How to turn on my dishwasher

You can turn on a dishwasher as follows: Check that the dishwasher is plugged in. Then press the on/off button, which is identified by the following icon: ?. Do you have a built-in dishwasher? Then you can choose a program and close the dishwasher, and the program will start immediately. With a freestanding dishwasher you need to close the door before turning it on and selecting the program. Usually a freestanding dishwasher requires you to click a play/pause button before the program starts. This can be identified by the following icon: ? .

How to turn on my dishwasher



Picture of Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

How to turn on a dishwasher?

To get your dishwasher to work, you need to connect two

Your dishwasher

Connecting your dishwasher is a good start if you want to turn it on as well. Check your dishwasher’s instruction manual to see which hoses you need to connect.

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

Opening your dishwasher

Your dishwasher’s user 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. Pots and 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 any rinse aid and salt. There are different kinds of products for dishwashers on the market. For instance, there is a product that already contains the rinse aid, so you don’t have to add it separately. Other products have an additional ingredient that keeps your dishwasher from getting scaled up.

Removing dirty dishes properly

The only way to get your dishes clean is to properly empty your dishwasher. The bottom rack should be used for large items such as pots and pans as it has the most space. Glasses and small dishes should be placed on the top rack so that the water jets from the spray arms are not in the way.

Note! Do not put plastic containers in your dishwasher!

Check whether dishes that are sensitive to heat, such as plastic containers or spatulas, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Due to the material composition, plastic containers often do not dry well in the dishwasher, so you will need to dry them again with a cloth.

Your dishwasher will smell

Always rinse your dirty dishes well before putting them in the dishwasher. 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. This stagnant water will stink and after a while your dishwasher will stop working.

Picture of Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

Our research