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How to load your dishwasher

Buying a dishwasher is a worthwhile investment. However, the way you use a dishwasher can have an impact on its longevity. Often, users complain that their dishwashers aren’t churning out clean utensils. There are chances that the problem is with how you operate your dishwasher. The most common mistakes that happen are often related to loading. Let’s understand the right way to load your dishwasher.

1) Read the manual

This may be a no-brainer, but it’s important to read the manufacturer’s manual. Peruse it thoroughly for detailed instructions and follow them to the T.

2) No need to rinse your dishes most of the time

Many people have a habit of pre-rinsing dishes before they place them in the dishwasher. Your dishwashers are designed to scrape all the food remains and if you think a higher water pressure is needed, there are settings on your dishwasher for full force. Pre-rinsing leads to a lot of water wastage. Instead, we suggest that you scrape off large particles like bones and then directly place your dishes in the appliance. If you haven't used your dishwasher for a very long time, you can go for a slight rinse so that your dishwasher doesn't smell. And if your dishwasher does break down, buying a new one may be a less expensive option as compared to repair.

3) Keep your water hot

Your water should be at the right temperature. When it is at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, your dishwasher can give its best performance. You can use a thermometer to measure the temperature. However, make sure the water is not scalding hot as it can cause injuries to you or your children.

4) Use pods or tablets

Pods always perform better compared to traditional liquid and powder detergents. Once you start using pods, you will realize that there will be no water spots on your dishes and no film or discoloration. If you use pods, you don’t have to measure the dosage and they are very easy to store. Today, most dissolve quickly and are also environmentally friendly. Both tablets and pods occupy less kitchen space and provide effective cleaning.

5) Don’t load items that aren’t dishwasher-safe

There are a lot of items that aren't suitable for your dishwasher including knives, non-stick cookware, cast iron, antiques, crystal, cookware made of brass, bronze, acrylic, dishes with paper labels, etc. When you put a non-stick pan in the dishwasher, the coating can break down and render the dishware ineffective. Putting knives in the dishwasher can blunt them. Hot water can melt plastic or discolor gold-finished flatware. It's important to abide by this tip so that both your utensils and your dishwasher last long.

6) Don’t block the rotating spray arms

The spray arms shoot water and detergent so that the dishes get a thorough cleaning. Items can easily get in the way and interfere with the cleansing action. Make sure you don’t block the arms. Items that have long handles should be placed on the sides as the spray arms won’t reach the ends. Other long items like spatulas can be placed on the rack flat.

7) Don’t crowd the utensils

Leave some space between glasses and other breakable glassware as shooting water streams can cause the utensils to bang against each other and crack. They can also develop water spots. The best way to retain the dishware in their original position is by simply using dishwasher clips.

8) Know what your top and bottom racks are for

The lower rack can be used for your large plates, pots, pans and bowls. On the upper rack, place glassware, cups and smaller utensils. There will be a designated space for even smaller utensils, spoons, forks, etc. Follow these golden rules to load your dishwasher. You can also refer to the instructions manual. Having said that, dishwashers today are more versatile than ever before. Your dishwasher doesn't have to face the centre to receive the full force of water streams. Now, dishwashers are much more effective and the water will eventually reach every nook and cranny.

9) Don’t forget to close the detergent compartment

Leaving the compartment open causes the detergent to wash down the drain at the bottom and will not clean your dishes effectively.

10) Don’t run your dishwasher half-full

You should always use your dishwasher to its full capacity. Running it half-full will waste water, cause breakage and will leave your dishes unclean. At the same time, make sure you don’t overfill it.

11) Unload the dishwasher in the right order

The first step you should take is to unload the bottom dishwasher rack first. The cups and bowls can collect water after a cycle has run. Don’t unload them first as water can drip on the other clean dishes.

12) Don’t ignore water spots

Often, water spots can show up on your glassware. This can be because of hard water. Add water softeners to each load. You will notice that the spots won’t be visible anymore and you don’t have to spend time wiping down freshly cleaned glassware. You can also add baking soda to the detergent box once in a while to clean your dishwasher of buildup.

13) Don’t mix metals

Stainless steel and silver dishware should be kept away from each other. Not many people know that when there’s friction between the two, a reaction can occur that can cause the silver to deteriorate. It’s better to wash them in separate loads or keep them at a distance if you have to wash them in a single load. We hope that you are now well-versed with ways you can correctly load your dishwasher. Following these practices will make your dishwasher last in the long run. To buy the best dishwasher and to get great advice, visit our premium retail outlets near you or call us at 8001279999 for assistance.