Dishwashers are a tricky one. Generally you move into a new flat or house, and the dishwasher that comes with it probably won’t come with instructions.

Luckily, general dishwasher use is not difficult! Here’s how you do it:

  • Open dishwasher.
  • Load dishes.
    • The bottom layer cleans more vigorously then the top layer. More delicate things, like glasses, go on the top.
    • Make sure the spinny blade thing at the top has room to spin. Otherwise your dishes won’t clean
  • Select a programme.
  • Close dishwasher.
    • This and ‘select a programme’ will change order depending on your dishwasher.
  • Press start.

It is also important to know what can go in a dishwasher. Here’s a general list of things that don’t go in:

  • Good cutting knives
  • Non-stick pans
  • Wine glasses (posh crystal ones)
  • Cast iron things
  • Some plastics
    • They will say on them if it’s ok generally
  • Insulated mugs

Now, if you’re lucky, the previous tenants will have used the machine regularly, and it’ll continue to leave your dishes shining for your say in the house. If you’re unlucky, you’ll end up with a brilliant machine that specialises in spreading food all over anything you put inside it.

Here’s how you fix that:

1. Dishwasher Salt.

2. Rinse Aid.

3. Dishwasher Cleaner.

4. Clean the filter.

If, after all of the above, your dishwasher is still spreading mushy food all over your plates then it’s probably time to call an engineer. Sorry.


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