There are few appliances that rival the convenience of the dishwasher. Washing dishes for one or two people is not usually too taxing, but beyond that the dishwasher is a huge time-saver. However, it’s important to maintain the dishwasher if you want to get the most out of the appliance.
Following a few small steps can save you money and time.
Keep reading for old and new tips that will improve the health of your dishwasher and leave dishes cleaner than ever.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Be sure to put smaller bowls on the top rack. Properly rinse the inside of the bowl and stack them on an incline. This will allow the inside to be properly cleaned and allow extra room to add utensils in between the bowls.
Glasses Belong Up Top
Coffee mugs, glasses and other cups belong on the top as well. Be sure not to cram them together, as glasses can crack if they are too close to each other due to vibration from the dishwasher.
What About the Plates?
Some dishwashers perform best when you wash plates off completely before starting a load of dishes, while others merely need you scrape off the larger particles of food first.
It’s a good idea to read over the manual before using your dishwasher for the first time.
It’s recommended to orient plates towards the center of the dishwasher to ensure the heaviest stream of soap and water onto the eating surface.
Do not put multiple plates in one spot on the rack.
Like glasses, the vibration of two plates together can easily break them.
You Can Put Pots and Pans in the Dishwasher, Too
In order to save space, it is often recommended to wash larger items like pots and pans by hand. If you must put pots and pans in the dishwasher, it’s good practice to place them face down on the rack.
You can also put baking sheets and other larger items on the outside of the rack.
Doing so will keep the larger items away from the other dishes and keep the water flowing to everything inside.
Some Items Do Not Belong
It’s also important to know what should be avoided in the dishwasher. Iron, bronze, and pewter can rust and corrode over time.
Plastic utensils will often melt or warp from the heat.
Finally, sharp knives should be washed by hand as the edge can rub against plastic or other metal and dull rapidly.
It’s rather easy to prevent damage to the dishwasher by not overloading it. Overloading will result in dishes not being properly cleaned, which is a waste of time and money. It is also good practice to run the hot water and the garbage disposal before running a cycle.
Doing so will result in your dishwasher starting the cycle with hot water and a clean drain.