ave you ever loaded the dishwasher – only to find your partner redoing it ‘properly’ later?
What loading it ‘properly’ actually means can be a bone of contention in many households, but getting the job done right will help ensure dishes really do come out clean, as well as saving time and energy.
As the experts at Finish Dishwasher Tablets point out: “Dishwashers come in all shapes and sizes, but generally there are a few rules to follow when it comes to filling your dishwasher. Thinking about how you stack your dishwasher can ultimately make doing the dishes that little bit easier.”
So now’s your chance to (hopefully) nip those loading quarrels in the bud, by becoming your home’s dishwasher authority. Here are 10 dishwasher ‘rules,’ including some top tips from Finish along with a few of our own...
Just scrape leftover food off dishes, there’s no need to pre-wash them. Anything thick and caked on should be removed, but smaller particles like grains of rice may come off in the dishwasher. However, wiping off with a cloth will lead to much better results. Let experience be your guide, and if dishes aren’t coming out clean, try pre-rinsing in hot water to loosen food before it hardens onto them. Proteins such as eggs and cheese, cooked or baked-on foods, and starches that have dried onto the dish often require extra attention.
When putting glasses in the dishwasher, make sure they aren’t touching each other, because the water pressure could make them bang against each other and break. Smaller glasses should go on the top rack and taller glasses on the bottom. If you have a plastic, mesh-like piece on the top rack, use it to grip wine-glass stems to stop them from getting scratched or cracked.
If you stack things slightly on their side, it not only ensures the detergent reaches everything, but also helps the water drain away effectively. So lean dishes inwards and downwards if you can. “There’s nothing more annoying than picking up something quickly, thinking it’s dry and then throwing some water at yourself,” says one of the Finish pros.
While you should always make sure the dishwasher’s full, so you’re getting value for money (and being energy-efficient) with each wash, it’s never good to overcrowd it. This will lead to items not being properly Dishes that are stacked on top of each other won’t be entirely secure and could be dislodged by the pressure of the water, leading to breakages. Stack bowls neatly at an angle, so the detergent can get inside them and so they’ll drain. But don’t let them take up too much room.
Either wash sharp knives by hand, or put them face down in the cutlery rack to avoid accidents. Put all the other cutlery handle-down, separating pieces as much as possible. Bigger pieces of cutlery, like serving spoons, should be laid down on the top shelf, facing down so water doesn’t collect in them.