It’s okay. Sometimes dishwashers annoy us, too. Take a look at some cleaning pointers from the experts:

Many dishwashers now offer time-saving features that make upkeep simple. If you use your dishwasher frequently, run cycles with heavily-soiled dishes or have a busy lifestyle, look for dishwasher models with the convenience of self-cleaning filters and hard food disposers.

If your dishwasher’s surface is stainless steel, stainless steel cleaner and polish work best. You can also use liquid detergent or all-purpose cleaner. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Use vinegar to remove hard water spots. We recommend cleaning your dishwasher and disposal monthly or as needed for cleaner, fresher appliances.

Now that your dishwasher is in tip-top shape, get your dishes just as clean with these tips to help you load properly:

  • Load spoons and forks with some handles up and some down so they don’t nest. Load all knives with handles up. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for sharp prep knives to determine if they are dishwasher-safe.
  • Small bowls may be loaded so they stand “at attention” in the center row of the top rack. Those in the rear sections should face forward and those in the front section should face backward so the center sprayer reaches all of them.
  • Load glasses between the tines, not over the tines, to keep them secure and the avoid tine marks inside.
  • Oddly-shaped items, such as pot lids and handles, pizza pans, cookie sheets, etc., should be loaded so they do not interfere with the spray arm rotation.

Happy cleaning! At least you don’t have to wash all of those dishes by hand, right?