How To Remove Residue from the Dishwasher and Your Dishes

Using the dishwasher

Dishwashers are good friends to any household. As such, they should be taken cared of, just like your other appliances. If they are given proper care, they also give you the services you deserve. Residues that accumulate inside the dishwasher are usually the cause of most dishwashers disorders. They should be removed properly so that your dishwasher will last. Here are some simple tips on how to prevent residue accumulation:

  • Use only compatible detergents with your dishwasher model. If the detergent is not compatible, the residue accumulates inside the dishwasher and will cause its malfunctioning.

  • At least once a month, run a rinse cycle with a cup of vinegar, and clean the inside with a coarse plastic scrubber. The residue will be removed because of the vinegar.

  • Switch to another detergent if the old detergent recommended by the manufacturer provides problems. It is sometimes wise to change the detergent to explore other brands, just in case the one you were used to becomes unavailable. There are dishwasher detergents that dissolve food residues on dishes without leaving a chalky excess.

  • Make sure the water running to your dishwasher for the dishwashing cycle is heated. The heated water eliminates food residues, because it dissolves the dirt together with the dishwasher detergent. If the water is too cool, the detergent cannot effectively eliminate the problem.

  • Check the rinse aid container if it is full. Always follow the recommendation of the manufacturer as to the correct amount of rinse aid to use. Close the door without any excess rinse aid.

  • Check the kind of water you use in the kitchen. If it is hard water you are required to use more dishwasher detergent to dissolve food residues. If it is soft water, you have to use moderate detergent, because excess detergent gives your glassware an etched-like appearance, or sometimes your glassware really becomes etched.

  • Make sure that your detergent is not old stock. It might not be able to dissolve food residues properly.

  • Scrape food left-over from the plates and bowls to be washed before loading into the dishwasher. Load dishes properly by section. Glassware, bowls, pans, and knives should be placed in their sections, so as not to block the water from splashing the other dishes to be cleaned.

Adequate space between plates, use of the hottest water for washing, and following manufacturers' recommendations on the use of detergent will help your dishwasher function at its best. Just like human beings, appliances need tender loving care from their owners. They are not prone to give you a headache if proper maintenance is given. They perform efficiently when properly operated.


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