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Dishwasher mistakes to avoid

Dishwasher being loaded with bright plates

Ever since dishwashers first became commercially available for purchase more than six decades ago, they have been improved time and again for the sole purpose of making our lives more convenient. Different washing and drying elements have been added to make the cleaning process faster, and also to use less energy and save a household money on monthly utility payments. Despite these advancements and the machine's common usage, there are still common mistakes that people make while cleaning their kitchenware.

Here are a few of those mistakes and how to avoid them in the future:

  • Putting knives in the machine: Any sharp objects - such as graters and knives - should not be put in the dishwasher. Instead, they should be cleaned by hand. Over time, knives will become dulled if they are put under the intense water pressure of this appliance.
  • Rinsing dishes: Unless a dish still has a large piece of food on it, you do not need to run it under the sink before placing it in the dishwasher to be cleaned. This is an unnecessary¬†use of your time, as modern dishwashers are well equipped to handle any mess that might have been made on your dishes.
  • Using the wrong detergent: In many cases, liquid detergents are not the way to go because they can cling to your pipes and clog up the machine. Be sure to opt for a powder detergent, as it will cause no harm.

If you are experiencing difficulties with your kitchen's dishwasher, schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood. Our Fairfax plumbing services are top notch, and a member of our team of trained professionals will be able to assist you with whatever problem you are facing.