It’s safe to say that the invention of the dishwasher has had a profound impact in streamlining our domestic lives. Invented some hundred and thirty years ago, it still saves us a lot of time, effort, energy, and water. Yet, most dishwashers could be even more efficient, provided users follow these simple tips and tricks.
What is there to know about dishwashers, you ask? In theory, you load them with dirty dishes, add some detergent (in whichever shape or form), and push a button. Right? Well, not entirely. If you don’t want to end up with “cleaned” plates still covered in food residue or stained glasses, we suggest you pay attention to these simple tips that will help you get the most out of your dishwasher.
Scrape that plate
As usually stated in the user manual (which nobody ever really reads), the cleaning ability of most dishwasher’s is compromised when you deposit too much food residue into it. Though it might seem obvious, scraping leftover food off the plates before putting them into the dishwasher is one habit to learn. Period. There’s good news too – you don’t have to pre-rinse the dishes, the high temperature inside the dishwasher will take care of it.
Check the water source
Are your cleaned glasses and plates still full of limescale residue? Hard water can have that effect. In case your dishes are still spotty after being washed in a dishwasher, check the water source. If your water is hard, use an additional water softener to prevent stains and mineral build-up. Also, always only use an environment-friendly detergent(s).
Load it up, but be smart about it
Maximising your dishwasher’s energy and efficiency – as stated in the user manual – is to load it up with dishes. Yet, you should be smart about it. Overcrowding or overloading the dishwasher can block the spray arms and prevent water from reaching all surfaces so the result might not be what you expected.
Cycle selection is there for a reason
If your dishwasher isn’t one of the latest models equipped with super intelligence, a bunch of sensors, or automated, it probably requires you to choose the appropriate cycle for the dishes that you are cleaning. Most dishwashers have some sort of a regular cycle for normal cleaning, a heavy-duty cycle for deep cleaning, and a light cycle for china or fragile items. There might be an eco-cycle option for energy saving as well. If your dishes aren’t too dirty, you can choose the eco option or a program cycle with lower temperatures, as this will result in a lower energy bill.
There is (basic) maintenance too
Dishwashers aren’t maintenance-free devices. To avoid failure, leaks, and/or damage one should at least clean them occasionally. If you see stuck-on food particles, residual detergent, and mineral build-up on interior mechanisms of the dishwasher, this means it is high time to clean it. You don’t need special chemicals for this task, just run your dishwasher on a normal cycle using two cups of white vinegar instead of detergent. Being extra thorough, you can also wipe down the interior walls and racks with a solution of vinegar and baking soda.
A good thing to remember is to occasionally check for clogs. These usually develop in the spray arm and the drain, but fixing this is quite easy. Just use a toothpick or needle to dislodge any particles.
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