We have been with our dishwashers almost our entire life, and we have created practices in using these through the years. But did you know that some practices commonly used by many of us are incorrect? Are you one of those people that incorrectly use their dishwashers? Let’s find out by choosing between “x” and “✓” before each entry below.
[x] or [✓] Placing a pan full of left over food into the dishwasher
While dishwashers are for washing dishes, it does not mean that human participation in cleaning is totally removed. For example, in instances when chunks of foods are left on the plate, it is best to simply scrape these out of the plate using a spoon and toss into the trash. Why? Because not doing so would result to utensils covered in food bits after the cycle. These chunks could also clog the drain resulting to overflow that could get into the dishes. Now, where is the cleaning in that?
[x] or [✓] Putting all of the utensils in one round
Time is gold; we all know that. However, maximizing time by overcrowding the dishwasher could be harmful than helpful. Not only would the dishwasher not wash properly, there is also a huge chance of the utensils clanking together resulting to chipping or breaking. If your utensils do not have room to move, then you’re probably overcrowding.
[x] or [✓] Using dishwashing liquid
Whether we admit it or not, dishwashing liquids are still popular these days, yet just because both dishwashing liquids and dishwashers have “dish” and are used in “washing” mean that they should work hand-in-hand. Most dishwashing liquids bubble up, and this could make the dishwasher to overflow. And we all know that overflows lead to dirty dishes and a flooded floor.
[x] or [✓] Adding more detergent
When using the dishwasher, it does not follow that the more the detergent, the cleaner the plates. Using more detergent than needed could leave a film of detergent on the entire contents of the dishwasher. Who want to eat tasting soap? No one.
[x] or [✓] Removing items at the top rack
When standing up, the items at the top rack are more accessible, so some think of getting them first. Stop right there. There are times that utensils at the top, such as cups and bowls, collect pool of water during a cycle. Removing these could spill the pool of water onto the clean dishes below. So to avoid this, remove those at the bottom rack first.
[x] or [✓] Placing forks, spoons, and knives in their own compartments
Compartments are there for a reason, but placing spoons together could make them “nest” together making it difficult for the dishwasher’s water jets to reach the spoons’ surface and clean them. Thus, to ensure spoons are cleaned, consider exchanging between handle up and handle down.
[x] or [✓] Loading trays and cookie sheets in front
Large, flat items should always be on the side or back of the lower rack of the dishwasher and never in the front because if these cover the dispenser, the dishwasher might not be able to properly release the dishwashing detergent.
[x] or [✓] Ignoring the food trap
What’s a “food trap”? This is the dishwasher’s designated area often located under the spray arm and at the bottom of the dishwasher that catches the food remnants from each cycle. This needs to be checked and cleaned at least once a week to ensure the dishwasher’s proper run.
So which got a check above? With these mistakes, let’s hope that your next dishwasher use would be mistake-free. Did I miss anything? Let me know by commenting! 🙂