Top 7 Dishwasher Myths Uncovered
Are you suspicious of dishwashers? Do you sometimes avoid using them for intended purposes? In fact, there are people who use them as dish racks because of the plenty of excuses that have been raised regarding using these appliances. However, we are here to expose the myths and reveal to you some of the preconceptions that people have concerning dishwashers that aren’t true.
Dishwashers like Bosch Dishwasher and Kitchenaid Dishwasher are actually designed to help you, and not to hurt you or the environment. Therefore, you need not fear. Here are top seven dishwasher myths;
Myth 1: Dishes Have to Be Pre-Rinsed Before Putting Them in the Dishwasher
The truth; Modern dishwashers such as Kitchenaid Dishwasher and Bosch Dishwasher are designed to eliminate food particles from the pots, pans, silverware, and containers in a safe manner. You don’t need to pre-rinse your dishes since they are fitted with ProScrub Option that has many targeted spray jets. All you are required to do is to scrap the food particles off the dishes into your garbage disposal, and then place the dishes in your appliance. When it comes to soiled up dishes, it is best to load them facing down in the lower rack and choose the pans and pots cycle.
Myth 2: I Can Put Any Drinking or Cooking Item in the Dishwasher
– Wooden spoons and cutting boards
– Cast iron pans and pots
– Dishes and glasses that have painted decorations or metallic trims
– Some chef’s and steak knives
Most dishwashers offer a list of items that you can and can’t place in the dishwasher.
Myth 3: It Doesn’t Matter How I Load My Dishes
The truth; this is one of the most confusing things when it comes to dishwasher usage. To know how to load dishes in your dishwasher correctly, you need to consult its user manual. If you don’t have time to go through it or you misplaced it, here are several tips;
– Load the dishes vertically and ensure there is ample space between each dish. This will ensure that water coming from the three spray arms, can reach all the dishes
– Pans and pots should be placed in the lower rack with soiled-side facing downward. If your dishes such as pan, have stuck-on messes, place it towards the back wall so that the ProScrub of your portable dishwasher can wipe it clean
– Place the silverware in the dishwasher baskets. By placing them in the oval holes, spoons and other silverware pieces will be reached by the water. If you have to load the basket without placing the silverware in the oval holes, you need to stagger the orientation of the silverware
– Place durable plastic items on the top shelf your dishwasher
Myth 4: A Dishwasher Fills Up with Water Hence Increases My Water Bill to Greater Percentage
Truth; if you open your dishwasher door in the mid-wash, you will see very little water- in fact, less than a bowl-full in the base of your appliance. This is because the dishwasher cleans and recycles small amounts of water. It is being calculated that ten liters of water have the equivalent cleaning effect of 4,000 liters, passing through the appliance.
Myth 5: Items Washed by Hand Are Cleaner Than Those from the Dishwasher
The truth; to get a thorough clean when using dishes by hand, you need to put in more effort and apply force as this is the main cleaning factor. A hand-wash liquid is less effective in the temperature that the water that you will be using to wash your dishes in manually. The maximum temperature of the water you can comfortably touch with your hands is about 45 degrees. This cannot make your detergent to be a mild formulation.
However, with the best dishwasher, the temperatures can rise to 70 degrees Celsius, which will make the detergent formulate in a way that various food residues like protein, starch, and bleachable stains can be removed. Studies have shown that a dishwasher leads to better cleaning results of the dishes than washing by hands.
Any poor cleaning results could be caused by the use of low-quality detergent or poor loading.
Myth 6: A Dishwasher Consumes More Energy Power Which Means High Electricity Bills
The truth; A recent study proved that washing dishes by hand consumes more electricity than using a dishwasher. This is because a dishwasher heats up the water which is then used to clean dishes and get recycled around the machine. The less water used, the less energy power is needed to heat the water.
Compared to hand-washing, dishwashers use much less water. The best Bosch dishwasher needs as little as 6.5 liters of water to clean dishes that would require 49 liters of water when being cleaned by hand. This is according to Intertek. Dishwashers heat up water in an efficient way by using a continuous-flow heater that results in less heat loss. In hand-washing, you have to heat the water in a tank and pour it into the sink. This leads to loss of water temperature. However, the dishwasher is insulated, and this helps to avoid heat loss.
Myth 7: Bacteria Builds Up Inside Damp Appliances
Truth; Bacteria are everywhere in our lives, and we face them every day. At home, you get bacteria mainly in the kitchen. This is due to high humidity, food remains, and lack of proper kitchen hygiene. Indeed, wet and dirty hand wash, kitchen drain, and tea towels provide good living conditions for bacteria, if they are not cleaned regularly.
However, the high temperature in the interior space of the dishwasher coupled with the bleach in the washing detergent ensures that bacteria are eliminated in a dishwashing cycle. However, food remains can build up on the door seals and gasket of the dishwasher. Because these parts don’t get into contact with detergent and water, they need to be cleaned regularly by hand. Clean your dishwasher door gasket with a damp cloth to remove food remnants and other debris. Also, remember to clean the door seal, located in the dishwasher at the bottom of the door.
There you have them; 7 myths people have concerning dishwashers. We hope this will change your perspective towards dishwashers.
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