Can you imagine your kitchen without a dishwasher? A big NO here, if you are on the go all day. You will be thanking this giant washing vessel at the end of the day for its services. But you know what, only thanking is not enough you have to take care of it by following some tips and cautions.
Today here I’m going to tell you the tips and tricks that will make the best out of your dishwasher. by following these tips you will extend the lifespan of this workhorse. So let see what I have got for you:
1. Clear leftover food
The most important thing in the dishwasher is its filter and if it gets clogged you will not get the best cleaning from your dishwasher. For that you need to clear off all the leftover food from the dishes. I’m not asking to rinse them but just wipe the leftovers, that’s it.
2. Don’t Underestimate The Detergent
You might be throwing any dishwasher tablets or detergent into the dishwasher, but that is not a good practice. Bad quality of dishwasher detergents can lead to defecting the machine. From the bad quality, we mean the one with bleaching agents.
The Cascade pure and Finish pure dishwashing detergent are some of the best choices for cleaning.
3. Run Boiling Hot Water
The hot water works best for cleaning the dishes perfectly. Usually, the water connection to the dishwasher shares the same connection as the sink faucet. So you can run the hot water tap until it gets to 120 degrees and then start your dishwasher.
Moreover, you can also set the water heater to 120 degrees for the best cleaning results.
4. Clean It Thoroughly
As you will be putting dirty dishes now and then, so you need to clean the dishwasher thoroughly once a month if not in 2 weeks. For deep cleaning it, you need to remove all the detachable parts of it and then place a vinegar bowl into it. Now run the dishwasher to a full cycle and then wipe off it with a damp cloth. Also, wash the parts of the dishwasher and wipe outside with a damp cloth.
5. Tackle Hard Water
If you live in an area where the water condition is hard then there are strong chances of getting spotty and ugly dishes out of the dishwasher. You can check the water for hardness and then install a water softener kit on it for best cleaning results.
6. Load Dishes More Thoughtfully
When loading dishes don’t pile up everything on one another. This way you will be blocking the spray arms. Also don’t load the half dishwasher unless you have fewer dishes to do, because this way you will be wasting energy, water, and time.
7. Select The Cycle Wisely
Different dishwashers have different wash cycles. Most commonly the dishwasher has a normal cycle and a heavy cycle. For glasses and cups etc you can go for a normal cycle while for the greasy pans and pots you can select the heavy cycle. All the dishwashers come with their instruction manual, give it a read and then choose the cycle more thoughtfully.
8. Clear The Dishwasher From Clogs
Eventually, you will be loading dishes and despite wiping the food leftovers, clogs can and may happen in the dishwashers. You can check the spray arms and drains for clogs. In such a case you can use a needle or a toothpick for clearing up the debris.
Taking care of your dishwasher is a must if you want to make it last longer. If you follow proper cautions and tips you can make it last more than 10 years. In this guide, we tried to provide the best tips for getting the optimal results from your dishwasher. follow these and you will have a long-lasting workhorse for your kitchen.