How to Get the Most Out of Your Dishwasher/zalmen pollak
How to get the most of you Dishwasher/Zalman Pollak
1. Remember these basic rules first.
- Prerinse dishes if they’re going to sit in the machine all day. But if you’re running a cycle right away, just scrape off the food and leave it at that.
- Secure all plastics. If you don’t, blasts of water may cause these pieces to flip over, fall onto the heating element, and melt.
- Never stack items. The water spray won’t be able to reach (or clean) the dish that’s on top.
2. Load the bottom rack strategically.
- Load plates and bowls so that the dirty side faces the water spray. Pots, pans, and casseroles should angle down for the best cleaning results.
- Watch out for utensils with long, thin handles. They might slip through the rack and prevent the spray arm from spinning freely.
- Tuck flat pans and platters along the sides and back of the rack. Never place them in front, by the door ” they’ll keep the detergent from reaching the dishes. (Tip: For extra side space, move your flatware basket to the center if possible.)
- Make sure the forks and spoons don’t nest together. Place some handles up and others down so that all surfaces get washed.
- Always separate your stainless steel and silver (or silver-plated) flatware. If the two types touch in the wash, a reaction may occur and the silver could pit.
3. Cups go in the top rack.
- Place glasses and mugs between the tines ”” never on top. The tip of the prong can leave a water spot.
- Angle cups as much as the rack design will allow keeping water from pooling on the base of the upside-down cups. Still, got puddles? Unload the bottom rack first to avoid the drip-down.
- Arrange wine glasses carefully. To help prevent breakage, don’t let them bump against one another or the top of the dishwasher.
4. Don’t stock up on too much detergent.
- Powders, liquids, and packets can all clean well. But the detergent has to be fresh or it won’t do the job.
- A good rule of thumb: Buy only what you can use up within two months.
- And you should always store it in a cool, dry spot (not under the sink, where the detergent can clump or deteriorate).