There’s nothing more satisfying than a kitchen filled with sparkling clean dishes. Here we answer your frequently asked questions on how to use a dishwasher machine, covering everything from how to wash your dishes in the dishwasher so that you can achieve that perfect clean every time, to what to use for dishwasher soap. We’ll even look at where to put soap in the dishwasher!
How Should I Prepare Dishes for the Dishwasher?
The cleaner you keep the dishwasher and its filter, the more spotless your dishes will be. Scrape plates thoroughly before they go into the dishwasher.
If you do not plan to start the dishwasher cycle immediately, rinse or wipe the dishes beforehand, so that the food doesn’t become crusted or smelly. If you are washing pots or pans in the dishwasher, soak them in the sink first to loosen any hardened or burnt-on food.
What Can You Wash in a Dishwasher?
It’s important to know what to put in a dishwasher and what to wash by hand as high water temperatures can cause damage to some materials.
When learning how to wash dishes in dishwasher, the first thing you need to check is which of your items are dishwasher-safe. Most kitchen items will have a little symbol printed on them to tell you if they can go in the dishwasher but a few things you should always avoid are:
- Wooden utensils, which can warp or develop cracks that later harbour bacteria
- Precious items like crystal glass or silver cutlery as they can become tarnished
Instead of washing these items in the dishwasher, keep them safe and sparkling clean by hand washing them in the sink with a liquid detergent soap that contains natural ingredients – like Lux Sunlight.