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How to use a dishwasher?

How to use dishwasher

When it comes to cleaning dishes and cookware with very little effort that involves using hands, dishwashers are invaluable. We are here to help you work through how to correctly load and run a dishwasher and to choose a proper detergent and pack it into them. Once you learn to operate the dishwasher, you will learn to pick the right option to use it and also assure optimal performance. 

Indian households do not come with an attached dishwasher, and not many of them know how to operate it, so if this is the first time you have purchased a dishwasher and have your doubts, we are here to clear them. It might be challenging to figure out how these appliances work and how to properly use them. Once you learn how to use the dishwasher, it will turn out to be a real time saver. 

If youre not sure how to manage a dishwasher, the method is moderately simple. Load the plates and bowls carefully, and then pick the accurate cycle. Let the dishwasher run an entire round. Then, remove the dry utensils. Clean your dishwasher regularly.

Place the dishes on top and bottom racks of the dishwasher.

By scraping off any extra food from the plates, you can get cleaner dishes every time. Before you load the utensils, make sure that you place them evenly with the dirty side facing the water jets. Be careful not to overlap the cookware, as it prevents the water jets from washing over the insides thoroughly. 

Here are some points to keep in mind;

Top rack: 

  • On the top rack, you can load items like mugs, bowls, glasses and water bottles. 
  • Between the tines, you can place the small bowls and plates too. 
  • To avoid warping the plastic containers and lids, arrange them on the top rack of the dishwasher. 
  • Make sure to always check the bottom of your plastic items to be sure its safe from the washing process. 

Bottom rack: 

  • In the bottom rack, always place the large cookware items like the serving platters, frying pots, dishwasher-safe baking dishes, stainless steel pots, and other heavy soiled dishes. 
  • Along the sides of the dishwasher or toward the back of it, you can place the pots and frying pans. 
  • Remove the dishes and add them to the dishwashers utensil basket, making sure to place sharp objects like blades and knives downward to avoid harm.
  • Before you shut the dishwasher door, be sure nothing is obstructing the wash arms.

There are also a few models under dishwashers, which have a third rack where there is an extra space for your dishes. You can store utensils, silverware and other large items too. 

Put in the dishwasher detergent.

Most of the detergent dispensers are on the bottom of the dishwasher door, but they can also differ depending on the model. Here are the steps to put the detergent into the dishwasher correctly: 

  • Pour or put the detergent in the dispenser of the dishwasher. 
  • Up to the line that says full, add the rinse aid to the rinse aid dispenser. 
  • Few dishwashers do not have a particular rinse aid dispenser; you can always purchase a separate rinse aid basket or just use packs or tablets of detergent that already includes a rinse aid feature. 
  • Press tight after you close the lid until you hear it click shut. 
  • Soon after the dishwasher completes a pre-wash round, the lid automatically opens for you to mix the detergent with water. 

To ensure the best performance of the dishwasher, you have to use a suitable detergent as it is essential. For automatic dishwashers, use a detergent that is specifically formulated for it. You will find various types of detergent available in the market. There are several options, including powdered, liquid, gels, packs and also tablets. Though the tablets and packs are easy to use as you do not have to worry about the amount of detergent required, it is your choice to pick one according to your preference. If you opt for the liquids or powdered detergents, fill the detergent dispenser up to the mark, as mentioned in the guide. 

Washing tips:

Frequently cleaning the dishwasher is essential to keep your dishwasher and the dishes in good and functioning order. You can find dishwasher cleaners specially formulated to help you get rid of the mineral build up and limescale. You can use it when you are washing an everyday load of dishes. 

Pick a wash cycle:

Most dishwashers come along with at least three options or cycles- Normal, Quick and Heavy Duty. The usage of the cycle option depends on the number of dishes you put in the dishwasher and how messy they are. Use the given buttons to set your cycle, usually located on the front or top of the dishwasher door. 

  • Normal

Normal cycle is the most regularly used dishwasher cycle. It cleans everyday messes without using any added water sources. On an everyday basis, you can use this cycle to tidy the dishes that are not too dirty. 

  • Quick

Quick cycle usually uses a lot of water, higher temperature and energy for quick results. You can use this cycle when you have slightly dirty dishes or when you are in a hurry. 

  • Heavy Duty

For heavily soiled pots and pans or other items, you can use this cycle. This heavy duty cycle will typically use a lot of water and high energy to clean your dishes thoroughly. Make sure to use this feature only when your dishes are too dirty and messy. 

For the best performance, the temperature of the water should not exceed 120ºF as it enters the dishwasher. If the water is too cold, it may not clean the dishes thoroughly, and if the water is too hot, it may make it harder for the dishwasher to tidy the dishes. Dishwashers of different models may also include different cycles and drying options; you will have to follow the given guide to operate them. 

Before you start the dishwasher, check for the blockages of the wash arms and select the appropriate cycle. Shut the door carefully before you press start. 

Have fun Dishwashing!

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