Tips and tricks to make your dishwasher work better

Whether you are a bachelor or a mom of four, there is no denying that finding an awesome dishwasher for sale is one of the best moves you can make.


But, like all kitchen appliances for sale today, dishwasher prices can get a bit high and, because we simply have to have one, we have compiled a list of some of the things you can do to make your machine work better and harder, without the unnecessary wear and tear.


Rinse before you wash

While many of you will argue that rinsing your dishes before popping them into the dishwasher is a bit redundant, it really isn’t. By rinsing your dishes with a little warm water before placing them in the washer will ensure that those nasty bits of foods won’t clog up your machine, resulting in a cleaner and happier kitchen appliance.


If you only run your machine once a day, rinsing your dishes will ensure that food doesn’t get too hard and irremovable from your dishes during the cycle.


Pack your dishwasher efficiently

We all have the urge to put as much dirty dishes into our washers than humanly possible, but this is not the best thing to do. This can result in dishes not coming out clean after the first cycle, which means that you will have to rerun the load or wash those dishes by hand.


Stacking your dishes will result in the spray not reaching every dish it should, leaving some of your dishes dirty. The best thing to do in this case is to either select a couple of easy pieces to wash by hand, or divide the dishes and wash them in separate loads.

How you should pack your machine

  1. There are quite a few rules when it comes to loading your dishwasher, and here are a couple of them to help you get the best results:
  2. Remember to place your dishes with the dirty side facing inwards. If possible, stack your dishes in a ‘one small one big’ pattern.
  3. Use the top rack for stacking all your cups, bowls and glasses. When loading your glasses into the washer, remember to place them between the tines and not over them. This will help your glass to not rattle or come out with nasty marks.
  4. The top rack is also great for putting all your plastic containers as well as larger kitchen utensils.
  5. If you have pots and pans, remember to place them on the bottom rack of your machine.


Clean your dishwasher regularly

When you think about it logically, do you really want to use your ‘clean’ dishes that was just removed from a food clogged machine? There are a couple of easy ways to clean your machine one of them being pouring a cup of vinegar into the bottom of your empty machine and then running a full wash cycle. This will help to clear out the food bits and keep your washer smelling fresh.


You should also regularly check the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher and remove any food bits that might get caught there. Your water spray arms might also clog from time to time, so remember to clean those as well.

Don’t forget about your seals – those around the door and anywhere else in your machine. You can use a toothbrush to give this a good clean and remove any soap and food build up that might occur.

The cycle is key

Because of our fast paced lives, we are often tempted to find kitchen appliances for sale that do the job the quickest, but selecting a faster cycle on your machine is not always the best thing to do. This does in many cases result in your dishes not coming out as clean as it should. Remember to match the cycle you choose to use with how dirty your dishes are.

Also keep in mind that more detergent is not necessarily better. Aside from leaving marks on your glasses, it can also leave other unwanted residue in your machine.


A couple of dishwasher hacks to make life easier

Remember to place your larger utensils (like serving spoons) upside down on the top rack to stop it from collecting water and leaving a watermark.
When shopping around for a dishwasher for sale, the dishwasher prices are not the only thing you should consider. Opt for a more energy efficient machine to help you save on your energy bills in the long run.

When washing your pots and pans in the dishwasher, remember to place them at a slight angle instead of just upside down. This will help the water to more easily reach the dirty surfaces.

If you have the problem of your utensils nesting together, you can always vary the placement – placing one facing down and the other facing up.

Getting puddles at the bottom of your cups and bowls. Simply place your cups and bowls at an angle to avoid creating a place where water can gather.
Drip down can also be a problem for some and, a super easy way to solve the problem is to unload your bottom drawer first.

The fresher your detergent, the better it cleans, so remember use a high quality cleaner and keep it in a cool, dry place.

If you love baking, remember to place your trays and platters around the edges of the bottom tray. This will ensure that your trays are not restricting the water spray.

Now that you know how to make your dishwasher work better, why not find a dishwasher for sale on Junk Mail?

Some of the best dishwashers for sale

There are a number of manufacturers that produce high quality dishwashers. Some of these manufacturers include Samsung, Bosch and Defy, so we wanted to take a look at some of the newest models available on Junk Mail.

A Bosch Dishwasher

The Serie | 2 SMS40E08ZA Silver Inox is a stunning machine available from Bosch. Boasting LED Indicators and a special anti-fingerprint coating, this Bosch dishwasher features an A+ Energy Efficiency Class and four wash programmes. It also offers a gentle handling for your glasses as well as an Eco Silence Drive. With a capacity of twelve place settings this dishwasher for sale also features a stainless steel drum, three temperature settings and a water consumption of 16 litres.



Buying a Defy Dishwasher

Defy is another kitchen appliance manufacturer that features a stunning range of dishwashers for sale. The DDW 173 Defy dishwasher is a stunning buy, boasting an A+ Energy Efficiency and an LED Display. With a 12 place setting capacity, this dishwasher for sale has four wash programmes, a top basket that is height adjustable and a salt indicator.

This machine also has a half load washing function, 58 minute wash duration and a water consumption of 15 litres.


Beautifully designed Samsung Dishwasher

Samsung is known for not only producing high quality kitchen appliances, but beautifully designed appliances as well. The DW—FN310W is no exception. With a 12 place setting capacity and a rotating nozzle spray wash type, this Samsung dishwasher has an A+ Energy Efficiency Class, an Eco standard cycle and an LED display.


In the market for a dishwasher without the hefty dishwasher prices? Why not browse Junk Mail to find the ideal dishwasher for sale. From a Bosch to a Defy, you are sure to find your dream kitchen appliances for sale on


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