As a mom of six, I am well practiced on a number of less than desirable household chores. Dishwashing is one of them. The holidays lead to even more challenges as there are more dishes, more baking and more guests. Don’t let your guests witness anything less than perfection with your dishes by following these tips.
Pre-rinse, but not everything
There is nothing I would love more than to place all my dishes in the washer, without thinking about them. I rarely pre-rinse dishes that were just used, provided the dishwasher will be run within the hour. Also, notice I am saying pre-rinse and not pre-wash? I refuse to wash dishes before the dishwasher washes them. With Finish® detergents you can avoid a pre-rinse altogether and simply scrape off any large residue before placing dishes in the machine. Bowls with stuck on cheerios from breakfast, scrape off the cheerios. The glass pan you made lasagna in last night would be another good example.
Do not overload
As tempting as it is to fit every last item in the dishwasher before running it, resist. Overloading your dishwasher will not save you time, water or energy like you would hope. It will do the opposite as you will need to run the whole load again to get many of the dishes clean. To make matters worse, some of the food will be baked on and nearly impossible to get off.
Make sure your dishwasher is clean
If large pieces of food do make it into your load, it is necessary to clean out around the filter of your dishwasher regularly. Another great way of making sure your dishwasher is clean is by using Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner. Finish® will help fight grease, limescale and odour in your dishwasher, even in the hard to reach places. Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner is easy to use, peel off the sticker, put upside down in the dishwasher and run on its hottest setting. It is recommended to use Finish Dishwasher Cleaner monthly to maintain your dishwasher and keep it sparkling clean. At only $4.99 Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner can be found at your local grocer (Loblaws, Walmart, Canadian Tire, etc.)
Take your time and load the dishwasher properly
If your relationship with your partner is anything like mine, you likely have had many conversations about which is the best place to put the bowls. I will admit that my husband has a pretty effective way of loading that maximizes the space, but also ensures the dishes come out clean. This is unique to each dishwasher and will likely take time to perfect. Dishes have to be done and have to be done right. Getting it right does not have to be complicated, or time-consuming.
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