Dishwashers are a great appliance to have in your kitchen, as they can save you time and effort when it comes to cleaning up after meals. However, in order to keep your dishwasher functioning well, there are certain things you should do and certain things you should avoid.

FIrst of all, scrape off excess food before loading your dishes into the dishwasher. This will prevent food particles from clogging up the dishwasher. Make sure to load your dishwasher properly, with plates and bowls facing the center and utensils facing down. This will ensure that the water can reach all the surfaces and clean your dishes thoroughly. Also, always use a dishwasher detergent that is specifically designed for use in dishwashers.

Just like any other appliance, your dishwasher needs regular cleaning. Wipe down the door and the interior of the dishwasher with a damp cloth, and remove any debris from the dishwasher’s filter.

Do not overload the dishwasher as this can prevent the water from reaching all the surfaces of your dishes, resulting in less effective cleaning. Do not use too much detergent as this may cause leftover residue on dishes. And finally, do not pre-rinse your dishes. The dishwasher will perform better if the dishes are dirty.