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Dishwasher Tips: Help Your Dishwasher Clean Better – Just in Time for the Holidays!

The holiday season is right around the corner, and chances are, your dishwasher will see a lot of action in the next month and a half!

Whether you feel like your dishes aren’t getting clean enough or you’re happy with the dishwasher’s cleaning performance, there are ways that you can help your dishwasher clean even better! Give your dishwasher a tune-up with these dishwasher cleaning tips from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

Run Hot Water First

We’ve shared this tip before with the washing machine, but it applies to your dishwasher too. Hot water is key in breaking down food particles and gunk, and if you start with cold water, it can affect the performance. Run your hot water at the sink until it gets hot, then turn it off and start the dishwasher.

Sanitize with Vinegar

Before the holiday season throws your dishwasher into overdrive, sanitize it with vinegar! Just pour a cup in the bottom of your dishwasher after unloading it and run a quick cycle. The vinegar will sanitize and help to break down any built-up food particles in your dishwasher.

Clean the Gaskets & Dishwasher Trap

After running the vinegar cycle, grab a sponge and wipe down the interior with warm, soapy water. Be sure to pay extra close attention to the rubber gaskets on the outer part of your dishwasher and the dishwasher trap at the bottom.

Overcrowded Dishes = Dirty Dishes

During the holidays, you may want to pack in as many dishes as possible – but don’t! Overcrowding leads to “hot spots” where the water can’t spray, leaving you with gunk and debris stuck to your dishes.

Hopefully these tips help get you ready for the holiday season! And if you suspect your dishwasher needs service or a dishwasher repair, don’t get stuck in a pinch before the holidays! Appliance Rescue Service is the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas with expertly trained technicians you can trust. We’ll have your dishwasher repaired before you can say “pumpkin pie!”

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7 Things You Never Knew You Could Put in the Dishwasher - Appliance Rescue Service

Sure, a dishwasher is traditionally used for washing dishes. But what if we told you it’s a great place to wash plenty of other household items too?! High heat, water, and suds do all the work to get your items sparking clean. Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas presents 7 things you never thought to put in the dishwasher:

·      Grill Grates: You’ve scrubbed and scrubbed, and they just won’t get clean. Try putting them in the dishwasher on an overnight cycle (or any longer cycle) and high heat and see the grease melt away.

·      Shin guards and Mouth guards: Place these on the top rack to prevent the plastic from warping.

·      Glass Light Covers: Over time, dust builds up on light fixture covers. Why not throw them in the dishwasher for crystal clear results?

·      Shoes: Plastic shoes – think rain boots or flip flops – are easy to clean in the dishwasher. Place them on the top rack to prevent issues. Also – don’t forget to remove any shoe liners before washing.

·      Plastic Hairbrushes: If your brush or comb is plastic, then remove the hair form the bristles, and take it for a spin in the dishwasher. It will be clean and sanitized in no time!

·      Potatoes: Rather than spending time scrubbing a big batch of potatoes, just put them all on the top rack – without soap – and rinse them all at one time.

·      Baseball caps: While the washing machine can ruin a baseball cap, washing it in the dishwasher is a safe bet. Just be sure to buy a baseball cap keeper first and avoid washing it with actual dishes, as food particles can get stuck in the fabric.

And as with all things, before trying any of these dishwasher cleaning tips, be sure to check your dishwasher’s user manual.

Looking for more dishwasher tips? Appliance Rescue Service is happy to help! Our expertly trained staff can answer any questions you have about Dallas dishwasher repair, dishwasher maintenance, and more.