Improving Dishwasher Cleaning Performance for Sparkling Dishes

We understand the importance of spotless dishes and want to help you achieve the best cleaning results possible. In this article, we will present you with a range of tips to enhance your dishwasher’s performance. We have organized these tips in order of their impact, beginning with the most effective tips. By implementing these strategies, you’ll be on your way to enjoying sparkling clean dishes.

Adjust the rinse aid dispenser setting

One of the most impactful tips to improve dishwasher cleaning is adjusting the rinse aid dispenser setting. Ensure that your dishwasher’s rinse aid dispenser is set to the highest level. This allows an adequate amount of rinse aid to be dispensed, reducing water spots and helping food debris slide off dishes during the rinse cycle.

Use high-quality detergent

Choosing a high-quality detergent can significantly enhance your dishwasher’s cleaning power. Opt for reputable brands and avoid cheaper options that may contain abrasive substances like sand. Powder detergents are generally preferred over gels, as they can contain both enzymes and bleach, resulting in more effective stain removal and overall cleaning performance.

Clean your filter and dishwasher regularly

Regular maintenance is crucial for optimal dishwasher performance. Clean the dishwasher’s filter and remove any food debris or soap scum that has accumulated. Clogged filters can hinder water circulation and prevent dishes from getting properly cleaned. Additionally, consider using a dishwasher cleaner, such as Dishwasher Magic, on a quarterly or monthly basis to keep your dishwasher fresh and free from buildup.

Load the dishwasher correctly

Proper loading techniques ensure that water reaches all surfaces of your dishes for thorough cleaning. Follow these guidelines:

  • Respect the tines: Space dishes appropriately to allow water to flow between them. Cutlery should be placed “randomly,” with some facing up and some facing down. Knives are best facing down for safety.
  • Respect gravity: Obviously, stack bowls and cups upside down to prevent water collecting in them. But you should take it a step further and make sure that cups and bowls are angled slightly so that condensation collects on a slanted surface, rather than a level surface, and runs off easily.
  • Avoid stacking dishes on top of one another: This can impede water circulation and result in poor cleaning.
  • Follow instructions on dishes: Many plastic dishes are only “top rack” dishwasher safe. Those dishes will melt if you place them in the bottom rack, which is near the heating element.

Run hot water at the sink before starting a cycle

Before initiating a dishwasher cycle, run hot water at the sink. This action helps prime the hot water pipe, eliminating cool water that may be trapped between the dishwasher and the water heater. Hot water is essential for optimal wash performance, so ensuring it gets to the dishwasher soon is helpful.

Use an appropriate amount of detergent

Finding the right balance with detergent is essential. Avoid using excessive amounts as it can lead to soap residue on dishes. Generally, 1-2 tablespoons of detergent is sufficient. Consider using prepacked detergent doses to ensure accurate measurement and prevent overuse.

Consider using a water softener

The Midlands area is blessed with generally soft water, so it’s not likely that this is a problem. However, if you’re on a well or in an area with hard water, mineral deposits can affect dishwasher performance. Using a water softener or water treatment system, either for the entire house or specifically for the dishwasher’s water supply, can help improve wash results. Water softeners reduce mineral buildup and contribute to cleaner dishes.

Seek professional assistance if needed

If you have tried the above tips and are still experiencing poor dishwasher performance, it may be time to consult a certified and trained technician. They can diagnose and address any mechanical issues that may be affecting your dishwasher’s cleaning capabilities.

If Your Dishes Still Don’t Sparkle

You don’t have to settle for subpar cleaning results from your dishwasher. By following these effective tips, you can significantly enhance your dishwasher’s performance and achieve spotless dishes every time. If not, it may be time to call a professional appliance repair company to find the problem. If you’re in the Midlands area, you can call or schedule online with Appliance Professional. Don’t forget about our AP Service Plans – each one includes an annual cleaning of your dishwasher!