Q. What is the best way to load the dishwasher?
If you’re looking for dishwasher loading tips, the first step is to look at the manual for your dishwasher. Not all dishwashers are designed the same. After you read the manual, here are some other tips to consider:
- Put delicate items (i.e., wineglasses) on the top rack and make sure they are not going to move during the load
- All knives (or other sharp objects) should be put with the blade facing down
- Don’t place things on top of other things (husbands and teenagers are usually good at stacking dishes like that in the dishwasher)
Q. What temperature should I use to wash my dishes?
A. Hot water is best to get your dishes as clean as they can be.
Q. Can liquid dish soap be used in my dishwasher?
A. Absolutely not! Liquid dish soap is not meant to be used in a dishwasher, it would create too much suds and they could end up all over your floor. Not a good idea!
Q. What is the difference between hard water and soft water?
A. Let’s start with hard water. This type of water has dissolved mineral salts in it (i.e., calcium and magnesium). These types of minerals can interfere with the cleaning ability of the detergent so you may need to use more detergent if you have hard water in your home. Hard water can cause spots or film on your glasses / dishes. Call your local water company or public utility company to find out whether your water is hard or soft.
If you get a ring in your bathtub, white residue around your drains or faucets and get ring around your bathtub, you may have hard water.
Q. How do I clean the actual dishwasher?
You can buy dishwasher cleaners. They are usually pods that you just put in the dishwasher, like you would use a cleaning pod, or you can put vinegar in the detergent dispenser and run a cycle.
Q. What should I wash by hand? Can it all go in the dishwasher?
A. Unfortunately, some items do need to be washed the old fashioned way, by hand. Fragile items can break in the dishwasher. Make sure your items are “dishwasher safe” before putting them in the dishwasher.
Q. How should I store my dishwasher detergent?
A. Powder detergent should be kept keep it in a cool, dry place. That will avoid any lumps in your detergent from moisture. All types of detergent should be closed tightly and stored out of the reach of pets and children.But no matter what type you use – powder, gel or tablet – be sure to close the package tightly after use and store out of the reach of small children and pets.