7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

Blossom Lady
Sep 17, 2020 12:24 AM
7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

While dishwashers have been around for a long time, dishwasher repair professionals observe that many people make plenty of mistakes with them. The mistakes not only lead to poor cleaning results and ruined kitchen tools, they also make the dishwasher work harder than it's supposed to which puts it at the risk of developing problems down the line.

Discover the most common dishwashing mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them, to extend the life of your dishwasher and make the dishwashing process easier!

Mistake 1. Putting plastics and glass items on the bottom rack.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

The top racks of your dishwasher are for glasses, mugs and food plastic containers, while the lower racks are for dishes, platters, and bowls. The lower racks aren't designed to host glasses, and increasing the chance they'll be broken at the end of the wash cycle. As for the plastic containers, when placed on the bottom rack, these items are closer to the high heat and powerful spray from the dishwasher's jets, which can warp them and cause the plastic to degrade more quickly.
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Mistake 2. Grouping each type of silverware together.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

It may seem easier to keep all of your knives in one compartment, all of your forks in another, and all of your spoons in a third. The problem is, that in that case your silverware nestles together. When this happens, it impedes the flow of water, making it harder for each item to get adequately cleaned. Instead, mix up the silverware in each compartment of the cutlery basket and don't crowd the rack.
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Mistake 3. Grouping plates by size.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

If you want to allow for maximum movement of water in your dishwasher, it's best to alternate small and large plates inside your machine, which lets the water and soap get to every item in your dishwasher.
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Mistake 4. Placing bowls and cups on their sides.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

In case you don’t place cups and dishes fully upside down, the jets inside your dishwasher can flip them onto their backs, meaning they end up collecting dishwater and food residue instead of actually getting clean. So always check, if your cups and mugs are fixed properly or placed fully upside down.
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Mistake 5. Using it to clean children's plastic dishes.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

If your kids or grandkids have plastic cups and dishes, wash them by hand instead of popping them in the dishwasher. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, phthalates used as plasticizers in the manufacture of certain plastics can potentially be transferred to foods when the plastic dishes are exposed to high heat. So always wash them by hand.
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Mistake 6. Putting large items at the front of the machine.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

In most cases, the soap compartment is located inside your dishwasher door. Unfortunately, when you put large items—like sauce pots, baking pans, or cutting boards—near the door of your dishwasher, it can block the soap from being adequately distributed among your dishes.
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Mistake 7. Dishwashing cast iron pans.

7 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

Cast iron pots and pans should never go in the dishwasher, that’s a rule. In fact, cast iron should be washed only by hands, and never with dishwashing liquid, which will leave cast iron dry and rusty. One great way to scrub cast iron is to use a half a lemon and a handful of coarse salt). The most important thing to remember is to always rub the pan with a bit of oil (canola, coconut, avocado or olive oil. This will extend the life of a cast iron pan to the point that you'll probably never have to buy another one for as long as you live.
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Debra J Siebert
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Sep 17, 2020 09:05 AM

AWESOME TIPS… THANK YOU     

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Sep 19, 2020 03:11 AM

AWESOME TIPS… THANK YOU     

Thank you so very much, Debra!!! I'm happy you like them! 🙂