Dishwashers seem pretty simple: dishes go in dirty and come out clean. And they're designed to be pretty simple: if they weren't easy to use they wouldn't really save us the time and effort of handwashing. But they're so simple that it can be easy to take them for granted. Just load and push start, right? Yet with the right detergent, some stacking know-how and a little bit of TLC, your dishwasher can run at optimal performance, load after load. In fact, understanding how to use a dishwasher properly and help maintain it over time is easier than you might think.
If you’ve just purchased a new machine and need to learn how to use a dishwasher for the first time, or if you just want to find out how to use a dishwasher optimally to get the best results, our tips and tricks are here to help. Always consult your machine’s manufacturer manual first.