5 Strategies for Getting The Most Out of Your Dishwasher

Home orders and compulsory social distancing have led many people to turn to their kitchens for fun, experiment with friendly recipes and bake endless breads. But preparing three meals a day means that the dishes never stop.

We turned to Good Housekeeping Director of Appliances and Cleaning Products, Carolyn Forte, for advice and tips on how to keep your dishwasher in tip-top condition. While a premium dishwasher makes your job easier, there is a reason why the fully integrated dishwasher from the Miele GH seal holder was named “Best Global Dishwasher” from the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab—Forte’s advice applies to models at all prices.

Load correctly

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Yes, there is a wrong way to load the dishwasher. “My general rule is that if the water can’t reach it, it won’t be clean,” says Forte. Make sure everything has space around it so that nothing overlaps or prevents anything else from being clean, and always place the dirty side down or toward the center.

The glasses should pass between the teeth of the rack, not above them, to minimize water spots and the risk of them breaking. More Miele dishwasher have a higher level cutlery tray, but if your dishwasher has a cutlery basket, place forks with the teeth up, knives with the blade down and alternating spoons so that they don’t do not follow suit.

Bonus tip: Always scrape or wipe dishes before loading, even if you run a cycle immediately. Pre-rinsing is only necessary if you do not perform a load immediately.

Yes it cleans but you have to clean he

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“People think it’s clean, but there are a lot of dirty things going in the dishwasher,” says Forte. Like any machine, dishwashers work best when they are well maintained, which includes regular cleaning. If you see pieces of food below or in the spray arm, remove them and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the filter. Forte suggests flushing the filter regularly and using a toothbrush to scrub it.

And once a month, you should run a cleaner through the dishwasher. “They dissolve, pass through the filter and the pump to clean up the inner workings. They get rid of food debris, odors and hard water buildup, ”she explains. Miele also manufactures products specially designed for their machines which should be used several times a year.

Select the correct setting

There is a reason why dishwashers have multiple settings. They all do different work, and it is important to use the correct wash cycle for each load. Strong note that most dishwashers today, including Miele, have sensors that determine how dirty dishes are, so they know how much water to use. She generally prefers the “automatic” or “sensor wash” cycle for better cleaning. (It should also be mentioned that using products designed for Miele models, such as dishwashing detergent and rinse aid, will also produce the most effective cycles.)

For heavier loads, such as casseroles and casseroles with baked food, use a more powerful program – the “pots and pans” program on Miele models, for example – which typically includes two prewashes and a main wash hotter. A “rinse and hold” cycle is particularly useful when you are not going to perform a charge immediately.

The disinfection programs, which have a very hot final rinse (the cycle on Miele models, called SaniWash, reaches 158 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill bacteria, are perfect for baby bottles, cutting boards and other dishes of preparation. “It’s good, especially at a time like this, when everyone is more in tune with germs,” ​​says Forte.

Think beyond the dishes

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You can wash more than just cookware in the dishwasher. “Children’s toys, sponges, toothbrushes, [even] your dishwashing equipment like dry racks and scrubbers, everything can be washed in the dishwasher, ”says Forte. “You can also do a separate cycle for toys and pet bowls.”

She also suggests throwing your stove grates in the washer – as long as they’re dishwasher safe, of course – and the metal mesh filter on your hood; first check the manufacturer’s instructions.

But don’t wash yourself each kitchen item

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There are some things you should never put in the dishwasher. Topping the list: wood and cast iron, which means no wooden cutting boards and no Dutch ovens. She also notes that even though most of the crystals and porcelain go in the dishwasher, you don’t want to put anything decorated on the glaze, as it could come off. “The bottom line is that if an item is not labeled” dishwasher safe “or if you are not sure it will survive a cycle, it is best to wash it by hand.”

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