Ah, the dishes. While some people are able to find a zen-like moment while loading and unloading the dishwasher, most of us don’t enjoy it. Ever wonder if you could be doing something to make your life easier when it comes to doing dishes? Here are 25 Dishwashing Mistakes You’re Probably Making Every Day.
You're not rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.
Yes you’re supposed to. Even if you have a fancy stainless dishwasher and use dishwasher soap that had a dirty lasagna pan going in on the commercial. Scrape off the cheese and other bits, and rinse your dishes.
Your dishwasher water may not be hot enough.
It needs to be around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and if it’s not, your hot water heater is adjustable. How do you know if your hot water reaches 120? Fill a glass with your hottest tap water and test it with a thermometer.
You're putting knives in the dishwasher.
Knives don’t go in the dishwasher (at least not ones you want to stay sharp). Same goes for peelers, graters, or anything that has a blade. It makes them dull, and a dull knife is one of the most dangerous things in a kitchen. (Go sharpen them if you haven’t in a few weeks. We’ll wait.)
You don't disinfect your sink.
When was the last time you disinfected your sink? If you can’t answer that, but you wash dishes in your sink, how do you get clean dishes from a sink that hasn’t been disinfected? You don’t have to use bleach scrub daily, but after doing the dishes in the evening, spray your empty sink with disinfecting spray – eco-friendly, with bleach, plain white vinegar, whatever you prefer – and let air dry overnight.
You don't clean your dishwasher.
Are you washing your dishwasher? Just like you need clean your shower regularly, you need to clean your dishwasher to keep smells from happening. Once a month or so, run your dishwasher without detergent, empty exept for a small bowl of white vinegar. This will disinfect it, and kill any lingering smells or mold/mildew buildup.
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