How To Load A Dishwasher Correctly
Everyone can load a dish washer but not everyone can load a dish washer properly, this is when this post becomes overly useful especially if you have never tried using a dish washer before. One reason as to why your dishes may not get thoroughly clean is poor loading of items into the dish washer, and if you are not so lucky poor loading of a dish washer can even result into dishes breaking or getting damaged. Loading a dish washer wrongly can also result into wastage of time, water and energy therefore take in your power to go through these simple ways on how best to load a dish washer.
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Get off any large or visible food remainders: you definitely cannot expect the larger food items to also be removed in the dish washer so if you see any bones, peelings, seeds and rice particles, first get them off if you want your dishes faultlessly clean. If you see it necessary go ahead and pre-rinse dishes with hard to remove food stains, just rinse off because the dish washer will do most of the washing.
Start arranging items into the top section: not all items are supposed to go into the top section, it is only cups, glasses, saucers, any plastics that are dish washer safe, bowls and even wine glasses that are not too long to hit the top of the drawer. Ensure that bowls are facing down because it is the only way detergent will get inside the bowl to make it clean.
- All plastic items must always be put in the top section because the bottom section is nearer to the heating element so putting plastics in the top section cuts down the possibility of them melting.
Stack items into the lower section: items that go into the lower section include plates, saucers, pans, pots, larger bowls and any other large platter. While you arrange dishes in the lower section there are many things that you must consider for example the jets, spray arm and soap dispenser in order for items to get cleaned perfectly. As you arrange plates make them face towards the center so that the spray arm can freely rotate and also ensure that larger platter does not block the detergent dispenser.
Avoid over loading the dish washer: too much of anything is always bad so overloading the dish washer will leave some items dirty or stained or even cause damage to the dishes. If you have too much load to clean up then run the machine either twice or thrice, it will be much better than having to clean the dishes all over again just because they did not get clean the first time.
All cutleries should be loaded in the silver ware or cutlery basket: knives, spoons and forks should all be put into the silver ware basket unless they are too long or sharp. If there is any long and sharp cutlery it should be laid down in the top section.
- Sharp knives should only be washed in the dish washer if it has a separate section where knives are meant to be loaded but if the dish washer does not have that section just hand wash your knives.
- Serving spoons should be put in the same section as bowls but make them face down.
Put chopping boards on around other dishes on the bottom section:carefully place chopping boards besides the rest of the dishes without blocking the water from reaching items. Because of their size they cannot fit into the racks and slots.
Keep any breakable items well-spaced: if you put breakable items too close to each other, they are most likely to collide during the washing process and break or crack especially if you are using heavy washing cycles.
Some of the commonest items that can be washed in the dish washer:
Table ware: these include plates, bowls and cups, in most cases such items are dish washer safe so it is always safe for you to wash them in the dish washer. Unless they have hand painted designs or have been labeled not dish washer safe.
Glass ware: most glasses are also safe to be washed in dish washer however if you want to clean crystal or fine glass it is better to first check the product to see if it is labeled dish washer safe. You can also choose a very delicate wash cycle that is if your dish washer has that function.
Cutlery: all silver ware and stainless steel cutlery such as spoons and forks are usually designed safe to be washed in the dish washer. Always load steel and silver cutlery separately and as soon as the cycle is done, remove such items immediately as they cannot last so long in such hot temperatures.
Pans: they are mainly two types of pan that is to say aluminum stainless where by stainless steel is very safe to be washed in the dish washer but for aluminum it is better to check with the manufacturer first.
Plastics: with plastic items you must always check if they are labeled safe to be machine washed before you go ahead load them in. always remember to put them in the upper rack far away from the heating element because they can easily melt.
The best loading tips:
- When loading pans and pots it is always best to angle them down, it will be the best way to get them cleaned and for plates always make the dirty side of your plates face the water spray.
- Be very careful with any items that have long handles reason being if they slide through by any chance they block the spray arm from rotating perfectly.
- Avoid putting pans and pots before other dishes, they should always be placed at the back because they are likely to block detergent and water from getting to other items if they are in front of them.
- Always ensure that the water thermostat is set to optimum heat so that it is not too hot to damage dishes and not too cold to leave them dirty.
- It is always best to unload already cleaned dishes as soon as the wash cycle ends.