Not many people enjoy dishwashing as a chore. As such, dishwasher sales have steadily grown over the years as this appliance becomes a staple in households. However, just because you have an appliance ready to do your dishes does not mean that it will not require some attention from time to time. Neglecting the maintenance of this equipment and not putting into consideration measures that would make its work easier will greatly decrease its lifespan. Below are some tips that you can help you to make the most of your dishwasher.
Tip 1: Always scrape off dishes prior to washing them
An assumption that some people have when it comes to dishwashers is that all you should do is pop the dirty dishes in and let the appliance do its magic. The reality though is that some foods are much harder to clean off than others are. This is why when manually washing dishes you will find you will spend more time doing dishes after some meals than others. The same applies for your dishwasher. If there are stubborn particles on your plates, the dishwasher either will work harder to eliminate them or will not do a proper job of providing you with gleaming dishes. Always take a little time to scrape off significant food residue from your dishes before popping them in the dishwasher to ensure sufficient cleaning.
Tip 2: Steer clear from overcrowding
Another false assumption that some people have is that the more dishes they can cram in their dishwasher, the fewer cycles it will have to complete. The truth of the matter is the more overcrowded your dishwasher is, the higher the chances you will have to rerun the load of dishes again to ensure they are cleaned properly. Granted, some people may want to avoid washing a few extra dishes and will opt to stuff them in the dishwasher. But the laziness will translate into increased utility bills from the water and power consumed by rerunning dishwashing cycles. Always try your best to fill the dishwasher to its proper capacity and clean any leftover dishes manually or wait until the next time you will be doing a large load of dishes.
Different dishwasher brands will of course have appliances of different sizes, so if you're getting a new dishwasher, think about how often you need and/or want to run the dishwasher.
Tip 3: Run your hot water before turning on the dishwasher
To ensure that your dishes are always gleaming, you should run your water beforehand until it reaches the desired temperature. Failure to do so means that your dishwasher cycle will start off with cold water until the water heats up. This can impede the efficiency of the cleaning process.