7. Not Emptying the Food Trap
When using a dishwasher, you must empty the food trap at regular intervals. Not emptying the food trap is another dishwashing mistake that you should avoid making.
Too much debris in the food trap will block adequate water flow and make the dishwasher significantly less efficient. This, in turn, will result in dirty dishes.
Also, too much food debris will lead to mold and can cause severe mold allergies.
So, clean the food trap every few weeks to help your dishwasher function properly.
8. Putting the Wrong Items in the Dishwasher
Many people make the mistake of loading the dishwasher incorrectly or putting the wrong items in the dishwasher.
You have to put each item on the correct rack. Some items are safe to wash only on the top rack of the dishwasher. For instance, put bowls on the top rack of the dishwasher and face them toward the water sprayer. Also, glasses and large utensils should usually go on the top rack. Meanwhile, plates, pots, and pans should go on the bottom rack.
Check your dishwasher manual before using it. The manual provides diagrams for the most efficient ways to load your washer. Following the guidelines will allow your dishwasher to perform well.
Tips to Avoid Other Common Dishwashing Mistakes
- Use a stiff scrub brush with water when you clean cast iron pans.
- Never put wooden items in the dishwasher.
- Do not soak wooden items in the sink for hours. Instead, wash them right away to prevent the wood from cracking and swelling.
- If you’re washing the dishes in a sink, conserve water by turning off the tap while washing each individual dish. Also, use a small bowl of water to rinse the dishes, instead of rinsing each separately with running water.
- Always remember to close the detergent compartment of your dishwasher before you start the cycle.
- Make sure your water is hot enough while running the dishwasher. Even while washing dishes by hand, try to use bearable hot water.
- When washing glassware, never ignore the spots on them. Noticeable spots mean you have hard water.
- Except for butter knives and other dull knives with a solid handle, keep knives out of the dishwasher.
- Hand washing the knives helps keep them sharp and prevents damage to their handles and seams.
- Proper kitchen cleanliness and dish sanitation are important to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
- Don’t just wipe off cutting boards or knives. Clean them with hot, soapy water after each use. You can also use lemon and salt to deep clean wooden cutting boards.