Are we sure we are that good at running our dishwasher?
I have to say that I used to make a lot of mistakes myself (maybe a few still :)), but I'm working on improving.
Here are the most common mistakes we make daily when loading the dishwasher:
Pre-rinsing dirty dishes.
Who among us hasn't thought of giving our dishwasher a helping hand with a generous pre-wash under the faucet. Get ready for a revelation: pre-rinsing dishes under water is unnecessary and may even make dishes dirtier at the end of the wash. Not only do we consume more water (and never more than in this day and age do we know how important it is to reduce water consumption), but it could cause dishwashers that use turbidity sensors, to lower the level of cleanliness. So in the end we would have a less effective result.
Washing by hand instead of using the dishwasher
Washing dishes by hand in the sink usually consumes more water than the dishwasher. Saving time, money and water above all is important. But it is not just that. Dishwashers like to be used. If you leave them running for too long, the seals can dry out and harden.
Do not fill the machine to capacity
For the above to be true, you must fully load the machine to get the most out of it. A full dishwasher will also have better drying due to the higher thermal mass of its contents.
Overloading the unit
It sounds absurd compared to what was written above, but the truth is that filling a dishwasher is not a race to see who can put the most dishes in. It is more efficient to stack things sensibly to get a deeper and more reliable wash every time, make sure the water can reach every surface
Use bad detergents
Not all products clean the same way-there is a big difference between good detergents and bad ones. And it is not a matter of price. You have to be careful when choosing and understand whether the detergent has all the components you need for effective washing
Don't clean the filters
We all know we have to do it :), but none of us feel like doing it. Let alone clean the debris from the tiny spray holes. We should do it at least once a month, it makes the dishwasher work better and reduces the likelihood of food particles getting on the dishes.
Stacking cutlery the wrong wayI tell you, I give up on this one. Me stacking cutlery the perfect way just can't do it! Perhaps the cutlery one is the domestic dispute that has raged since the dawn of the dishwasher: should the cutlery be facing up or down in the basket for those who have a basket? Some argue that they should be up. Not true they must be facing down. Why? Safety first, for the children, ourselves, and I would add our four-legged friends (who among us dog-lovers can honestly say we don't "take advantage" of our four-legged friends as a dishwasher pre-treater?). More convenience in removing the cutlery at the end of the wash, but most importantly, less germs. We touch the cutlery from the handle side and not from where we eat
Washing items that are not dishwasher safe
This is one of the most common mistakes we make. Raise your hand if you've never put in a wooden cutting board or aluminum or plastic cookware that can't handle heat? We are preparing a list for you of what to put in the dishwasher and what not to...but in the meantime, let's remember: no wood, no aluminum, no ceramic or bone-handled cutlery, no ashtrays, no brass or other light alloys, no ceramic plates, no lead crystals, no pewter
Do not use rinse aid (perhaps citric acid as a rinse aid)
Rinse aid contributes to cleanliness and also reduces the surface tension of the water so that the water comes off the dishes more easily rather than forming water droplets. This aids drying and prevents stains from forming on the glasses.
Close the door when not in use
It's best to leave the dishwasher door slightly ajar between washes: the dishwasher is a humid environment and the door's rubber gaskets are a bit delicate, needing to dry out to prevent mold from forming and leaving unpleasant odors.
There you have it, these are just a few tips to make dishwasher washes as effective as possible while reducing consumption.
It has taken us a year..too long, but you can finally try our dishwasher ecotabs, effective at low temperatures and guaranteed to be deep clean. The packaging is recycled cardboard and compact by design.
It's the small everyday gestures that make the big revolutions.
Sources: R5 processing®Living, https://www.choice.com.au/