Having a dishwasher is great for saving energy, time and effort. But did you know that there are things you can do to make washing up even easier? Read our top ten tips for getting the most out of your new dishwasher.
Top 10 Tips For Perfect Dishwashing
Clean out the filter
No matter how well you rinse your dishes before loading them in, you’ll always find bits of soggy food in your dishwasher’s filter. Over time, these leftover bits can cause unpleasant odours in your dishwasher. Simply taking the filter out of the machine and running it under a hot tap can get rid of any stray bits of food, giving you a cleaner wash.
Clean around the outside of the dishwasher
With all the washing going on inside your appliance, it’s easy to forget about the outside of your dishwasher. Food splatters can gather around the sealant of the door, which can rot and cause leaks. Giving your dishwasher’s door a quick wipe with a gentle surface spray will get rid of any bits of dirt that could be harmful to your machine.
Use dishwasher salt
Hard water can not only ruin your dishes, but it can also clog up your dishwasher. This means that over time your dishes might not come out as clean as you’d like. By topping up your washer with dishwasher salt every month, water will neutralise, meaning you get a better clean and your dishes will be well looked after.
Remove and clean the arms
The arms in your dishwasher spin around whilst spraying hot water on your dishes. Sometimes the arms can become blocked, meaning that water can’t get out properly. Dishwasher arms are easily removed, and can be washed in the sink using warm soapy water. To clear blockages inside the holes, use a toothpick.
Run dishwasher hot and empty
Occasionally your dishwasher will benefit from cleaning itself. Make sure your machine is empty, and put it on a hot wash. This cleans the inside of your dishwasher, killing any nasty germs. To add a bit of extra power, pour a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. This will get rid of limescale, and will neutralise any unpleasant smells.
Make the most of clever functions
Some dishwashers come with handy features that make it easier to load, wash, and unload your dishes. Look out for designated cutlery trays, automatic drying functions, quick wash and zone washing technology. Making the most of these clever bits of tech can save you time, money and energy.
Don't overcrowd the dishwasher
It’s tempting to keep loading until all of your dirty dishes are inside your dishwasher. No matter how much room it looks like you have, your dishwasher is only designed to fit a certain amount of place settings. The more room there is in your dishwasher for water and soap to move around, the cleaner your dishes will be when they come out.
Rinse your dishes before they go in
If you don’t rinse your dishes before they go in you’ll waste more time, energy and money. Giving your plates, bowls and pans a good rinse under a running tap means that bits of leftover food won’t end up in the bottom of your dishwasher, and your plates will come out sparkling.
Use the right cycle
Did you know that there are different cycles to choose from on your new dishwasher? If you’re looking to save time, some models have a quick wash setting. For those more stubborn stains, make the most of intense cycle settings to really get stuck in. It’s worth finding out about your dishwasher’s settings if you want to get the most out of your appliance.
Don't overuse detergent
Overusing dish detergent can damage your crockery, as well as the inside of your dishwasher. By using the right amount of detergent, you can help your dishwasher run better for longer.