The most annoying moment – opening the dishwasher and finding the dishes still dirty! The common issue that every dishwasher owner has experienced at least once in their life. Some face it often. It usually happens when you bailout on preloading steps or forget to perform necessary maintenance and repair.
While having a KitchenAid dishwasher makes your life easier, it also requires care and maintenance like any other kitchen appliance. Here are the five most crucial tips on how to make the best of your dishwasher and stun your visitors with pristine dishes.
Scraping is More Effective Than Rinsing
Believe it or not, pre-rinsing is not only just a waste of time and water but also weakens the detergent’s ability to clean thoroughly. It is vital to remove leftovers from dishes before the wash. However, if you have a dishwasher with three kids in your house, it becomes difficult to teach them that a dishwasher won’t replace humans’ work entirely. You have to scrape off any food or debris left on your plate before putting it inside the dishwasher.
Heat it Up!
After properly loading your dishes in the dishwasher, run your tap until the hot water starts coming out. Running hot water through the basin helps to reduce the pressure on the water heater of your dishwasher. Eventually, your energy costs will also be decreased. Moreover, hot water kills any bacteria more effectively. So, if you hesitate to let the faucet run beforehand, don’t sacrifice hot water for savings.
Easy on the Detergent
Don’t be fooled by the thought that using more soap or detergent will give cleaner dishes. It’s not true! You may not need more detergent but more quality maintenance and care of your dishwasher. Using unnecessary soap will only ruin the appliance. Depending on the load size, learn how much detergent will be appropriate. Also, do not compromise with quality. Always use a detergent manufactured by renowned brands.
Test The Water
Have you ever experienced white deposits on your faucet? It is because of hard water. While hard water sounds like an oxymoron or ice, it is not! The ‘hard’ elements in hard water refer to calcium and magnesium, and they are harmful to your dishes as well as skin. It can result in cracks or marks on your plates. Use test strips or DIY methods to test your water. If you can’t do anything about the natural hardness of water, practice adding a teaspoon of vinegar during rinsing, which will do the job just fine.
Thorough Filter Cleaning
If your dishwasher’s draining ability is not up to mark, or meeting your cleaning goals, the fault might be in the filter. When not carefully maintained, the food particles and debris get attached to the filter, affecting its cleaning potential. Make sure you spray out any scraps or food particles from the filter regularly. Following that, wash the filter with hot water because hot water will eliminate any bacteria or buildup.