Your dishwasher may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the holiday season, but consider where you’d be without it. Whether you’re hosting casual pre-holiday gatherings, cooking large family feasts, or baking countless cookies, you’ll have plenty of dirty dishes to contend with—which means your dishwasher will be working double time.
The last thing you want is to have your dishwasher conk out in the middle of all the merriment. Here are 7 tips to help you make sure your dishwasher runs smoothly throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.
- Determine Detergent Needs: Be sure to choose the right detergent for your machine. Consult your owner’s manual to find out if gels, powders, or tablets are recommended. If you have a high-efficiency washer, then make sure you’re using a high-efficiency detergent. Also, use the exact amount of detergent listed in the owner’s manual or on the detergent packaging. Despite what many people think, adding extra detergent doesn’t get dishes any cleaner. In fact, it may leave a soapy residue.
- Avoid Overfilling: It’s tempting to fill the dishwasher as much as possible, especially if you’re trying to reduce the overall number of loads you’re doing. But filling the dishwasher too much can prevent dishes from getting clean, and you’ll wind up having to wash them again. It’s better to give each dish the space it needs.
- But Don’t Underfill Either: While a partially filled dishwasher may seem like a better idea than an overloaded one, it’s a waste of resources and puts wear and tear on your dishwasher. Partially full loads also increase the risk of dishes breaking as they can bang into each other. It’s best to wash smaller loads by hand or wait to wash your dishes until you have a full load.
- Scrape the Scraps: Today’s dishwashers are amazing at removing food residue so there’s no need to prewash, but even the most advanced dishwasher can develop trouble when too much food is left on dishes. While we may not need to prewash our dishes, scraping large food scraps off the plate is a necessity.
- Notice What’s Not Dishwasher Safe: As much as we may want to throw everything into the dishwasher, not everything is dishwasher safe. Wooden cutting boards will split and crack when exposed to high temperatures and water. Delicate glassware can break in a dishwasher. Some metals like cast-iron and copper require special hands-only handling and can become damaged in the dishwasher.
- Respect the Racks: It does matter where dishes are placed in the dishwasher. There are a lot of items that are dishwasher-safe only when placed on the top rack. To get thoroughly clean, many other dishes need to be on the bottom rack. Put glasses, bowls, cups, and oversized serving utensils on the top. Plates, pots, pans, and utensils should be on the bottom.
- Don’t Stop the Sprayer: Know how the sprayer in your dishwasher works. For best results, you want the water from the sprayer to be able to reach every dish in every corner of the dishwasher. Sometimes a large pan or bowl can block the sprayer. Make sure there’s nothing in the way of the water or else you may wind up with less than clean dishware.
These 7 tips will help you get the most out of your dishwasher, but if you aren’t sure if your machine is ready to handle the holidays, then head over to Reno’s Appliances in Paterson, NJ. From now until December 31, 2017 you can get a free GE Café™ Series dishwasher valued up to $1000 when you purchase three or more eligible GE Café™ Series appliances. Learn more about this offer.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.