How To Use A Dish Washer

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Yes you might run to go get yourself a dish washer because it makes getting dishes spotless clean easy and takes very little time but the big question is, do you really know how to get the best out of your dish washer? That should be no problem for you anymore since I am going to give the best procedure on how to use a dish washer. The main reason as to why I recommend washing your dishes in a dish washer is because the dish washer can take in cold water and heat it to the best temperature for getting dishes hygienically clean unlike hand washing. On that note try out these simple but helpful steps on how best to use a dish washer and simple rules to follow to avoid any damages as you wash dishes in a dish washer.

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Remove any excess food first: matter of fact this will not take up too much of your time and will make the cycle much faster so first scrape off all that food that remained on the dishes before putting them into the dish washer.

Ensure that the items you want to clean in the dish washer are safe to be cleaned there: some items are dish washer safe while others are not so take your time, look through the items and ensure that the items you are about to clean in the dish washer are all dish washer safe.


Properly arrange dishes into the dish washer: your dishes are all made of different material, some are glass, some are steel while others are plastic so you cannot put them all as a bunch without arranging them first. This is how you should arrange dishes in the dish rack,

  • Always put glasses in the first rack or the upper rack because they are very delicate and can easily break. Wine glasses should be placed in the middle and should be perfectly spaces reason being they can easily break if you have not placed then right.
  • In the silver ware rack is where you should put all the silver or steel items for example folks and spoons.
  • Plates should be stacked in the bottom rack or in the area where plates should be.
  • Saucepans and bake ware should be put around other dishes but make sure you don’t block the water sprayer so that water can be able to reach all the dishes. Ensure that pots and pans are facing upside down because it is the only way they will get extremely clean.

Put detergent in the soap dispenser: only detergent can be put in the soap dispenser but not bar soap but you must also make sure that the detergent you are putting in the machine has been designed for use in the dish washer so be careful at that. You can opt for liquid soap that is meant for dish washing, it will also be very helpful in getting dishes clean in the dish washer.

Put some rinse agent in the dish washer: some dish washers have this function while others do not so depending on you dish washer you can add rinse agent to prevent leaving your dishes with water spots.

Shut the dish washer’s door: never start the dish washer before shutting the door or else items will jump out so as soon as you feel ready to start the washing cycle, first close the door

Select the best wash cycle for the dishes you’re doing: if you are doing plates and cups select a light cycle it will do your dishes perfectly and if you are mostly cleaning sauce pans or bake ware then a heavy cycle will more efficient in getting your dishes clean.

Run the dish washer: after all that, you will now be more than ready to start your dish washer.



Getting dishes clean in the dish washer is very simple however if you do not follow some of the basic rules it becomes somehow difficult. The process will in fact become frustrating for you if you break the rules of cleaning dishes in a dish washer. Therefore always keep these rules in your mind in order to achieve the best out of your dish washer.

If you are not planning to wash the dishes there and then, it is advisable to first of all rinse them before putting them in the dish washer. But if you are going to run the washing cycle immediately then just removing any excess food will be enough.

Avoid overloading the dish washer, sometimes when dishes are too many in the machine, the water spray get blocked hence preventing water from reaching some dished especially those on the top rack. This is why you find that some of the dishes remain dirty even after following all the steps correctly.

Place all silver items in the silver ware rack and secure any plastic dishes otherwise when water start to splash over the dishes they might fall off the rack into the heating element so it is very likely for them to melt.

All dishes should sit perfectly into the top shelf so that when you slide it in, there are no items sticking out, this may cause the items to break. If any dishes stick out then remove then before starting the washing cycle.

Besides checking if dishes are dish washer safe also look out for items that are meant to be cleaned in the first rack up especially if you are doing those dishes for the first time.

Always use fresh detergent, detergent that has stayed for more than two weeks will not smell fresh so it will also make your dishes smell funny. Ensure to properly keep your detergent in a cool and dry place and to prevent any loses only buy detergent that you can use within a time frame of just about two weeks.

Soak the dishes with hard food first, if food particles that remained in on dishes seem really tough then soak the dishes, it will make it much easier to get your dishes really clean in the dish washer.

Stainless steel and silver items must always be placed separately so that when washing is going on there will be no reaction between the two.

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