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Using your Dishwasher Properly

Dishwashers are one of the most popular modern appliances – because no-one likes doing the washing up! So we really notice the inconvenience when we’re without one. But by following a few simple rules you’ll prevent problems occurring.

Firstly, check the manufacturer’s instructions There are many heated debates about how to best load a dishwasher, so check what the manual says to avoid arguments! It’s more energy efficient to fully load your dishwasher, as it’ll use the same amount of water whether it’s full or half empty… but don’t overload it! That could lead to some things not getting cleaned properly. Load carefully, avoiding blocking the spray arms.

Check what items are dishwasher safe – and in general it’s best to avoid chef’s knives; delicate china, silver and glassware; metals other than stainless steel; wooden items like spoons and chopping boards; and cast iron or non-stick pans.

You don’t need to pre-rinse dishes as some dishwasher detergents are designed to interact with food particles, so they may actually clean more efficiently if plates etc are left a bit dirty. It also is a waste of water. But you should scrape off excess leftover food into your food recycling bin.

Select the correct cycle – use the Eco one if you have that option. A “quick” cycle could actually use more water and at a higher temperature, so quicker isn’t necessarily better. Also make sure your dishwasher has enough rinse aid and salt.

And of course it’s important to regularly clean out your dishwasher. You may be able to run a cleaning cycle, or you can clean the inside with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. You can also remove and clean many parts including the filters and spray arms. And finally if you do have any real issues, get in touch with an expert – a plumber, a dishwasher engineer, or if you suspect the issue stems from a blocked drain, then it’s time to call us at Happy Drains! The number as ever is 0800 849 8099.