Getting the most out of your dishwasher

A dishwasher can do far more than simply clean plates, so get the most from your dishwasher by using these top tips.

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Cleaning your dishwasher

According to hygiene experts, we should clean our dishwashers every month. A good tip is to use a toothbrush to clean all the smaller crevices.

Consider using your dishwasher for cleaning items other than dinnerware. Sanitise any scrubbers and sponges by placing them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Once your dishes are sparkling clean, the worst thing for them would be to use dirty and unsanitary sponges and equipment.

Ensure you also clean the dishwasher trap, which is underneath the lower sprayer. Rinse it in the sink to remove any collected food and debris. Scrape all the food off your dishes prior to putting them in the dishwasher to avoid build up in future.

If domestic dishwashers are insufficient for your requirements, check out suppliers such as for commercial dishwashers.

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Tough stains

Finding tough stains on your casserole dishes after a dishwasher cycle is an irritating but common problem. One tip is to add extra detergent to the dish before placing it inside the dishwasher.

It may sound strange, but running hot water from the tap in your sink before pressing the dishwasher start button ensures hot water hits your dishes before cold. This will ensure that your plates and cutlery are as clean as possible.


Ensure you organise the silverware while loading it in your dishwasher. This will save you time when it comes to unloading the dishwasher; in fact, you could halve the time by organising beforehand.

Allow space between spoons, and place utensils evenly up and down for a uniform clean that makes sure no items are left unwashed.

When unloading the dishwasher, remove the bottom rack plates and utensils first. This will ensure any water left in bowls and cups on the top rack does not drip onto the dried dishes at the bottom.

To use your dishwasher to its full potential, you can even use it to steam cook salmon! Apparently, the fact that dishwashers do not exceed 70°C means the salmon is cooked to perfection.

You could also use your dishwasher to keep your food warm by selecting the heat cycle with no water!