7 Ways to Improve Your Dishwasher's Performance

7 Ways to Improve Your Dishwasher’s Performance


Modern dishwashers are amazing additions to our home, they save us huge amounts of time each year that we would otherwise spend scrubbing dirty dishes, but they don’t always clean up to our high standards. Most of us have had the experience of opening the dishwasher to find dishes or glasses still soiled or spotted with grime but there are simple fixes that can be done to keep your appliance in top working condition.


1. Make Sure You Use Dishwasher Salt and Top Up Regularly

Modern dishwashers utilise a block which is required to soften the water, especially in areas of hard water, preventing limescale from building up. Ensure that the salt is regularly deposited into the machine to regenerate the block, keeping your dishes perfectly clean. If the appliance goes extended periods of time, then the block will harden and need replacing, and salt will be injected into the appliance giving you a salty layer over your dishes.


Base of the Dishwasher With Salt Container (Left)

2. Make Sure Your Rinse Aid Reservoir is Filled Regularly

Modern detergent doesn’t work in the same way it used to, in 2010 detergent companies were banned from using phosphates in their products as they cause algal bloom, which negatively effects the environment. Now, rinse aid is very important in the wash cycle because it fills the gap left by the lack of phosphates. Rinse aid causes the water to sheet over the dishes instead of beading up and causing water spots and It also helps them dry better. It is important to use rinse aid as without it you will not get the same levels of cleanliness.


3. Don’t Rinse Dishes Before Putting Them in The Dishwasher

Leaving large chunks of food on your dishes can compromise the cleaning ability of your dishwasher, so make sure to scrape larger chunks into the bin. Ensure you do not rinse your dishes as the white powder in your dishwasher tablet will react with the food on your plates. If there is no food, the powder will become not be as effective and cause your dishes to have a chalky layer on the surface.


4. Don’t Wait For it To Be Full, Use the Dishwasher Whenever You Please

In the past, we were advised to wait for our dishwasher to be full before switching on the programme, however with modern dishwashers we no longer need to. Many dishwashers offer a half load programme which will use less water and energy than a standard programme, making it ideal for washing a smaller quantity of dishes.


5. Occasionally Clean Your Dishwasher With White Vinegar

In areas with hard water, you will get a build up of limescale within the dishwasher. When you see this place some vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup or bowl and place it at the bottom of an empty dishwasher. Then set the appliance to wash on a hot cycle, the vinegar will break down any limescale and any remaining bits of food, grease or soap scum from the appliance, giving you that brand new shine.


Cleaning Using Vinegar

6. Follow the Manufacturers Loading Guidance

When it comes to loading the appliance, ensure you follow the guidance given in your appliance’s instruction booklet. A poorly loaded machine that is crowded or overloaded can block the spray arm, reducing the cleanliness of your dishes, or even cause damage.


7. Use High Quality Dishwasher Detergent

The detergent you use plays a big part in the level of cleanliness achieved, for the best results it is recommended to use high quality dishwashing detergent or tablets and to not add over the recommended amount. Make sure you always pour the detergent into the built-in measuring cup inside the dishwasher and never use dish soap designed for handwashing or detergent designed for other appliances.


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