A poor dishwasher cycle may not necessarily be caused by your device fault; it may mean that you are loading your dishes the wrong way. You may be thinking, “Who can’t figure out a simple task such as loading dishes in a dishwasher?” Well, you might be surprised to know the mistakes people make.
1. The dirty surfaces of your dishes should face towards and downwards the center of the wash jets
You should not place your dishes horizontally in the racks; rather, they should be placed in a way that the dishwasher jets have a clear path towards them and the water can drain off properly.
2. Don’t block the detergent tray and wash arms
Blocking a spinning wash arm will not likely give your dishes a complete clean. Also, if your detergent dispenser is obstructed, then your dishes will only be washed by water alone.
3. Your bottom rack should be loaded strategically
Load bowls and plates across the rack with the dirty surfaces facing downwards where the water sprays are. Pans and pots should face down for best cleaning results. Keep tab of the utensils with long handles as they might slip through the rack spaces and prevent the arm from rotating freely.
Flat dishes should be placed along on the back and along the sides of the rack. You should not place by the door or in front as they will keep the water and detergent from reaching all the dishes. Also, ensure that the spoons and forks don’t nest together by strategically loading them in a way that some face upwards and others downwards.
Your silver-plated flatware and stainless steel dishes should be separated as they can react leading to wearing out of the silver coating.
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4. Run several small loads instead of a one big load
Although you will use more soap and water, your wash performance will be better, if not excellent. At times, overly dirty and sticky dishes need two wash cycles, and therefore, it is good to be patient and go with smaller loads.
5. Cups should go in the top rack
Place your mugs and glasses between the tines and never on top. This will keep water from the settling on the base of the cups placed in upside-down cups. You should arrange your wine glasses carefully to prevent breakage.
6. Don’t use too much detergent
Liquids, packets, and powders can all clean well, but they should be fresh to do the job efficiently. A good rule of thumb to follow when using detergent is that you should only use a detergent for a maximum period of two months.
7. Remember the basic rules
Secure your plastic dishes because if you don’t, they may be blasted by rotating water and flipped over onto the heating element and get damaged.
Pre-rinse your dishes if they are going to sit in your dishwasher all day. However, if you are running a cycle right away, you can just scrape off the excess food left overs and leave the dishwasher to do the rest.
Never stack dishes as the water spray won’t be able to clean the dishes that are on top.