National No Dirty Dishes Day: Dishwasher Hacks to Make this Dirty Job Easier

posted: 05/18/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Mid adult man using dishwasher in the kitchen.

Since today is National No Dirty Dishes Day, you have our permission to ignore that sink full of dishes until this official holiday is over. However, if looking at dirty dishes drives you crazy, why not try a few of these dishwasher hacks that will help you load the dishes faster, get them cleaner, and make putting the dishes away easier.

  • If you have dishes or pans that have extra baked on messes, instead of scrubbing, try pretreating your dishes before you turn on your dishwasher. Just drizzle extra dishwasher soap--not dish soap or your dishwasher will fill up with suds- onto those dishes. Just like you would pretreat stains on your clothes before you do the laundry, the drizzle of soap will be the extra kick your dishwasher needs to get every pot and pan clean.
  • To wash your wine glasses safely in your dishwasher, put a rubber band inside the glass to secure the glass and keep it from moving around.
  • If your wine glasses are looking spotty from hard water stains, run a cycle with just white vinegar in the soap dispenser for a quick clean that will leave your glassware shining.
  • To prevent your silverware from nesting and not getting completely clean, be sure to flip half of your forks and spoons up and the other half down.
  • Make putting away that freshly cleaned silverware easier by grouping them as you put them into the dishwasher baskets.
  • Be sure your load your dishes and bowls so that they face the center sprayer instead of placing your dishes in one direction.
  • If you have small utensils, lids or straws, toss them all in a laundry bag and pop the bag into the dishwasher. Everything will get cleaned but won't get lost inside the dishwasher.
  • Give your dishwasher a little extra cleaning boost by sprinkling in baking soda to make your dishes sparkle and to keep your dishwasher from smelling. This is also a great tip if you are running low on dishwasher soap.
  • Run hot water into your sink before you start the dishwasher. This ensures that the water is hot as soon as you turn on your dishwasher.
  • If you have extra space in your dishwasher, toss in your sponges, switch plates, bath toys, fan grilles, and any plastic toys that don't have metal parts or batteries for a deep clean in your dishwasher.