Get the most out of your dish­washer

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IF YOU find bend­ing to load a dish­washer tire­some, then Elec­trolux’s new re­lease will change your at­ti­tude about do­ing the dishes.

Hailed as a world first, the Com­fortLift dish­washer has a lift­ing mech­a­nism that raises the lower bas­ket to a com­fort­able height.

Stoke­house ex­ec­u­tive chef and Elec­trolux am­bas­sador Richard Ousby says even the best dish­washer needs a com­mon­sense ap­proach when you are load­ing it for op­ti­mum per­for­mance.

He of­fers his stack­ing tips:

DO

Stack smart: Place plates with tougher, dried-on food stains

closer to the mid­dle so they get the full force of the spray. Set the right wash­ing cy­cle: Dirty dishes will re­quire a longer, hot­ter and more heavy­duty cy­cle, how­ever this isn’t nec­es­sary for every load. Choose a dish­washer with eco and flex­i­ble pro­grams to save on en­ergy. Stack small items on top and

large on the bot­tom: It might sound ob­vi­ous but next time you catch your­self try­ing to stuff those fi­nal pieces into the ma­chine – take note. You’ll fit more in, re­ceive a bet­ter clean and save time if you prop­erly stack in the first place. Place cut­lery han­dle up: It is safer and means you won’t have dirty hands grab­bing at

the tops with every wash. Clean your dish­washer reg­u­larly: Avoid un­pleas­ant odours by putting your dish­washer through an empty rinse cy­cle to clear out grease and any lin­ger­ing food scraps.

DON’T

Stress about rins­ing every item: Scrape off ex­ces­sive food scraps but don’t worry about a thor­ough pre-rinse – clean­ing these stains is the dish­washer’s job. Place plas­tics and Tup­per­ware on the top shelf: As the wa­ter emit­ted from the dish­washer jets is very hot, it’s best to place them on the top shelf to avoid warp­ing. Place every dirty kitchen ap­pli­ance

into the washer: Some items aren’t de­signed to sur­vive the rigour of a usual wash­ing cy­cle. Even wooden uten­sils can crack and split. Make sure you check if each item is dish­washer-friendly. Face dishes in the same di­rec­tion: A cy­cle will have the best re­sult if dishes mimic the shape of the dish­washer’s spray arm. Plates at the front of the ma­chine should face the back and plates at the back should face the front. Over­load your dish­washer: You might think that you’re sav­ing wa­ter by cram­ming many things into a sin­gle cy­cle but you’ll change your tune when most of them come out need­ing a sec­ond clean.

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