To put it simply, a dishwasher is a machine used to clean dishes. The people who came up with this fantastic product have immensely assisted with the arduous work of scrubbing dishes and other cutlery. With a dishwasher, all you have to do is load it up and fire away.

To clean dishes, the dishwasher uses a water and dishwasher soap mixture to facilitate this. Physical scrubbing is also used here. Dishwashers are quite nifty devices that will ensure you are left with spotless plates after dinner. And what is even more amazing about it is that you won’t have to get your hands wet. Whether you want to wash away any dirt or rinse these dishes, the machine has got you covered.

Getting a dishwasher is a huge step for any household. The machine itself is immensely complicated with all the chemicals one needs and its general appearance. Using one can prove to be a daunting task. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. This article will help you understand the nitty-gritty surrounding dishwashers. Read along and find out more about how to use a dishwasher.

How to use a dishwasher

1. Getting The Right Dishwasher

Many people will often ignore this initial step to using a dishwasher. First of all, you must have a dishwasher. And not just any dishwasher on the market, but the perfect kind. You must look at various cost-saving aspects surrounding the machine, like power consumption and water usage. Older models used to use a ton of water than today’s dishwashers.

An ideal dishwashing machine should be efficient in power consumption, use the right amount of water, be silent, easy to load up, and pleasant to look at. Other features like sensors might also come in handy, but they often hike the price up.

2. Pre-Rinsing Dishes

This isn’t an essential step but was with previous models. Newer machines are unable to clog with food particles at the bottom of the dishwasher, as was the case with older models. Nowadays, all you need to do before loading up is only scraping off food particles. The dishwasher will then do the rest for you. Newer models are harder to clog with bits and pieces of food. Most have self-cleaning mechanisms and food dispensers for this.

3. Loading Up The Dishwasher

Before firing up your dishwasher, it must be loaded up correctly. Correctly loading the dishwasher can ensure you save both time and precious energy. One should place dishes in such a way that the jet spray from the machine hits all the utensils in the machine.

There are golden rules for loading dishwashers. One of them is that like items go together for a secure fit. Another thing one needs to consider is that all of these items’ dirty side should face the middle section. This is because the water jet comes from here. Hence it would be more efficient to clean in this manner. However, the dishes should be arranged such that they won’t be collecting dirty water but draining it away.

The bottom rack should hold large sized dishes like pots, pans and mixing bowls while the top rack is set aside for cups and smaller utensils. Forks and spoons shouldn’t be arranged uniformly but mixed up so that some will have their handles facing up as others face down.

Items that shouldn’t go inside the dishwasher are mostly the pricey ones. Cast iron should also not be included because of rust.

4. Use the Right Amount Of Detergent

When it comes to detergent, you don’t need to use a lot of it. One should simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for an idea of how much needs to go into the dishwasher. Remember, too much soap will absolutely mean soapy water and eventually leave residues on your utensils. In essence, your dishes will hardly come out clean.

5. Running a Dishwashing Machine

After completing all the prerequisites before operating the machine, the main activity now is running it. During this stage, you can consider some energy and resource saving options.

A light cycle can help you save water, especially when you are dealing with hardly dirty dishes. If the plates are, however, immensely dirty, then the full cycle should come in handy. Using the two cycles alternating from the light to the full wash should easily do the trick here.
Heavy washing is best suited for those utensils whose stains have set in. For greasy ones, however, the temperature is critical. A high-temp wash should work for this one.

After cleaning, drying follows. You can use the dishwasher’s drying mechanism, but this would cost you energy. Using it may only seem reasonable when the dishes are meant for immediate use. Otherwise, neatly stack them on a rack to air-dry.

6. Clean Your Dishwasher after Use

Failure to do so will lead to building up of dirt, clogging, and even odour. Cleaning starts from the outside section as you work your way inside.

On the outside, check for spilt food and scrub these off. Next up are the machine’s filters. These should be regularly cleaned because the integral running of the dishwasher depends on them. Instructions on how to clean them come with every owner’s manual.

After these, any other removable accessories need to be taken out and cleaned. Utensil holders, for instance, may still have food particles on them. These can easily be rinsed off with running water alone.

For the tub, remove any food particles before commencing the cleaning process. Here, vinegar is used. Place a cup of the liquid in the top rack and run a full cycle with the vinegar inside the dishwasher. Vinegar will help clean and refresh the inside of your dishwasher.


Finally, every step involved when using a dishwasher is as essential as the previous or the next. Following them will lead to clean dishes and machine that is in good working condition. So load up your dishwasher with these tips in hand and see just how fantastically clean your utensils will come out.

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