How to Use A Dishwasher
How to use a dishwasher correctly depends upon the type of the dishwasher that you have. There are many different brands of dishwashers with different designs available on the market. However, the basic principle still apply to all of them. There will be specifically designated places for plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Using a dishwasher to clean your dirty dishes will definitely free up your time to do other things. Before I used to hand wash the dishes because I felt the dishwasher couldn't clean the dishes as good as if you washed the dishes by hand. But washing by hand all the dishes every single day had become too time consuming with three young kids in the family. My husband suggested for me to give the dishwasher a try, at least once in awhile to lighten my workload. I remembered the first time I used the dishwasher, I had no idea of how to load a dishwasher properly with all the dirty dishes that came in different shapes and sizes. But now after more than a year of using a dishwasher, I find that a good dishwasher can do a good job if you know how to use the dishwasher correctly. It is important to load a dishwasher properly and to use good dishwasher tablets as well.
How to Load A Dishwasher
Before loading any dish into your dishwasher, always remove large particles from the dishes and other items first because they might clog the drainage.
Soak the dirty dishes that has been left out too long and you can't remove the dried particles easily. You should be able to remove the particles after few minutes of soaking them.
Load the large dishes at the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Place the plates accordingly into designated slots. I find it works great when I place the plates and bowls in the same directions for the same set of slots.
If you have bowls that are deep, try to skip some slots so that the bowls won't be blocking each other when the water comes in.
Pay attention to top spray arm that is located underneath the top rack. Make sure no dish or cooking utensils at its level. Or they will block the top spray arm when it needs to spin and shoot out water.
Spacing out the utensils in the cutlery basket. Make sure they are not overlapping each other.
If you use scissors to cut food and want to wash them in dishwasher, open the scissors and let them sit on the divider of the cutlery basket.
Load small items such as cups, glasses and small bowls on the upper rack. Long cooking tools and knives should lay flat in the upper rack.
Keep things that are too delicate and easy to break out of the dishwasher.
Remove all the plastic or paper labels from your new dishes because these labels can come off during the wash and might clog the drainage.
How to Use Dispensers for Detergents and Rinse Agent
Most of the dishwashers have the dispensers on the door. They are mostly labeled for your convenience. Just follow the instructions for the amount of dishwasher powder or liquid, and rinse agent. It would be simpler if you use dishwasher tablets which would be just one tablet for each load of dishes.
Dishwasher Detergent that Works Best
After testing a few different brands of dishwasher detergents, I found that Finish dishwasher detergent works the best so far. I especially like the Finish tablets. It very easy and simple to use. It also dissolves well and cleans well. I only use the Finish rinse agent once in awhile, but the glasses are spotless even without the rinse agent. I have been using it for about a year now, the only complaint I have is that it leaves small white spots on non stick cookware.