Most people take for granted the use of their dishwasher. When it works fine, they toss all of their dishes into it without giving much though about how it affects the cleaning process. Unfortunately, carelessly tossing your dishes and silverware into your dishwasher can damage or prevent it from cleaning the way it should. If you want to continue using your dishwasher and not clean your dishes by hand, you must know what's acceptable and what's not. Here we'll take a look at some of the most common mistakes owners make when using their dishwasher.
Not Cleaning Them First
I know it sounds a little contradictory that you must clean your dishes before placing them into the dishwasher, but this is necessary to remove large or stubborn food particles. If you leave food on your plate, your dishwasher will just spread it around to the other plates and dishes surrounding it. To prevent this, take a few minutes to wash your dishes in the sink with warm water and a bit of soap, as this will remove any stubborn food. Once you're done, place them in the dishwasher, add soap or detergent and turn it on.
Not Filling Up Your Dishwasher
Lets face it, most of us probably turn on our dishwashers long before it gets full. Unfortunately, however, turning your dishwasher on before it's full is a huge waste of water and power. Even though it gets your dishes clean faster, it costs you extra money on your energy bills. For this reason, it's recommended that you wait until both the top and bottom racks are full with dishes before you turn it on. Do you best to strategically place the dishes in a manner that takes up as little space as possible so you can fill it up all the way.
Blocking The Sprayer
The bottom line is that you can't block the sprayer if you want your dishwasher to thoroughly clean the dishes as it should. Placing large pots, pans, baking sheets or other dishes on the top rack will oftentimes prevent the sprayer from disbursing the water over your dishes. When this happens, your dishes simply won't get clean. If you haven't done so already, take a minute to inspect your dishwasher to see exactly where the sprayer is located. When you're loading the dishwasher, be sure not to place any large items directly underneath it.