How to Keep Your Dishwasher Washing

Quick! They’re coming! Your spouse just informed you that you’ll be entertaining last-minute dinner guests. Fun, but aaagh! Speedily you send your son to the store for prewashed lettuce and cut fruit. Then, you put water to boil for pasta, pour some sauce in the pot, take out cheese from the fridge, and preheat the oven to 350 for the loaf of chocolate chip cookie dough that’s been waiting patiently in your freezer for the right opportunity.

Next, you lift the debris from your latest DIY project off the dining table. Wipe it down. And neatly arrange your new placemats from Marshall’s. Then you smirk and applaud yourself for handling this challenge so well. 

That’s when you go to the dishwasher to retrieve last night’s dinner dishes only to discover you have “a little issue.” Discolored rice is stubbornly clinging to the rims of your china plates. The glasses you planned on using have fingerprints. There’s also a foul odor. Oh no!

Read these tips to avoid such a disaster and keep your dishwasher functioning well: 

  • Don’t overload your dishwasher with too many items.
  • Check that there is nothing blocking the spray arms so they can spin freely.  
  • Remove labels from jars with dish soap or Goo Gone before loading in, as they can fall off during the cycle and clog the screens and pumps of the machine. 
  • Put plastic items on the upper rack because some plastics can melt if they’re too close to the heating element at the bottom of the tub.
  • Place larger cooking utensils on the upper rack, with spoons facing down so they don’t collect water.
  • Load plates with the dirty side facing the center on the bottom rack with enough room between each plate to allow the water to reach both sides.
  • Place pots, pans and casserole dishes on an angle on the bottom rack with the dirty surface facing down.
  • Load taller items like cookie sheets on the outer edges of the bottom rack, making sure not to block the soap dispenser.
  • Use the slots in the silverware covers to keep your silverware separated for the best cleaning.
  • Load sharp utensils facing down and the dull (but not boring) items facing up.

Materials that don’t fare well in the dishwasher:

  • Disposable aluminum 
  • Anodized aluminum
  • Pewter
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Cast iron cookware
  • Leaded crystal
  • China, stoneware, and flatware that is not marked dishwasher-safe
  • Knives that use adhesive to attach the handle to the blade
  • Wooden cookware or valuable wooden utensils

Prevention & Protection

Once you’ve bid your guests goodbye and have taken the time to understand optimal dishwasher care, take a look at the warranty offerings from Cover Your Assets. In this day and age where messages can be transmitted within seconds across the world and science labs are full-functioning in outer space, there’s no good reason why anyone should be living with a broken appliance. But sadly, so many of us do. (I’ve got stories.)

That’s where the discussion of CYA comes in. CYA was specially created to offer our customers white-glove service to keep their valuables covered with expert and reliable service. Once one of your belongings under warranty does break down, all you’ll need to do is call and speak to one of the super-polite reps at CYA to schedule an appointment with a manufacturer-authorized repair person. Repairs will be done with only OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, meaning there will be no running to the corner store for substitute pieces or to the internet for refurbished hardware. And just like that – your dryer, cooktop, oven, fridge, or beloved dishwasher will be fixed in a jiff.

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