With a dishwashing unit on standby, the process of washing your dishes can prove to be extremely easy to say the least. However, there are a few things you need to be weary of, mistakes that can degrade the efficiency of your unit and shorten its lifespan. Here are 11 of the most common dishwashing related mistakes that you should avoid at all cost.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they wash their dishes is that they pre-scrub them before hand. However, in order for you to successfully sanitize your dishes, they need to be under hot water. Unless this hot water is 140 degrees Fahrenheit at a minimum, it won’t do much to sanitize your dishes. Therefore, pre-scrubbing is not really a necessity, nor is it effective.
2) Using The Wrong Kind Of Detergent
Are you utilizing the right kind of detergent ? If your answer involved a liquid detergent, consider this: liquid detergents can, in time, actually clog the pipes of your dishwasher. So, it’s highly recommended that you use powdered detergent instead.
3) Homemade Soap
A lot of people utilize their own homemade detergent due to the fact that it’s more cost efficient and it contains less chemicals. However, sometimes (depending on the ingredients that were used to create the detergent), it can leave soap film on the interior of the dishwasher, which can damage it.
4) Sharp Edge Utensils
The problem with placing sharp utensils in the appliance isn’t the fact that it will damage the appliance. Every time you put a knife or something else that’s sharp into your dishwasher, it gradually becomes duller and duller.
5) Placing Non-Dishwasher Safe Items Into The Appliance
People believe that they can put anything in the dishwasher. However, there are a few things that you should never place into it. For example, wood has a tendency to crack and split, delicate glassware can break in the dishwasher and certain types of metal such as cast iron, can gradually deteriorate if you place it in the dishwasher.
Some other items that are not safe to put in the dishwasher include:
- Wooden Utensils
- Copper Pans
- Soft Plastic
- Insulated Mugs
- Anything With Adhesives
6) Dishwasher Has Never Been Cleaned
One of the biggest mistakes that many owners are guilty of, is assuming that the appliance does not need to be cleaned due to the fact that it utilizes a mixture of soap and hot water all the time. However, not only do they need to be cleaned periodically, if you fail to clean your unit, it can shorten it’s lifespan by a lot.
How To Clean Your Unit
- To clean your unit, take some vinegar and mix it with some baking soda.
- Once you have done that, pour it where you normally pour your detergent and let the unit run. This will help it run as like it’s brand new.
7) Nestling Utensils
When you place your forks and spoons in the same position on the rack they tend to nest together. This nesting effect makes food remain on them even after the cycle has been completed. Therefore, ensure that you alternate your utensils pointing down and up, to prevent this from happening.
8) Wrong Placement
The only thing that the bottom rack should contain are plates, pans, pots and other large items. The top rack should have plastic containers and anything that you use to drink out of, such as glasses and mugs.
9) Blocking The Sprayer
If you occasionally find dishes that remained dirty, even after the cycle was completed, the reason is that you may have placed a large bowl or pan that blocked the sprayer. For optimum results, check to see how the sprayer for your unit works and position each item in a way that allows the sprayer to reach every corner without any obstructions.
10) Too Much Food Residue
Even though dishwashers are sophisticated and efficient, year after year, even the most technologically advanced models may encounter a problem if too much food residue is left on the dishes.
11) Food Trap Obstruction
One of the most overlooked aspects of a dishwasher is the food trap. The food trap is responsible for catching anything that cannot be broken down by hot water. However, too much debris will eventually obstruct the water flow and cause the efficiency of the unit to decline. So make sure that you empty your food trap every 3-4 weeks.