The 10 Most Useful Dishwashing Tips Everyone Needs To Know

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You would crave an amazing meal that you master, but what’s stopping you from going into the kitchen?

Yes, the same reason why we all get lazy and end up ordering food from outside instead… the dirty dishes! Whether you are a big fan of cooking or not, you can’t deny that washing the dishes is the most annoying part of it all.

If you are anything like me, then you do too end up using every plate, pan, spoon, and knife you own. It is a bad habit that I know it needs to be changed, but it is not as easy.

Suddenly, I find myself scrubbing and scrubbing, trying to figure out an easier way to do this, and that’s when I came across some of the greatest dishwashing tips. Not only your dishes will be cleaner, but you will cut down so much of your valuable time in the kitchen.


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Vinegar is really misunderstood when it comes to its great cleaning benefits; it has the power to remove the hardest, most stubborn stains.

When you have a pan that wouldn’t get clean easily, you can boil a little of your vinegar and add it before you load the dishwasher in order to help it get rid of all the grease and stains easily. Vinegar can also get rid of the wine stains that are hard to remove from the glasses.

Cold water for dairy remnants

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We often believe that hot water is the most effective when it comes to getting the remaining stains out, which is true but only when it comes to cleaning grease. Cold water, on the other hand, is more effective with stains.

So if you had pasta or lasagna for lunch, opt for cold water to make the job easier. Plus, it will not make the pan sticky like the hot water does, which is an added point!

Soda for the dirty dishes


You already know that soda is not healthy for your body or teeth, but it is great when it comes to cleaning the dirty dishes. The ingredients of that Pepsi is capable to work as a great cleaning agent.

Plus, this is the greatest way to get rid of the remaining Coca-cola cans you bought for the party; you will be cleaning up space in your pantry and fridge, too.

Simply, soak the pans or pots with burnt stains or scorch marks in soda, and enjoy watching them vanish. It is best to leave it overnight for the best results!

Soak your dishes


There are some days (nights) when we just don’t feel like handling dishes; it feels like it is a task for another time. Then try at least to not leave the dishes with their stains just like that, you need to soak them in soapy water in order for the stains not to get drier and stick more.

When you finally get around it, you will notice how easier it becomes to clean them. However, try not to leave them for a long time because the bacteria will become a much bigger problem than the stains.

Turn on the gadgets

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If you want to clean a bigger kitchen tool that has blades, then don’t hurt yourself putting your hands where it might get cut. It may not even be that useful because it is hard to get the food stuck beneath them.

The best way to deal with these tools is to add dish detergent or soapy water to the gadget, and then turn them on to clean itself. In a few seconds, it will get completely clean and good as new. For coffee pots and slow cookers, you can add the soap water, let it sit for one hour while keeping them on low heat.

Avoid overloading the dishwasher

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Your dishwasher is great at washing all of your dirty plates and glasses, but it still doesn’t have a superpower. How do you expect it to wash them all clean when you have been overloading it?

The majority of washing machines use a specific amount of water in each cycle, which means there will not be enough water to clean the entire dishes, leading you to double the word or ending up doing them yourself.

Stop rinsing your plates


This one goes for those who mainly use the washing machine: Before you put the dirty dishes into it, don’t rinse them. Instead, you should scrape the food off of them.

It is necessary to do this to help the dishes during its cycle because they could act as aggregates to the cleaning process, which is one more thing not to worry about as you are loading the dishes. As we mentioned before, your dishwasher machine doesn’t really have superpowers (yet!).

The power of lemon

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Same as vinegar (or maybe more), lemon has some great cleaning power that can truly blow your mind. Once you know what it can do, you will never stop it.

Lemon can help you with the heavy grease and hard-to-remove stains easily. You can just put a lemon wedge in the dishwasher before you turn it on to add an extra sparkle to your dishes that will also have a fresh lemony scent.

Seriously, why would you purchase lemon-based detergent when you can use the natural one?

Clean your sponge

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According to a 2017 study, the common household sponge carries an enormous amount of bacteria, which can easily be transported to the plates where we put the food we consume. To frequently wash it under the sink can be helpful, but there still will be a great number of bacteria that stays accumulated.

To help decrease the number of bacteria, you can put the sponge in the microwave for a few minutes, throw it with your next wash cycle, or boil (or rinse) with hot soapy water.

Get rid of the residue


Many people didn’t know this, but your dishwasher keeps the residues that slowly and gradually build up, leading to a big problem.

If you didn’t descale your dishwasher frequently, the build-up will affect the flow of soapy and hot water, which will obviously affect the cleaning process.

The best way to tackle this issue is by topping your machine up with a little dishwasher salt, as simple as that! You have to find time to do it or you will end up with less hygienic dishes that don’t smell that good.


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