Washing the dirty dishes becomes a boring and a tedious task to do on a daily basis. Cooking can be tough, but cleaning the dishes is even tougher. A dishwasher is a blessing for all those who hate the chore. We look for the latest and the lowest price on dishwashers while getting one for the house, but we don’t completely understand what the right way to use a dishwasher is. Here are 5 tips on how to use a dishwasher to make it run more efficiently.
Opt for the full load
While it may seem like the right thing to not overstuff the dishwasher with too many dishes at a time, it is not. It is a complete waste of resources like electricity, water and detergent that the dishwasher uses during its function. Half filling the dishwasher will only double the usage of resources. A partially filled dishwasher increases the risk of breaking and damage as the dishes might bang into each other. It is also advisable to not overdo and stuff the dishwasher as even that might cause damage.
Remove scraps from dishes
Out of all the latest home appliances that we own, a dishwasher is one of those appliances that help in keeping the house clean. Oftentimes, we dump the dishes with the remaining pieces of food scraps without bothering to remove it. A dishwasher is specifically meant for cleaning and nothing else. Loading the dishwasher with scraps of food will result in nothing but the damage of the dishwasher. These scraps of food will even stick on to the dishes even after running a complete cycle. If you use a dishwasher, then this is one of the most important things to remember to ensure efficiency of the dishwasher.
Check the water temperature
Washing the dishes requires hot water and most of the times, by the time the water heats up the first cycle comes to an end. In winters, it takes even longer. The best thing to do is turn on the tap and let the water run until it becomes hot. This guarantees that the first cycle will be done with hot water instead of cold. Most of the latest dishwashers come with the feature to reduce or increase the temperature. While the ideal temperature is around 120 and 125 degrees, it is better not to tweak and adjust the temperature settings.
Clean the Dishwasher
The dishwasher makes sure to keep all the dishes spotlessly clean. But to use a dishwasher more efficiently, once in a while even the dishwasher needs a cleaning of its own. The best way to clean is to run a normal cycle on an empty dishwasher with some baking soda and vinegar. The baking soda acts as a detergent to clean the dishwasher and the vinegar will remove the old food particles, leaving the dishwasher smelling fresh. Make sure to clean the dishwasher traps and seals because that is where cleaning is most required.
Choose the right size
While buying a dishwasher the most important thing to keep in mind is the usage. How much will you use a dishwasher, how many dishes will be loaded on a regular basis and sufficient amount of space are some of the questions to consider. A big dishwasher is of no use if only a limited amount of dishes will be loaded. It decreases the usage and efficiency of the dishwasher. Similarly, a compact dishwasher is no good if too many dishes have to be loaded at a time.
A dishwasher is one of the most useful appliances to have at home. Make sure to use your dishwasher more efficiently to make it last for long. These are some of the simplest tips to follow to keep the dishwasher running more efficiently.