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Updated by Dale Randle on Jun 30, 2016
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Are you getting the best from your dishwasher?

If you use a dishwasher you probably have a set way that you load it and set it. If you want to get the best from it however - and by this I mean the cleanest crockery, and the most economic use of electricity and water - then read on and take note of our top Maid2Clean tips.




There are some items that do not clean well in a dishwasher. That said, if you hand wash your wooden utensils, delicate glass stemware, and food-laden oven dishes the rest of your dirty dishes will clean really well on a modest setting. You do not need to select the heavy wash to get them clean, and an economy setting does exactly what it says, it uses less water and less electricity. So use it as your default setting!


Top Shelf

The top shelf is for your delicate items - plastics and glass. It’s best to alternate them and make sure items do not touch one another. Place your dirtiest items in the centre.


Bottom Shelf

Bottom Shelf

It’s all about positioning so here goes: taller items around the edges; dirtiest sides face the centre; alternate large and small items; and very dirtiest items in the centre.



When using liquid cleaning products many of us will put in as much as we can squeeze in. It will get those dishes cleaner right? Wrong. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions. Only a very small amount is actually required and too much soap can leave a residue on your dishes that prevents any shine.


Too full

Some of us are under the misguided impression that a dishwasher doesn’t clean effectively if it is too full. In fact, provided everything is put in the right position (see other points) dishwashers are much better at cleaning when they are full. The benefit of this is that you can save money by stocking them up as much as possible.