6 Common Dishwasher Mistakes You Are Likely Making

The convenience of a dishwasher cannot be quantified because it is a particularly useful appliance in order to save us time. In addition, with new technologies, dishes manage to be perfectly clean in a short time, and you can often choose eco-friendly washes as well. From time to time, however, it may happen that the dishes do not come out as we would like at the end of washing, and we see a few spots here and there as if they were still dirty. If a similar situation has happened to you too, find out with me the 6 mistakes you are probably making!

Check the salt

The very first thing to do when you notice that the dishwasher is not completing the wash well is to check the salt. In most cases, in fact, that is the reason for this fairly common problem. So, unplug the appliance, unscrew the salt cap located at the bottom of the dishwasher and check that it is full. If it is not, fill it (you can also use regular salt) and do a test wash, you will see that the dishes will be perfect!

Wrong detergents

Very often the wrong detergents can also be the cause of dishwasher malfunction. By dint of trying and buying so many different products, it can happen that you get one that is not good for the dishes and, instead of cleaning them thoroughly, it makes them dirty and leaves post-wash stains. You should always check its eco-friendliness and especially its compatibility with your household appliance. This is why we always recommend preferring natural dishwasher detergents so you can be sure not to “weigh down” the wash.

Before putting in the dishwasher

Another very common mistake is made before putting dishes in the dishwasher. Some people rinse them so much to the point of doing almost a total wash and some people throw away only the crumbs and not even all of them. Both cases are wrong, the first because over-rinsing will make dishwashing almost useless and, more importantly, waste copious amounts of water on you. The second because even the most technologically advanced dishwasher cannot remove too stubborn encrustation on the dishes. In this regard, I recommend that you fill a sink basin with hot water and soak the dishes before switching to the dishwasher. Same with the sink water rinse and then insert the dishes into the basket one by one.

Non-specific washes

When setting up washes in the dishwasher you need to pay close attention to the various modes. If you insert a particularly dirty load or cook dishes with strong odors such as fish or eggs, it goes without saying that you have to do a longer wash. In case you disregard the needs of the dishes according to the conditions in which you put them in the basket, you will go against wrong washing and consequently the dishes will be dirty.

Too much loading

Let’s face it, learning how to properly fit all the dishes in the dishwasher is sometimes one of the most complicated things to do! In fact, you have to arrange the dishes in such a way as to allow proper circulation of water and detergent. When the dishes are not placed properly or the basket is overloaded, the result is never what we would like! This is a more common mistake than you think because, in fact, often in a fury to get everything into the basket you put the dishes wrong and overload the appliance!

Dirt accumulation

The last mistake is dirt accumulation! If you own the dishwasher, you will know that you need to constantly take care of the cleanliness in order to have it always flawless. Negligence in this respect automatically leads to the settlements of lime scale, encrusted food residue and mold. So, I recommend that you do an empty wash every month using 1 pound of coarse salt, or 2 cups of baking soda or even 2 cups of white vinegar.


If, after several checks, the dishes still come out of the dishwasher dirty, it is necessary to seek expert advice.

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