Dishwasher Tips and Tricks – A Detailed Guide

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A dishwasher is an essential appliance as it saves a lot of time, water and energy. It is a major purchase, and as with any major purchase, there are a lot of things you should know. So, if you’re considering buying one, this guide contains important dishwasher tips and tricks.

So, what are the different types of Dishwashers?

As a matter of fact, there aren’t that many dishwasher types. Here are some of the common types you’re likely to find in the market.

  • Freestanding

This type of dishwasher is very common and slots into any available space and can sometime be used as additional top area in smaller kitchens. It is easy to position in your kitchen.freestanding dishwasher

  • Portable

These are ideal for those who have no room for a built-in and can be taken with you when you move. They come with wheels for purposes of moving them with ease.

SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher, 18-Inch

  • Integrated

These come as either fully-integrated or semi-integrated. The fully-integrated are fully concealed behind a matching fascia to give your kitchen a seamless and smooth appearance while the semi-integrated model is partially concealed but keeps the control panel visible and directly accessible.

Bosch SHP65T55UC 500 Series - full integrated dishwasher

  • Counter-top

These machines are perfect for really cramped living spaces. They’re convenient, efficient but have limited capacity.

SPT SD-2202S Countertop Dishwasher - Six Standard Place Settings

  • Built-in standard dishwashers

These are by far the most common. They’re spacious and feature two-rack layout.ECOAP SB 80 Equator Fullsized Built-In Dishwasher Review

But is there a right way to load my Dishwasher?

To make sure you achieve the best results, there is a proper way to load your dishwasher. Here are some guidelines on how to load your dishwasher.

Step 1. Scrape as much food as quickly as you can.

Step 2. Don’t pre-rinse your dishes if you usually run your dishwasher often.

Step 3. When it comes to loading the utensils, start with bottom rack, then the silverware rack and lastly the top track.

Step 4. Put the pans and pots in the bottom rack facing downward and the plates facing inwards.

Step 5. Load the silverware in the silverware rack located in the bottom rack but don’t put similar silverware together just to avoid nestling.

Step 6. The next step is to put the glasses on the prongs and bowls in the center of the top rack after pushing the bottom and silverware rack back into the dishwasher.

Step 7. Add the detergent and the rinsing agent in the dishwasher.

Step 8. Choose the wash cycle. You can either choose a heavy cycle or a normal cycle depending on the number of dishes you’ve loaded you dishwasher with.

Step 9. Remove all the utensils starting from the bottom to the top rack.

Which detergent should you use?

With so many dishwasher detergents on the market, finding the best can be difficult.

For best results, I recommend Cascade All-in-1 dishwasher detergent Actionpacs or Finish Powerball Tabs, but you can check out my full guide on dishwashers detergent here.

Finish Powerball Tabs Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

I have used them for quite some time now and they work well. These detergents are highly efficient, eco-friendly, non-toxic and safe for your family.

What exactly is a Rinse Agent and should I use one?

A rinse agent helps wash away any remaining food residue and detergent. It also aids in the drying process by reducing water spots. It is therefore advisable to use a rinse agent if you want to achieve best results. However, if you can’t afford to buy one, you can try vinegar instead as it works great.rinse aid dispenser

Should I Invest in a Plastic or Stainless Steel Dishwasher Tub Material?

Plastic vs. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Tub MaterialIn modern dishwashers, the interior (tub) is made either from stainless steel or plastic. Both tub materials are excellent when it comes to durability but stainless steel offer more benefits compared to plastic tubs.

Stainless steel tubs are quieter, more energy efficient, can handle higher water temperatures and last long but they are a bit more expensive. You can see a complete comparison between the two in my definitive guide here.

Any other Tips or Tricks?

  • Never place breakable dishes with cutlery made of metal.
  • Always use the right dishwasher cleaner after you’re done with the wash-cycle.
  • Don’t double up on rinse aid.
  • Never overload your dishwasher.
  • Always check your water heater’s temperature before anything else. It should be between 120-125 degrees.
  • Before you start your cycle, ensure the filter of your dishwasher (if any) is free and clear of any debris.

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