10 Important Things You Should Know About Your Dishwasher

10 Important Things You Should Know About Your Dishwasher

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Faith Durand
Apr 18, 2015

If you're so fortunate as to have a dishwasher in your house or apartment, then you want to make sure it's always performing at its peak.

From the right way to load your dishwasher, to the simplest way to banish stinky smells, to some other surprising facts, here are 10 things every dishwasher-owner should know.

Loading A Dishwasher: Watch the Video

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4. Rusty racks? Cover them with dishwasher rack caps.

A small, smart fix for cheap dishwasher racks that are worn down and rusty.

5. If your dishwasher is running badly, you can fix it.

I didn't realize until embarrassingly late in life that you can easily take a dishwasher apart and clean it until it runs better. Here's how:

Read More: How To Clean a Dishwasher

6. Run the hot water before starting the dishwasher.

Running the hot water in your sink before starting a load will ensure that the dishwasher starts with hot water and doesn't spend time washing dishes with cold water.

7. Load the utensils by type for faster unloading.

Not everyone believes in this tip — but I love it.

Read More: One Small Step to Make It Easier to Unload Utensils from the Dishwasher

8. Lots of manufacturers give you a diagram for best dishwasher loading. Do you have yours?

Have you checked out the manual for your dishwasher? Have you seen all your manufacturer's tips for best loading?

See Them All: The Correct Way to Load Dishes for Every Major Dishwasher Brand, as Shown in Their Manuals

9. Yes, you can cook salmon in the dishwasher.

Yeah, it sounds crazy! But you can actually cook amazing salmon in the dishwasher and get two things done at once.

See How: Can You Really Cook Salmon in a Dishwasher?

10. The dishwasher is good for more than just dishes.

Here's a smart tip: Your dishwasher is the best place to spray your baking pans with baking spray!

Read More: The Best Way to Use Cooking Spray Without Making a Mess

What else do you think is really important to know about using a dishwasher efficiently and effectively?

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