This is how to use your dishwasher so that everything is spotless!


According to my experience, there are two types of dishwasher users: one type piles things haphazardly, while the other type pays attention to every small detail when placing their laundry. If you belong to the former camp, perhaps we can give you some tips that will help you switch to the pedantic side, because there are advantages if you put it in the dishwasher well. First of all, your dishes will be the cleanest this way, and secondly, more things will fit if we organize the unwashed things in the right way.

Always check whether it is machine washable!

It may seem like a trivial step, but you protect not only the condition of your machine and your devices, but also your own health, if you only put things in the dishwasher that are meant for it. Clean the following things by hand instead:

  • Plastic containers, glasses (certain types of plastic can be safely washed in the dishwasher, this is usually indicated)
  • Thermoses, insulated drink holders
  • Wooden objects
  • Sharp tools (mandolin, chopper and blender accessories, knives)
  • Cast iron, copper, aluminum pots
  • Kettle cover
  • Antique tableware, silver cutlery
  • Crystal glasses, glasses made of premium glass
  • Gold, silver or platinum decorated porcelain

Do not let anything get in the way of the boom!

When packing in the lower basket, try to position things so they don’t hang in the way of the water spray arms. Even a pan handle, meat tongs or anything else can hang over the basket, and if it is in that spot, the dishwasher will not be able to properly spray the water and detergent around. If you want to be sure, flick the arms with your finger before starting to make sure they can rotate completely – saving you another round.

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Let your dishes face inwards!

Since the spray arms shoot the water from outside to inside, so

then the power of the water jets is most effective if the dirtiest parts of the dishes, bowls and cutlery are towards the center of the dishwasher.

In fact, this is one of the key points of our list, so you should at least use this one of our tips.

Leave the area in front of the detergent dispenser free!

If you’ve ever had your dishes come out of the program in the same condition as when you put them in, you probably placed something larger in front of the detergent dispenser. Put the cutting board in the wrong place, and your dirty plates will practically only get water, because the detergent can’t leave its place. The baking sheets can also typically be such blockers, together with the cutting boards, we should rather set them on one of the extreme sides, naturally with their dirty side facing inwards.

Do not rinse!

Be sure to remove food residues, but there is no need to pre-rinse anything in the dishwasher.

Believe it or not, the program will be less effective if you run it on half-clean dishes.

It’s not a well-known fact, but dishwashing detergents are designed so that their enzymes attach to the molecules that make them dirty. If there is not enough dirt on the plate, the detergent will be less activated – at least a Reader’s Digest according to an expert interviewed by

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Remove the labels from the bottles!

If you want to reuse a store-bought jar of preserves or pickles or other delicacies, first of all remove the label from it. Small, loose pieces of paper can stick to other things and clog the sprinkler heads and the water pump. So if you don’t want to see the label of your favorite pickle in your tea mug, try stripping the bottle of the label.

Don’t overpack!

It can be really tempting to get rid of all the unwashed with one start, but if you overcrowd your machine, you will only do worse. If everything is on top of each other, water and detergent simply won’t reach certain parts, so your dishes will remain dirty. Less is better here!

Pay attention to the placement!

It is also very important which basket you will put what into. Since different types of dishwashers come with different designs, we can advise you to try to sort the unwashed according to the user manual.

If you no longer have the original, you can probably find a guide for your type on the Internet.

If you combine those suggestions with our tips, you are guaranteed to operate your dishwasher in the most efficient way!

Our household equipment can be increased with this trick

Now you know how to pack efficiently. But do you know how you can extend its “life”? “The lifespan of household appliances depends on the quality of installation, maintenance, room climate and intensity of use,” states a joint study by the American National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America, which concluded that our home how many years, on average, do your essential tools serve us? The comprehensive research examined the life expectancy of household appliances, from dishwashers to washing machines, from boilers to refrigerators.

And in this article, we also gave tips on how to exceed these averages!

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