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Dishwasher Tips for Better Performance

Dishwasher Tips for Better Performance

17th Jun 2021

It might be hard to believe, but the first patents that led to the modern dishwasher dates back to 1850. Yes, we've been in a love-hate battle with dirty dishes, and what to do with them, for over 170 years. While today's ultra-modern dishwashers are a far cry from the hand crank version of bygone eras, we still need to pay special attention to these kitchen work horses.

Food, grease, and limescale can build up in the internal hoses and components of dishwashers resulting in a poor clean. If left unattended this can also shorten the life expectancy of the unit as it needs to work harder than intended. To help combat the sludge many dishwashers recommend monthly, or semimonthly, deep cleaning. Like many busy households the thought of actually cleaning the dishwasher has little to no appeal thankfully with the Miele Dishwasher Conditioner, or IntenseClean, this chore is easy as opening a bottle and pressing the "start" button.

Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Dishwasher Rinse Aid

What does rinse aid do: Helps to speed up drying time and prevent etching on glassware.

Do I need to use rinse aid? Yes, if you are using the dishwasher to clean glassware. Or if you notice dishes are still wet after the cycle is finished.

Dishwasher Salt

Dishwasher Salt

What does salt do: Salt is used to soften hard water to prevent harmful limescale buildup.

Do I need to use dishwasher salt? Yes, if you are in a rural area or have hard water.

Dishwasher Salt

What to do with a smelly dishwasher:

Many newer high efficiency (HE) dishwashers use a reservoir pan that collects water inside of the unit. If the dishwasher is not used on a daily basis the pan can develop a dingy, musty, or downright unpleasant odour. Since some households simply do not need to run the dishwasher as much as others the clip on Miele Dishwasher Freshener is our go-to option for eliminating unwanted odours.

Did you know: there are some kitchen items that truly should not be cleaned in the dishwasher. Delicate items should always be washed by hand to prevent accidental damage. These include:

  • Wooden or bamboo items (spoons, utensils, plates, bowls, etc.)
  • Sharp knives as the dishwasher can dull the blades
  • Cast iron pans and cookware
  • Handblown glass or hand painted items
  • Vacuum sealed travel coffee mugs 
  • Yeti and Stanley cups