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How to use your dishwasher

Whether you’ve just bought your first ever dishwasher or you haven’t upgraded in a while, our guide will help you get to grips with your new machine. From how to load it to working out what all those buttons do, read on for some essential tips.

What can I put in my dishwasher?

Dishwashers can wash pretty much most types of kitchenware. But it’s good to know what you can and can’t put in your dishwasher, so nothing gets damaged. Look out for the dishwasher safe symbol on your dishes, pots and pans, which means they can withstand hot temperatures. Take a peek at our short video to find out exactly what you can put in your dishwasher.

How to load my dishwasher

Some say it’s an artform, some say it’s a science, but loading the dishwasher the right way will give you the best results. Dishes and larger items should be loaded neatly on the bottom racks, with gaps between dishes for the water to reach all areas. Cutlery goes head down into the provided basket. The top shelf is for glasses, bowls and Tupperware. Face all these items down so that water can reach the most important areas. For a more in-depth guide, check out our short video.

Using the settings

Dishwashers come with a lot of cool settings and features, from super speedy quick washes to eco-friendly cycles that’ll save you money. Take a look at our short video to learn more about some of the most common settings and what they’ll do for your dishes.

Using detergent, salt and rinse aid

Dishwasher detergent usually comes in the form of tablets, but they can come in liquid and gel too. The detergent is what’s used to clean your dishes, pots, pans and glasses. Dishwasher salt, not to be confused with table salt, softens the harsh water coming in, which helps protect your dishes. Rinse aid is great for making your dishes come out shiny and dry. Find out more about these three cleaning tools and how and when you should use them in our short video.

How to clean my dishwasher

Our dishwashers do a fab job of keeping our dishes shiny and clean ready for tea, but sometimes they need a little clean themselves. Whether that’s running a rinse cycle every now and then or giving the filter a good scrub to stop blockages. It’s important to look after your dishwasher properly. Watch our quick video to find out how and when to give your dishwasher some TLC.

Using your appliances FAQs

Do I need to use salt and rinse aid in my dishwasher?
How is dishwasher salt different?
Can I open the dishwasher mid cycle?
Should I rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?
What shouldn’t I put in my dishwasher?
Can you use vinegar instead of rinse aid?
Can I use washing up liquid in a dishwasher?
Can I sterilise glass jars in a dishwasher?

Caring for your machine FAQs

What can I use to disinfect my dishwasher?
Why does my dishwasher smell?
How can I remove hardwater build up?
How do I get rid of mould in my dishwasher?
How often should I clean my dishwasher?