10 Common Dishwasher Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them


Last Updated on July 30, 2022 by

We sometimes take our dishwashers as a given, but they are machines that must properly operate to work at their best. Do you make these common dishwasher errors?

Dishwasher Detergent

It is important to select the best dishwasher detergent and to follow the instructions when using detergent. Do not think that adding detergent to your dishwasher will make dishes clean. It can leave a residue of detergent on your dishwasher. Make sure you use the right detergent.


Although it’s important to maximize dishwasher space, we often overcrowd the dishwasher. Overcrowding dishes can make it difficult for dishes to get clean and cause damage by causing them to bump into each other. It would be best if you spaced the dishes to ensure that they have enough room to clean.

Items that are safe for the dishwasher

Although we may feel tempted to put everything in the dishwasher, some items are not meant to be washed. Avoid putting copper, cast iron, fragile glassware, and other items that are not dishwasher safe in the dishwasher. Wood can split and crack when it is exposed to dishwasher temperatures, humidity and water. Delicate glassware can break in the dishwasher. It can lead to a mess that will be difficult to clean up. Cast-iron and copper, and other metals are not intended to be washed in the dishwasher.

Excess Food

Dishwashers are capable of removing food residue from dishes without having to wash them. However, even the best dishwashers can have problems if there is too much food left on the dishes. Although we don’t need to wash our dishes before using the dishwasher, it is important to scrape them to ensure they run smoothly.

Top Rack vs. Bottom Rack

It doesn’t matter where dishes go in the dishwasher. Many items are dishwasher safe if placed on the top Rack. It would be best to place many dishes on the bottom Rack to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned. Place glasses, cups, bowls, and large serving utensils, such as cups, on the top. Place plates, pots, pans, utensils, and other items on the bottom. If they are not placed in the right places, some items may melt, warp or break.

Clogging the Sprayer

It is a good idea that you know the workings of your dishwasher’s sprayer. You want the sprayer to reach every corner of your dishwasher to clean every dish. The sprayer will not be able to reach any large pan or bowl that is blocking the path. It can use dirty dishes at the end of each cycle. Double-check to make sure your sprayer is free of obstructions.

Dishwasher Maintenance

Your dishwasher might need some maintenance from time to time. For more information about how to maintain your dishwasher, consult your owner’s manual. To clean inside the dishwasher, run an empty dishwasher occasionally with 1 1/2 cups vinegar and baking soda. It will not only clean the dishwasher, but it also makes it freshen. While choosing a dishwasher, you should look for dishwashers that are easy to maintain in the long run.

Nesting Utensils

Fork tines can hold onto food residue in the dishwasher. Spoons can become encrusted with food if they nest together in a cycle. For preventing nesting, alternate pointing your utensils up and down. Safety reasons: Always point knives down

Partially filled

Although a half full dishwasher may seem better than a full, it can be a waste of water and detergent. You don’t need to use twice the amount of detergent and water for a few loads. Wait until you have a full wash load before washing dishes, or wash smaller loads by hand. A partially full load can cause dishes to smash into one another with greater force, leading to more damage and breaking


Make sure you unload the dishwasher’s bottom Rack first. The tops of bowls and cups on the top Rack can sometimes collect water during a cycle. You can splash water on the dishes below if you don’t move them first. Then wait and then unload the top Rack.

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