The Dos And Don’ts Of Dishwasher Use

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4446199_sAs we move into the summer season, most homeowners are almost to the bottom of their spring cleaning checklist and are ready to switch gears and start thinking about plans for the hot weather.

Doing things outdoors like camping and vacationing are usually reserved for the warmer temperatures of the summer season. Not to mention, this is the time of year when the kids are out of school and taking a vacation makes the most sense.

However, while you are away from your home, the worst thing that can happen is that a plumbing issue arise. There are many parts of your plumbing system that can break down – no the least of which are your plumbing appliances.

You dishwasher is a very useful appliance, and one that gets used every day – sometimes twice a day depending on if you have guests over for a meal. This means that your dishwasher can easily fall victim to a breakdown or malfunction.

Luckily, if you follow these simple maintenance tips … your dishwasher will stay in top working condition for years:

  • Avoid overloading your dishwasher. Inside of the machine are sprayers that work to rinse and wash all of the leftover food off of your dishes. But if you load your dishwasher in a way that the dishes prevent those sprayers from getting to the surface of your dishes, not only will you have a load of unclean dishes, but you will have a broken dishwasher. The elements inside must be allowed to work as they are designed to or, they will stop working properly.
  • Avoid washing items that are not dishwasher safe. Do not put items like wooden cutting boards in your dishwasher. Other items like takeout containers and styrofoam should also never be put in the dishwasher.
  • Avoid using cheap dishwasher detergent. Never put hand washing detergent in your dishwasher. Only detergent that is specifically for dishwashers. Also, use powder rather than liquid or gel and make sure it does not contain sand or any other elements that could be damaging to your dishwasher.

Keep your dishwasher from causing an interruption in your fun in the sun activities this summer. Follow these tips for what NOT to do, and ensure your dishwasher stays in top working condition all year around.

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