Dishwasher Mistakes To Avoid


Unhappy with the cleaning level of your dishwasher? Is your dishwasher leaving spots on the dishes or a film of detergent or layers of grime? Before you spend a lot of money repairing or replacing your dishwasher, read these do and don’ts of dishwasher usage. Maybe your dishwasher will clean perfectly every time if you make a small change in your habits!

  • Don't leave the detergent cup open when you start a load. It comes with a little door and that should be closed. If the door is left open, the detergent washes into the bottom of the appliance and goes down the drain without even touching your dishes. If the door won't close, you may be using too much detergent. Be sure to check the label or the instruction manual for the proper amount.
  • Adding extra detergent to get dishes extra clean is not a good idea. That little extra won't make your dishes any cleaner and may leave a film on them. If your dishes aren't getting as clean as you like, it may be the placement of your dishes or the brand of detergent, not the amount.
  • Dishwashers may be able to clean an amazing amount of grime, but there is a limit to how much they can take. Scrape all plates and pans with a plastic spatula before putting them into your dishwasher to be on the safe side.
  • If you have hard water, your dishes are going to be spotty. Also, ignoring hard water can do more than just leave spots on your dishes, it can also build up in the mechanisms of the dishwasher, eventually leading to costly repairs.
  • If you are putting more than one plate in each slot or stacking cups, then you're overcrowding your dishes. Not only will they not wash properly, but they also may clang together and chip or break. Always give your items enough room so they don't touch.
  • Don't let any item hang below the bottom rack. The sprayer can get hung up on the item, which will not only lead to dirty dishes, but also may cause your dishwasher to break down.
  • Pots and pans should always go on the bottom rack. The bottom rack is sturdier and it's also closer to the jets, so the hardest to scrub items will get the best blasting. Also, wash cast iron by hand to avoid rust.
  • Using dishwashing liquid (or any other type of cleanser) in a dishwasher is a bad idea. Only use cleansers that are meant for dishwashers. Dishwashing liquid will bubble up and you may end up with a flooded floor.
  • The best temperature for washing your dishes is 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 Celsius). If your dishwasher has a heating element, don't neglect the water heating option.
  • Your new dishwasher may run for three hours on a normal load, but don't worry. Today's dishwashers may take longer, but they are designed to use less water and electricity than older dishwashers that could do a load much faster.

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