I am grateful though that I always had a dishwasher to help with this mundane chore because without it, I would have been miserable! So since I love my dishwasher and pray it never breaks down on me…again…I take very good care of her. Yep, you guessed it, her name is Rosey!
There are 5 things I do regularly to make sure that she is running efficiently and they have been working great for us.
Pre-Soak and Rinse
Why yes, she is a dishwasher and therefor she washes dishes, however, she does not perform miracles. I do not like to waste time, energy and water on rewashing things that were not ready to go in the dishwasher to begin with. My advice is rinse everything right away so there are no caked on foods. However, if your family is like mine and do not know how to work a simple faucet, your best bet is to pre-soak to get all the bits off the dishes. Then and only then are the dishes ready for Rosey!
Load Dishes Correctly
This varies from person to person based on preferences but I always make sure to space my dishes out so as to allow the water to fully cover all the dishes. Also, with the exception of my knives which are always handles up, I place the rest of my utensils with the handles down.
Clean Dishwasher Regularly
Once a month, or sooner if needed, I give Rosey a good cleaning. I used to use vinegar but have found that it actually eats away at the rubber seals so I discovered an even better alternative and it smells great. I use my favorite astronaut beverage, Tang! I don’t get to drink it anymore but I love that it is still a staple in my home!
First, I empty the food trap, and then I run water in the sink until it is really hot, this allows the water in the dishwasher to be hot right away. This is a good practice to do every time you run the dishwasher. Then I start the EMPTY dishwasher, without detergent for a few minutes or until the bottom is filled with hot water. I then pour about 8oz of tang into the water and then let the cycle finish. The dishwasher ends up super clean and smelling great.
Check Water Temperature
Water temp on dishwashers should be around 120-125 degrees in order to ensure proper cleaning. Lower than 120 means that some bacteria sticks around and no one wants that. Higher than 125 means that water flash dries rather than rolling off the dishes. When the water rolls off, it takes the food bits and bacteria with it.
Test Your Water
Testing for hard water is important for many reasons, especially when it comes to the dishwasher. Hard water not only leaves dishes cloudy and spotted, it can also cause calcium build up on the sprayers which can cause serious damage and high repair bills. It’s so easy to get a free in-home water analysis too with Hellenbrand because understanding exactly what’s in your water is the first step to seeing water clearly. Hellenbrand can give you answers you can trust.
So there you have it, how I take care of my very own Rosey! Hopefully someday my Jetsons dreams will come true, until then, I will take care of my girl!