Some people don’t use their dishwashers at home because they don’t think they can clean the dishes well. But if you know how to use it, the dishwasher is a useful home appliance. You could say that it’s a waste not to use it because it makes it easier to do things like wash dishes.
So this time I’ll talk about how to use the dishwasher well and what it can do for you. If you’re worried about what will happen to leftovers in the dishwasher, read the points about how to use them.
Why don’t you use the dishwasher?
Dishwashers aren’t as standard in the United States as in other countries. Around 30% of households have one. Also, there are a lot of homes with dishwashers that don’t use them. There are three main reasons why people don’t use the dishwasher.
- Even after going through the dishwasher, there is still some dirt on the dishes.
- I wouldn’t say I like paying for water.
- Getting it clean is the same as getting your hands clean.
If you know how the dishwasher works and how to use it right, you can fix these problems. If the dishes are filthy, they will need to be pre-washed, which will be much less work than washing them by hand.
Dishes are one of the most annoying tasks for many people around the house. Learn how to use the dishwasher well, so you can do less work around the house after meals and have some fun.
How to properly use the dishwasher
For the dishwasher to show how well it works, there are tricks like putting things in the right place before washing. We’ll show you the right way to use the dishwasher.
Get rid of leftover food and stains that won’t go away.
Leftover food, oil stains, eggs, etc. If you put it in the dishwasher as is, it will make things not get clean. Dishwashers are also not good at removing stains that are hard to get off by hand. Use a spatula or paper to get rid of food and oil stains. Also, you can remove hard-to-remove stains, like sticking or burning, by washing or soaking them with water before putting them in the dishwasher.
Arrange the dishes so that the water flow can easily hit them.
Putting the dishes in the correct order is essential to using the dishwasher correctly. A pump sends hot water with soap heated by a heater to the nozzle. The water is then sprayed on the dishes to clean them. This is what makes the dishwasher work. Please ensure the dishes don’t touch each other and line them up so the water can get to the dirty part.
Place dishes and bowls with dirt in them. Put glasses and mugs on their sides. Depending on the dishwasher, the order is different, so please read the instructions and use it in the correct order.
Add dishwasher detergent
Use a detergent made just for dishwashers. Ingredients in hand soaps for the kitchen range from neutral to slightly alkaline, and they take care of rough hands. On the other hand, dishwasher detergents have essential cleaning ingredients like bleaching ingredients because they are made to be used in a machine. They also have high detergency. Another thing about dishwasher detergent is that it doesn’t foam up very quickly. If you put hand-washing detergent in the dishwasher by accident, the dishwasher will get full of bubbles and stop working. Make sure to use a suitable detergent.
There are two different kinds of dishwasher detergent: powder, gel. Find out what each one offers and choose the one that fits your needs.
(1) Powder type
Use the attached measuring spoon to get the right amount, then put it in the detergent. It doesn’t leave oil stains because it has enzymes, alkaline agents, and bleaching agents. The price is also less than that of the gel or tablet, which is another benefit. But if the water temperature is low, the powder might not dissolve completely and stay behind. This cannot be good because it makes it easy for limescale to build up.
(2) Gel type
Use the cap to measure out the correct amount. There is also a kind that comes out with a single push, making it easy to weigh. It keeps the inside of the cabinet clean because it doesn’t stay undissolved and doesn’t stick to limescale easily, but it tends to be more expensive than powder.
After using, clean the filter
Every time you use the dishwasher, take out the filter and clean it. If the dirt is hard to get off, use a brush or something similar. If dirt stays, it will build up and make it hard to wash the dishes. Put the filter back in place after cleaning it.
Why using a dishwasher is a good idea
Using a dishwasher has a lot of good points. If you’re unsure about using a dishwasher, look at what it can do for you.
Spend less time on housework
A lot of people find it hard to wash the dishes after dinner. Also, if there are many people in the family, there will be more dishes, and the sink may fill up. If you have a dishwasher, you must put the dishes in it, add detergent, and turn it on. You can not only wash it, but you can also dry it, which will save you time on housework. You will be able to spend more time with yourself and your family and less time washing dishes.
Has a bactericidal effect
It has a sterilizing effect because it is washed in warm water between 60 and 80 °C, which is hard to wash by hand. Also, the dishwasher cleans and dries everything, so there’s no need to wipe it down with a cloth (which can quickly become a breeding ground for germs). It not only saves you time and effort, but it also makes you feel safe about your hygiene.
It cleans better than washing by hand
Even when you wash dishes and cooking tools by hand, getting rid of greasy spots is hard. Fat from pork and beef melts between 40 and 50°C. When you wash your hands with lukewarm water, the temperature is low, and you can’t get rid of it. On the other hand, the water in the dishwasher is hot, between 60 and 80 °C, so it can cleanly get rid of greasy spots on meat.
The high cleaning power of the dishwasher is also due to detergent. Dishwasher detergents are more vital than regular dishwashing detergents, so they can quickly get rid of dirt. Also, things like colanders, graters, and whisks that are hard to clean with a sponge can be cleaned in a dishwasher. Some people worry about how well it cleans because it doesn’t rub as hard as hand washing, but it’s OK if you get ready by getting rid of hard-to-remove food and dirt. It cleans better than hand washing because it has the three powers of “water flow,” “high temperature,” and “detergent.”
Avoid having rough hands
When you wash dishes, the oils on your hands will come off with hot water and dishwashing soap. High-detergency detergents are more likely to make your hands rough. Even if you use a dishwasher, you still need to wash your hands in some way, like by doing a “pre-wash.” Still, there is a benefit in that you are much less likely to touch hot water and soap, and you can keep your hands from getting rough.
Clean your dishwasher and keep it clean
Dishwashers have a clean image, but they need to be cleaned every time they are used. In addition to cleaning daily, do a deep cleaning once a month.
After each use, clean the filter
After using the dishwasher, you should clean and empty the filter. If the dirt stays in the dishwasher, it will spread every time you use it, which isn’t clean. You can use a brush to get rid of dirt stuck in the mesh, so don’t forget to clean it daily.
Once a month, clean everything well
Check the manual to see if the basket and rotating nozzle set can be removed from the dishwasher. If you can take it off, take it off and wash it with a sponge and neutral dish soap.
Use a kitchen alcohol disinfectant to spray the fridge inside and wipe it down. Cotton swabs can clean small areas that are hard to reach, like rubber packing. Also, cooking oil and dust can quickly get on the dishwasher outside, so wipe it down with a cloth soaked in alcohol disinfectant spray.
There are ways to use the dishwasher well, like pre-washing the dishes and putting them in the correct order. If you get good at it, you can cut down on time it takes to do housework and save money on energy costs. It means that it is good for the environment. Even greasy or sticky stains can be better cleaned in the dishwasher than by hand.