How to turn on my dishwasher

Yes, you finally have a dishwasher and from now on you will never have to wash your dirty dishes yourself! Now all you have to do is make sure your dishwasher can and is turned on. On this page, we’ll explain exactly what you need to do for that.

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How to turn on a dishwasher

Hook up your dishwasher

Connecting your dishwasher is a good start when you want to turn it on too. Check your dishwasher’s owner’s manual to see which hoses you need to connect.

Don’t forget to remove the rubber plug from both the drain hose and the supply hose. Unscrew the siphon first and only then connect the drain hose. Make sure the faucet is closed during this process! Do not open the faucet until everything is connected.

 

Turning on your dishwasher

Your dishwasher’s manual explains the buttons on the control panel. You should have a general on button on the door and several other buttons to select a program. Sometimes there is only the automatic program, but you can also choose a delayed start, pre-rinse or the eco program.

Which program you choose depends on what you want to wash. Pans that are very dirty often need to run longer than just some plates and cutlery. Then you also need to add dishwasher tablets and possibly rinse aid and salt. There are different types of products for dishwashers on the market. For example, you have a product where the rinse aid is already in the cube, so you don’t have to add it separately. Other products have an additional ingredient that prevents your dishwasher from becoming scaled up.

 

Load your dirty dishes properly

Your dishes will only get clean if you properly load your dishwasher. Make sure the dishes are not too close together so that the water has good access during the rinse cycle.

Place large items, such as pots and pans, on the bottom rack because that is where you have the most room. Glasses and small dishes should be placed in the upper rack so that the water jets from the spray arms are not in the way.

Caution! Do not put plastic containers in your dishwasher!

For dishes that are sensitive to heat, such as a plastic bowl or spatula, always check whether you can clean them in the dishwasher. Sometimes these products lose their color or shape because of the heat.

Due to the composition of the material, plastic containers often do not dry well in the dishwasher, so you always have to dry them with a cloth.

Your dishwasher starts to smell

Always rinse your dirty dishes well before putting them in the dishwasher, too. The drain hose or pump can become clogged with food residue, preventing the dirty dishwater from draining properly and causing it to get stuck in the reservoir. That stagnant water will stink and after a while your dishwasher will stop working.

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