There are many ways to take care of your plates when using the dishwasher. While it's not advisable to put all your tableware in the dishwasher, most plates can handle it just fine. Follow our practical tips to prevent damage to your dishes and plates!
Properly Placing Your Plates in the Dishwasher
The first tip is straightforward: be careful not to overload your dishwasher. The more items you cram in, the closer they'll be. So make sure you can space out your plates from your dishes to avoid collisions.
In general, also try to rinse your plates before putting them in the dishwasher by rinsing them under clear water. This quick and simple step has two advantages: protecting your machine's filter and ensuring easy cleaning of the plates. This way, you won't need to run them through the wash multiple times or use a higher temperature cycle to get them clean.
Adjusting Wash Temperatures
To best protect your delicate plates in the dishwasher, set the machine to a low temperature: the wash will be gentler on your tableware and more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. If you must use higher wash temperatures, be cautious of rapid temperature changes. Warm your plates gently in the oven or under lukewarm water before washing them.
Choosing Cleaning Products Carefully
Finally, choose your cleaning products carefully. Read labels thoroughly to avoid phosphate-based products, which are harmful to the environment. Beware of aggressive "all-in-one" products and consider reducing the recommended doses. You can use white vinegar as an alternative to various products: it's natural and will clean your plates while protecting your dishwasher from limescale. With these tips, you can be sure not to damage your plates in the dishwasher and keep them in their original condition for a long time!
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