Cleaning Guide: Kitchen Utensils

The most difficult objects to load in the dishwasher

We’ve all done it: finished loading the dishwasher to go straight to the sink, washing up the things we didn’t think we should put in. As your kitchen kit expands, so would the amount of specialized utensils, and these might require an equally specialized cleaning process. This means that more of your precious time is about to be spent on them.

This handy list comprises the most common kitchen utensils that might cause you some hesitation about putting them in the dishwasher. There are also tips on how to ensure that you can put these in with everything else to save you valuable time and effort.

Cheese Grater
Give your used cheese grater a couple of knocks over a bin to loosen up the bigger bits of cheese that might have stuck to the cutting teeth. Place it on the bottom rack over one of the plate holders. The heat and pressure of the water will get rid of any residue that remains.

As whisks are usually used for eggs, which quickly dries after use, it may seem like the only way to get rid of those tricky proteins is to wash them by hand. All you need to do is lay it on the top shelf where the water and detergent can get to it. Make sure you use Finish Powerball Quantum detergent, which removes all dried and lodged food particles.

Just lay it on the bottom shelf in a plate rack where the water can get to it completely. This should ensure that any juices, flesh or seeds are all washed clean.

Garlic Press
The important thing to remember with the garlic press is to ensure that water and dishwasher detergent can get to and flow through the tiny holes in it. The easiest way to do this is to place it in the cutlery rack, but with each arm in a different section. This means that even as the items in the dishwasher are jostled together, the press won’t close and trap the garlic.

Potato Masher
The awkward shape of these, and the starchy food that is left on them, makes it difficult to know where to place these in the dishwasher. The best solution is to lower the top rack if you can, and place the masher with the flat surface down on the shelf. This allows the water and dishwasher detergent to get where it needs to, but also positions it so it won’t fall or slip through the rack, potentially putting it in contact with moving parts.

 There’s always a solution for every kind of cooking implement. Just make sure you check with the manufacturer’s guidelines before you do, as certain items, such as ice cream scoops, can contain heat sensitive elements. There really is no reason however, that you should have to waste your time loading the dishwasher and washing up afterwards as well.