Every household has its quirks. From sleeping schedules to shower timings, some families or shared properties have a lot of decisions to make with each other. With so much to think about, many people overlook the things that exist to make everyone’s lives easier- such as your dishwasher. Here we go over a few things that could save you time and energy, as well as a lot of stress.
Rule 1 – The Unloading Rota
There’s always someone in a household who does the bulk of the chores. Without proper discussion of duties this could lead to some (or a lot!) frustration, particularly as unloading a dishwasher requires a lot of bending over and straightening up! To help remedy this, make up a weekly or monthly rota of responsibilities for everybody to get involved in unloading the dishwasher. Everyone should load their own dishes. Over time, this could also become an easy rule for shared responsibility at home.
Rule 2 – Setting a Washing Timetable
Deciding when is the best time to put the dishwasher on can save a lot of hassle later. This will depend on a few factors:
- When will people need to use the dishes?
- Who will put the dishwasher on?
Usually, the best time to use the dishwasher is overnight (or just after dinner), or after breakfast. This is because most people won’t be in the house at these times, but they will need to use what is inside the dishwasher at breakfast, and dinner. This could change a little at the weekends.
Also, the timetable means you can decide on who should put the dishwasher on, and who should replace the dishwasher tablets. For families it may be a step up for kids to take over this responsibility – the parents can focus on other housekeeping duties.
Rule 3 – Plate Stacking
Some may like large plates placed at the back of the dishwasher, others may just put things in the most convenient place. Some may place each kind of plate or bowl next to each other while others may just put things in a line of what was last used. It’s good thinking to discuss where to place things, and how you can maximise a load by putting similar dishes next to each other. Bowls and small plates can stand on one side of the washer, with bigger plates on the other. If everything has its own place, it will make loading and unloading that much easier. Besides, some delicate items will need to be stacked differently, so a discussion on these might help.
A final quick tip: try to use the dishwasher when it’s full. Regardless of how often you use it, you’ll get the most efficient wash if you put all your plates into one cycle.
Every dish. Every time.
Love your Dishwasher. Give it Finish.