MYTH: The dishwasher is the perfect, self-sustaining appliance. In addition to making your dishes and cutlery new and clean again, your dishwasher cleans itself every time it’s run.
FACT: The dishwasher, like many of your dishes, is made up of different parts, all of which need to be properly maintained in order to function correctly. One dishwasher part that’s prone to a lot of wear and tear is the rack. The functionality of the dishwasher rack is a key component to making sure your dishes come out perfect. Since the rack can be expensive to replace, read on for myths about them that we’ve debunked to help you extend the life of your rack.
Load Your Dishwasher Like a Pro
MYTH: Fill your dishwasher to the breaking point. As long as you can shove a plate into every nook and cranny, your dishes will come out of the wash cycle with less spots than an albino black sheep.
FACT: As we discussed in this post, there is an intricate science behind the correct way to load your dishwasher. By not over-stuffing your dishwasher racks, you will prevent them from wearing them down too fast. Keep your cups from bending or breaking the spokes on the upper rack by using the spokes as row dividers, rather than as spots to cover with more cups.
Lose the Food and You Lose the Stench
MYTH: The water jets inside the dishwasher are powerful enough to dislodge any food stuck to the plates. Scrubbing excess cuisine off your plates before washing them is a bigger waste of time than Googling “biggest wastes of time” for punchlines to this joke.
FACT: Larger scraps of food should be removed before placing the dish onto the rack. If you just can’t bring yourself to eat that last rogue spaghetti noodle off your plate, properly dispose of it in the trash or in your dog’s mouth. Consistently trying to clean dishes covered in food can actually damage the dishwasher components.
Send Your Racks to the Sauna
MYTH: Never run your dishwasher on maximum heat. Using hot water only wastes energy. Dishwashers work like laundry machines: they will clean at any temperature.
FACT: Always run your dishwasher on maximum heat. The newest models of popular dishwasher brands like KitchenAid, GE, and Bosch all come equipped with high temperature options. Cleaning dishes at less 125 ºF increases the opportunity for detergent residue to coagulate in the dishwasher over time – everywhere inside it, not just on the racks. By keeping your temperature on high, you can ensure that your racks stay as spotless as your plates.
Be Mindful of Times Between Use
MYTH: Regardless of how many dishes you use, run your dishwasher every day. Frequent runs will keep your unit from smelling and ensure that germs don’t build their own society on the racks.
FACT: Do not run your dishwasher every day, only on the days when it gets full. By doing this, you not only benefit from savings in water and electricity usage, you will also put less wear and tear on the racks. The jets inside the dishwasher are extremely powerful. If they can pulverize the leftover crumbs and dried maple syrup on your plates, they can also do damage to the racks over time. If you are concerned about a smell or germs coming from your dishwasher, you can always use dishwasher cleaner like Glisten to keep your whole dishwasher in top shape.
Care for your dishwasher and you will be rewarded with spotless, germ-free dishes every time. By debunking these myths, you can ensure that your dishwasher racks reach their greatest efficiency to live a long, happy life. And that’s a fact.
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