Here are some dishwasher tips and tricks to make the most out of your appliance and ensure that it keeps churning out squeaky-clean dishes. These are some things that I’ve picked up over the years when while living on my own.
The dishwasher is a wondrous invention. I mean, in the most simplistic sense, it’s a magical box where you put in dirty dishes and clean ones magically appear. Growing up, my parents were very anti-dishwasher because they were convinced that it was a huge waste of water. However, an article by the Washington Post concludes that “from an environmental perspective, these machines have grown so energy- and water-efficient — especially Energy Star-certified models — that it is very hard to beat them through hand-washing.”
5 Dishwasher Tips To Get Squeaky-clean Dishes Every Time
Dishwasher Tip #1: Presoak your dishes.
There is nothing worse finally getting the motivation to do dishes and then realize that the dishes have a thick layer of crud on them. Let the water do the work for you- let your dishes [particularly pans] soak in a some warm water with a squirt of dish soap for 5-10 minutes.
Dishwasher Tip #2: Use a dish brush to get rid of lingering food particles
This will help prevent the likelihood of stubborn bits from lingering on the dishes. I like this dish brush because when it gets gross, I can just run it with some dishes and it comes out looking like new!
Dishwasher Tip #3: For a super easy way to clean the dishwasher, run a cycle with just Tang
Did you know that Tang Orange Powdered Drink Mix can help keep your dishwasher running like it’s brand-new? I got this trick from a recent dishwasher repairman. Apparently, the citric acid in the powdered drink mix helps to clear out the mineral deposits. I’ve been doing this for 2 years and so far, so good.
Alternatively, you can also clean it with good old-fashioned vinegar– use a mixture of 70% white vinegar and 30% water in a spray bottle. This article goes in-depth about this approach.