When thinking of things at home that require tips and tricks, it would seem as though loading a dishwasher is pretty straightforward. However, as anyone who's ever loaded or unloaded a dishwasher can attest, it really isn't as simple as one might think. If your dishes come out the dishwasher still a bit spotty, it might be time to check out some tips to increase cleanliness and reduce frustration.
Obviously, the first step is to prewash or rinse the dishes before they go in. This will cut down drastically on spotty dishes and leftover food particles being left behind. For some dishes, this step may not be necessary, especially if the dishwasher is starting right away.
Tips for the Top Rack: The top rack is reserved for plastic storage containers, anything you can drink out of, and bowls. For things like bowls and plastic storage containers, it's important to keep them angled and facing the water spray. So, if they are in the back, have them face the front and if they are in the front, have them face backward. Also, keep them spaced apart about two or three inches so the water and detergent has space to clean inside.
Cups, wine glasses, shot glasses, and mugs are a little trickier when it comes to keeping them clean. If you've ever noticed a small water spot on the inside after washing, it's probably due to the cup being placed on a prong of the tines, which prevents the water from being able to fully rinse out. Instead, place cups between the tines, keeping them angled to prevent water pooling on the bottoms. This is probably one of the most common issues with cups and can usually be solved with proper angling, however, if this isn't working, simply unload the bottom rack first.
Wine and champagne glasses can be tricky to place in the dishwasher. They can easily break or fall over. Some dishwashers have stem holders that fold down on the top rack. Take advantage of your dishwasher's features and become familiar with them, it can only enhance and ease your usage experience.
Tips for the Bottom Rack: The bottom rack is a bit of a messier place. Let's start with the utensils and silverware; aside from knives which should always be placed with the handle up for safety reasons, alternate the other utensils to keep them from clumping together. For instance, if many of your spoons are all placed face up, they can easily stack together tightly, preventing the detergent and water from cleaning them properly. Keep an eye on thin or long utensils. If placed on the bottom rack, they can sometimes prevent the dishwasher from working properly and should be placed flat on the top rack.
Just like the bowls, place the plates facing the center water spray as opposed to all the same way and keep them spaced apart for optimum coverage. The baking dishes and pots should be placed face down with a slight angle so the water can penetrate the entire inside. Also, cookie sheets and large flat pans should not be placed in front of the door as this prevents the soap from leaving the containment spot. Instead, put them along the sides or the back of the bottom rack.
Knowing how your dishwasher works will save you from making costly mistakes. For instance, knowing the heating element is usually on the bottom will help you understand why plastics like storage containers and children's plates should be left on the top rack. Otherwise, you run the risk of the plastic melting. Just a few minutes of research can go a long way to working smarter not harder, as the saying goes. After all, after a busy day with work and family, the last thing you need is to pull out the dishes only to realize they need another run through. For more information about appliances, contact a business such as All-American Appliance.