. Place taller and flatter items at the back and the sides, so that these items do not block the spray of water from the spray paddles. Stack dinner plates in their racks and smaller item like saucers and bowls closer to the center, making sure that they are slightly tilted so that their inner surfaces face the water jet.

In the top rack place cups, mugs and glassware. All these items should be placed upside down so that they face the water jet directly inside and also to ensure that water gets drained from them easily. Plastic items (if they are dishwasher safe) should also be placed on the top rack. It should be ensured the plastic items do not fall through to the heater element and get melted.

The pots and pans should be placed at the back ensuring that they do not obstruct the water flow. Some pans may have long handles, so ensure that the handles do not obstruct the spray paddle movement. Large platters should be stacked on the sides with a slight tilt facing the water spray.

Place your cutlery and silverware in the compartment designed for it. Place them so that the handles are in down position except for knives, which should be placed with handles up. Avoid putting in your best knives in the dishwasher. Avoid washing fragile wine glasses in the dishwasher. Keep the stainless steel items separate from silver or silver plated flatware as if they come in contact with each other the silverware may get pitted.

4. Add detergent

Use the type of detergent recommended by the manufacturer of your dishwasher. Use the correct amount of detergent, an excess is equally bad as too little. Use fresh detergent, clumped or old detergent may not be quite effective.

5. Select wash cycle and options

Choose the wash cycle which best matches your load. Choose the lightest cycle possible, if you have lightly stained dishes. Of course, you can choose normal or heavy cycle if your load demands it. Also, there may be an option to use dry-heat. To save on electricity, you may choose to air dry your dishes and not use the dry-heat option.

6. Clean the dishwasher

Do not think that since think that since a dishwasher is a cleaning appliance it will not get dirty itself. Over time it will get a build-up of grime and detergent residue plus the filter get clogged with food particles. Whenever you see a buildup of grime, give your dishwasher a cleanup by running it empty with some baking soda at the bottom. Rinse again by running another cycle pouring some vinegar in the detergent box. This will make it clean and odor-free.

7. Avoid washing these items in the dishwasher

Not everything should be washed in the dishwasher. Avoid small items that may fall through the racks. Children’s glasses and plates with designs, and items made of cast iron, pewter, sterling silver and non-stick material should be avoided.


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