Mechanical dishwashers can be one of the biggest helpers available in cleaning up the kitchen, but sometimes they do not run as well as they should. Have you ever pulled a “clean” drinking glass out of the dishwasher and noticed it appeared to still be dirty? If you have, your dishwasher may need some help to run better. Listed below are a couple different ways that you can help your dishwasher run at its peak performance level.

Scrape Your Dishes Clean Before Loading

Dishwashers were invented to help you out in the kitchen and wash your dishes for you; however, stuck on gunk and food debris sometimes need to be scraped off dishes before being inserted into the dishwasher. You do not have to fully wash dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, but if there are larger pieces of debris visible, simply scrape it off first to help ensure that your dishwasher is able to produce the cleanest dishes possible for you.

Clean Your Dishwasher Regularly

Cleaning the inside of your dishwasher may not be at the top of the list of things that come to mind that could help your dishwasher run better, but it truly does make a huge difference. Even though the dishwasher is washing dishes and producing clean dishes for you, the inside of the washer can still get dirty and need to be cleaned. You can remove the course filter and throw any large particles of debris into the trash can, you can clear any particles from the drain reservoir, and clear out the fine filter. Cleaning the inside of your dishwasher in this manner monthly (or bi-monthly) allows the dishwasher to maintain peak performance.

Clean The Seals Of The Dishwasher

You can easily clean the seals of your dishwasher with an old toothbrush. The toothbrush can be used to rid the rubber seals (such as where the dishwasher door meets the wash tub or the soap basin of the dishwasher) of caked of debris. Clearing the dishwasher seals of debris helps ensure that there are no random leaks throughout the washing cycles, and that the soap is released at the proper time.

Never Overload Your Dishwasher

It is quite tempting to overload your dishwasher by layering utensils upon utensils and cups upon cups or bowls upon bowls to get all of the dishes done quicker, but this is not the best option for your dishwasher. In order to allow your dishwasher to properly clean the dishes, there should never be overcrowding during a wash cycle. It is much easier to wait until the next load to insert the last few dishes than to have to wash a whole load again because the dishes did not get clean the first time due to layering.

These are just a few of many different tips available to help your dishwasher run better. Dishwashers are a true convenience in the kitchen that save time and effort when it comes to getting dishes clean, but in order for the dishwasher to work properly, it must be taken care of and used properly.