Orders that stay at home and the prescribed social distancing have led many people to turn to their kitchen for entertainment, experiment with pantry-friendly recipes, and bake endless bread. However, preparing three meals a day means that the dishes never stop.
We contacted Carolyn Forte, director of household appliances and cleaning products at Good Housekeeping, for tips and advice on how to keep your dishwasher in top condition during overtime. While a first-class dishwasher makes your job easier, there is a reason why the fully integrated dishwasher was named by GH Seal owner Miele “Best dishwasher overall” from the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab—Fortes advice applies to models at any price.
Yes, there is a wrong way to fill the dishwasher. “My rule of thumb is: If the water can’t reach it, it won’t get clean,” explains Forte. Make sure there is space around everything so that nothing overlaps or prevents something else from getting clean, and always position the dirty side down or in the middle.
Glasses should be placed between the racks and not above them to minimize water stains and the likelihood of them breaking. Most Miele dishwasher If your dishwasher has a cutlery basket, place the forks with the tines up, the knives with the blade down and the spoons alternately so that they do not nest.
Bonus tip: Always scrape or wipe dishes before loading, even if you cycle immediately. Pre-rinsing is only necessary if you do not run a load immediately.
Yes, it cleans, but you need to clean it
“People think it’s clean, but there’s a lot of dirty stuff in the dishwasher,” says Forte. Like any machine, dishwashers work better if they are well maintained. This also includes regular cleaning. If you see any food scraps below or in the spray arm, remove them and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the filter. Forte recommends rinsing the filter regularly and scrubbing it with a toothbrush.
And you should do one once a month cleanser through the dishwasher. “They dissolve, go through the filter and pump to clean the inside. They remove leftovers, odors and hard water, ”she explains. Miele also manufactures products that have been specially developed for its machines and should be used a few times a year.
Choose the right setting
There is a reason why dishwashers have multiple settings. They all do different tasks and it is important to use the correct wash cycle for each load. Forte notes that most dishwashers, including those from Miele, have sensors that determine how dirty the dishes are so they know how much water to use. For best cleaning, she usually prefers the automatic wash or sensor wash cycle. (It is also worth noting that the use of products for Miele models such as dishwashing detergent and rinse aid results in the most efficient cycles.)
For heavier loads, such as pots and casserole dishes with baked goods, use a stronger cycle – for example the “Pots and Pans” program on Miele models – which usually includes two prewashes and a hot main wash. A “rinse and hold” cycle is especially helpful if you don’t run a load right away.
Disinfection programs that have a particularly hot final rinse (the cycle on Miele models, called SaniWash, reaches 158 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill bacteria are ideal for baby bottles, cutting boards and other dishes for preparation. “This is good, especially at a time like this when everyone is more germ-focused,” says Forte.
Think beyond dishes
You can do a lot more than just cook dishes in the dishwasher. “Children’s toys, sponges, toothbrushes, [even] Your dishwashers, such as drying racks and gas washers, can all be washed in the dishwasher, ”says Forte. “You can also do a separate cycle for pet toys and bowls.”
She also suggests throwing your grille into the washing machine – provided that they are, of course, dishwasher safe – and the metal grille filter from your extractor hood. Just check the manufacturer’s instructions first.
But don’t wash everyone Kitchenware
There are some things you should never put in the dishwasher. At the top of this list: wood and cast iron, meaning no wooden cutting boards and no Dutch stoves. She also notes that while most crystals and porcelain are dishwasher safe, you don’t want to use anything that is decorated over the glaze as this could come off. “The bottom line is that it is best to wash an item by hand if it is not labeled” dishwasher safe “or if you are unsure whether it will survive a cycle.”