Dishwashers can save you valuable time in the kitchen. Who doesn’t want to skip out on the extra work after cooking a meal? While it may be tempting to just throw your dishes in, there are some key tricks you should implement to get the most out of your dishwasher. The last thing you want is to have to clean those dishes again after.
Rinse Before Washing
Modern dishwashers on the market are powerful enough to de-grime your dishes, but it’s best to give your dishes a rinse before loading them in. This will prevent any larger bits to remain stuck on your dishes. Take some time to scrape off any residue from your meals in the trash beforehand.
Overloading Your Dishwasher
Filling your dishwasher to max capacity will diminish its performance. It may seem easier to load everything at once for one wash, but this can lead to more work if the dishes are half clean after. Packed bowls or plates at the bottom of a washer can block the sprayers, preventing your other dishes from getting clean.
The Right Detergent
Powder detergents usually contain bleach which prevents build up in your washer over time, but it’s best to pay attention to the recommended amount of detergent. An excess can result in a film like residue on your dishes.
Clean Your Dishwasher
If your dishwasher is giving off a smell or there’s visible buildup, it’s time to clean it. Remove the dishwasher trap if you can and wash it in your sink. Clean the seals regularly throughout the dishwasher with a microfiber cloth. You can also place a cup of white vinegar at the bottom of the dishwasher and run a normal cycle to clean out food bits.
Sources: Apartment Therapy