Dishwasher installation tends to cost a pretty penny. If you do not make use of your dishwasher in the appropriate manner, not only will you be missing out on its potential but you will also be decreasing its shelf life. Here are some tips to properly using your machine to avoid unnecessary repairs or replacement.
Get rid of food that is caked on dishes
The first thing you would need to do is remove any food chunks that may be stuck on your dishes. You do not have to rinse the dishes after you do this. All you need to do is ensure is that the chunks of food have been scraped off, as the dishwasher cannot do this for you. If there is food that was burnt on your cooking utensils, you will need to scrape this off too. Dishwashers are not designed to do this for you. Most dishwashers though can typically get rid of all kinds of food stains, so once you are done with the scraping, put them in the dishwasher.
Arrange crockery appropriately
Large, wide platters that should be placed at the sides of the dishwasher. This is to ensure that water is not being obstructed from reaching the other utensils that need to be cleaned. The top rack of the dishwasher should be reserved for your drinking glasses, tea and coffee mugs, as well as plastic items. You should check to ensure that the plastic items that you need to be cleaned are safe to be put in the dishwasher. On the bottom rack of the dishwasher, place your eating plates as well as your bowls.
Load glassware securely
Glass items should always be secured on the prongs in the dishwasher. This is to prevent them from breaking while they are being washed. Glassware shattering in the dishwasher could result in a horrific mess that is best avoided. For items that you used for baking, you should place them upside down on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. This ensures that they come in direct contact with the sprayer. When putting your cutlery in the basket for silverware, ensure that you insert them with their handles down. This does not apply for knives though, which should go in handles up.
Lastly, get your dishwashing detergent and fill both the dishwasher cups with it. Get your rinse agent and dispense a healthy amount of it to the rinse agent dispenser. Proceed to close the door of the dishwasher, ensuring that it is securely locked so that there are not any leaks. Select the wash cycle that would be best suited to the load of dishes that you want to be cleaned. Then select a dry cycle for once your dishes are done. Switch on the dishwasher.Read More