Dishwashers come in all shapes and sizes to cater to everybody’s needs and kitchens, but generally there are a few rules to follow when it comes to filling your dishwasher.
Whilst most items can go in the dishwasher, it’s important to make sure that anything you are uncertain of is in fact dishwasher safe before you put them in.
For example, lead crystal glasses should be washed by hand, as should some non-stick surfaces which could become less effective from going in the dishwasher. Always double check that what you’re putting in will be perfectly fine when taking it back out.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts to think about when loading and emptying your dishwasher.
- DO make things easier for yourself
It’s always better to start stacking from the back of the dishwasher so you don’t have to rearrange your dishwasher on multiple occasions before switching it on.
- DO lean things so water can run off easily but DON’T take up too much room
There’s nothing more annoying than picking up something quickly, thinking it’s dry and then throwing some water at yourself. By stacking things slightly on their side, not only are you ensuring the washing solution reaches everything, but you are also helping the water to drain away effectively. When it comes to making sure your dishware is drying effectively in the dishwasher, you should also invest in Finish Rinse Aid, which helps to speed up drying.
- DO remember that size matters
When it comes to loading your dishwasher, we recommend putting larger plates at the back of the dishwasher and funnel down (for example dinner plates, side plate, saucers, and bowls).
- DON’T overcrowd your dishwasher
Whilst you should always ensure that it is stacked properly and is full to ensure you’re getting the most out of every wash, it’s never good to overcrowd your dishwasher. It will lead to items not being properly cleaned if the water can’t reach them.
- DON’T stack things on top of each other
If you start to pile up your dishware, they won’t be entirely secure and could be dislodged by the pressure of the water when the machine is turned on, ending up with chips or breakages in the dishwasher.
- DO remember that glasses are fragile and DON’T put lead crystal glasses in the dishwasher
When putting glasses in the dishwasher it’s important that they are not touching each other, because, again, the water pressure could force them to bang against each other and chip or break.
- DO think about safety
Just because you aren’t washing them by hand doesn’t mean that knives can’t hurt you. It’s easy to forget about sharp knives in the dishwasher, so in order to avoid any accidents, make sure you put sharp knives face down in the cutlery rack as long as they don't touch/block the spray arms.
It’s all fine and well to stack the dishwasher well but what about when it comes to emptying?
- DO use Finish Rinse Aid
As well as rinsing off any leftover residue and fighting water spots, Finish Rinse Aid also helps to speed up drying time. So, the next time you are unstacking your dishwasher as soon as it’s finished, there will be less chance of you ending up covered in water or having to towel dry most items even plastics.
- DO remember where you started
It is important to minimise the risk of hitting and potentially chipping items whilst emptying the dishwasher. If you stack your dishwasher from back to front when loading it, going from front to back when emptying it makes for easy unpacking.
Thinking about how you stack your dishwasher can ultimately make doing the dishes that little bit easier. Not only does forward-thinking prevent any damage from happening within your dishwasher, but it also ensures that you make the most out of both your machine and your detergent at the same time, so you get the optimum clean with every cycle.