Partner Content: Take the dirty work off your plate
Back away from the sink. If you’ve been pre-washing your dinnerware, flatware and glasses before putting them in the dishwasher, you’re doing dishes all wrong. You should scrape off food scraps, but that’s really the only step a good dishwasher can’t handle, says Kevin Headley, vice president of sales for Sub-Zero Group West, Inc. in Costa Mesa. Earlier this year, the Sub-Zero and Wolf family of kitchen appliances launched their dishwashing complement with Cove, a luxury machine with 43 spray jets, adjustable racks and tines, loads of customizable settings and an owner’s app that lets you automate tasks like replenishing dishwasher detergent.
Yet even the fanciest machines won’t make your glasses sparkle if they’re loaded improperly. Are you guilty of cramming too many bowls in? Putting the flatware or large platters in the wrong place? Here are six tips to keep in mind so your kitchenware comes clean. Use them and you’ll get to raise a spotless glass at the next soiree.
- First, don’t pre-rinse the dishes. Dishwasher detergent is specifically formulated with enzymes to cling to food and help wash it away. Without food, the enzymes can’t latch onto anything.
- “The easiest way to ensure you’ll get the best clean is to use the machine’s auto cycle,” Kevin says. Much like your washing machine senses how large and dirty a load is, the dishwasher senses how full and grimy the dishes are. Cove allows for 200-plus options to customize the length of wash, the temperature of the rinse and more. Some may want to dictate what’s best for the contents inside; others can let their machine figure it out.
- Put your plates, larger serving bowls and other oversize items on the bottom. Face all dishes toward the center so the sprayer arms reach where they’re needed.
- Resist the urge to cram items where they don’t belong. The Cove machine provides designated areas for stemware that can be moved when not in use. Similarly, there are specific trays (the very top rack) for flatware and larger utensils.
- Once the dishwasher is properly loaded, run the water in the sink until it gets hot. This prevents the dishwasher from starting with cold water. Plus, dishwashers dissolve food stains best when the water temperature is 120 degrees.
- Keep the rinse-aid dispenser filled to ensure everything dries streak-free.