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Inside your dishwasher is the most overlook place in house cleaning.

Inside the dishwasher cleaning

If you have an odor in your dishwasher "Houston There is a Problem." How to get along life and great results out of your dishwasher machine. 1.The first step you should do is empty your machine. If your not happy when you run a load and it still is dirty looking, stuck on food or have super hard water stains. 2. The second step to do is take out the bottom rack and place it on the kitchen floor. Clean out the food trap on the bottom, clean the screen and cleaning the inside of the machine. Top to sides to the very bottom of the machine. Houston maid service

3. The third step you should fill up the rinsing agent (blue stuff). If you have hard water problems get a water softener or run the machine with

CLR twice. If you don't know how to load a dishwasher properly. Here is a diagram below on properly loading the machine:

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your dishes clean period. I don't have the best dishwasher machine. I

have the Hotpoint basic white machine. It's a very, very loud machine, I usually run the machine at night or when I leave to work. So machines are super quiet, so quiet you don't know it's even on. So there is pros and cons to all dish washing machines.

Are you putting the setting on correctly? Make sure you are putting on

the right settings for your dishes. Heavy, Normal, light and china are some of the settings of the washes. Two types for drying heated or not heated. So do you wash your dishes first then put them in the dishwasher? Or, Do you put them in filthy and wish and a prayer they get cleaned. Well I did them both and I must say filthy is the way to go for me.

The dishwasher debate: rinse or no rinse?

This debate used to be a hot one, but we’re happy to clear it up. Unless your dishwasher is older than you are, you don’t need to put clean dishes in a dishwasher. The average dirty plate just needs to be scraped and added to the bottom rack; rinse or soak only the plates with have burnt or glued-on food. Use your best judgment (and a decent rubber scraper), and you’ll save water, time, and energy by loading those dirty dishes right into a machine that is fully capable of handling it.

A note before you go all in

Not everything belongs in the dishwasher. Wooden utensils, soft metals, good knives, stemware, and most cookware should be washed by hand, even if it says dishwasher safe. Today’s dishwasher detergents can be unkind to many metals and coatings, and the high heat and high water pressure in modern dishwashers can be too much for utensils made of natural materials.

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The low-down on loading

Before you load your dishwasher, take a look at the water jets, which are most likely located on the top and bottom of the inside of your machine. Understanding how the water gets directed during the wash and rinse cycle will help you arrange the dishes.

Another note: Like most home appliances, dishwashers run more efficiently when they are full.

Best way to load the dishwasher: the bottom rack

How to place dishes in dish washer

When loading the bottom rack, keep taller items around the perimeter so they don’t block the water flow. The dirty side of cookie sheets, cutting boards, and large dinner plates should face toward the center. As you rack up the plates, alternate between small and large to help the water jets get where they need to go. Your dirtiest dishes should always be in the center.

Best way to load a dishwasher: the top rack

The top rack is your gentle rack, best reserved for glasses and plastic. Away from the heating element and the more forceful jets, the top rack is designed for your delicates, so don’t overcrowd it. Glasses shouldn’t touch each other; if possible alternate between plastic and glass or allow enough room between them so that they can move and not clink. The same rules apply here; place your dirtiest dishes in the center.

Best way to load the dishwasher: the silverware basket

Usually located in the door or on the bottom rack, the silverware basket is positioned to get the full force of the water jets, so don’t let anything get in its way. Place sharp knives in pointed down, for safety’s sake. The other utensils can go in up or down, as long as they won’t have the ability to nest into each other. silverware in the dishwasher

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A note on soap tablets are premeasured

Follow the directions on your dishwashing detergent container. You’re going to feel like the amount they recommend can’t possibly be enough. Trust them. If they wanted you to burn through the product faster so you’d buy more, they would have done it differently. Too much soap can leave spots and residue on dishes, making them feel dirtier than when you first loaded them. Also, keep your rinse agent reservoir full, especially if you have hard water.

Press the right button

Admit it. You press “Heavy Wash” every time. It just feels right, right?


Your dishwasher has several settings for a reason, and most of them are geared toward conserving energy and water (read: money and time). If you are a rinser (and you know who are because you totally didn’t agree with the first part of this blog), then you should always choose the lighter settings on your dishwasher. It will get them clean, we promise. The same goes for the heated dry settings. For those of you who like the productive hum of a dishwasher while you sleep, you can forgo the energy it takes to dry your dishes with heat as they will have a few hours to dry on their own before you open it back up.

Did these tips help you? Do you have more to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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