Six dishwasher myths debunked at last

Do you really need to pre-rinse your dishes? If you’re entertaining can you REALLY not put the posh glasses in the dishwasher? We may not have ALL the answers, but we’ve debunked some of our favourite dishwashing myths!

Whether you’re entertaining and worried about the clean-up afterwards or you just want to make your day-to-day washing up easier, there’s no doubt a dishwasher – and a super-efficient detergent such as Fairy Platinum – will save you loads of time and effort.

But with so much advice out there about how to use a dishwasher, we thought it might be time to clear up a few myths.

MYTH 1: You need to rinse dishes before loading the dishwasher

False. You don’t need to pre-rinse your dishes before you stack the dishwasher. All you need to do is scrape off all food remnants (these cannot be dissolved and will end up clogging your dishwasher filter). If you use an effective detergent like Fairy Platinum to seek out hidden grease and dirt you’ll get unbeatable tough-food cleaning first time, also reducing the amount of water you use to clean the dishes.

MYTH 2: Dishwashers clean themselves

False. Let’s face it, nothing in the kitchen cleans itself – including the dishwasher! Weak detergents don’t clean plates or the machine sufficiently and could require additives to help them work harder. If you want a really clean dishwasher, from the top rack right down to the filter at the bottom, it’s essential to choose an all-in-one detergent like Fairy Platinum. It has the power to seek out hidden grease and dirt from your dishes AND your dishwasher, helping produce brilliantly clean dishes and machine first time.

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MYTH 3: You can’t wash delicate items in a dishwasher

False. As long as your dishwasher is designed to be gentle on glasses and china, with a ‘delicates’ wash and soft grips to avoid impact chips, you should be fine. For example, the AEG ComfortLift dishwasher is not only easier to load gently, thanks to its elevating basket, but also has smooth-loading ComfortRails to avoid chips, and SoftGrip and SoftSpikes, to perfectly hold your glasses. You can even buy an additional Glass Basket, to keep glasses separate – especially helpful if you’re entertaining with your best glasses. Do check first, though, that your items are dishwasher-safe.

MYTH 4: Bad dishwasher results are my fault not my detergent’s

False. It’s rare that bad results are your fault. While there is a right way to load the dishwasher, if you’re doing that right (and you probably are) your detergent is almost certainly to blame for dishes not coming out clean first time when you wash them. Here are some handy tips and tricks that will ensure you achieve an unbeatable tough- food clean, first time, in your dishwasher.

  • Place bowls face down so the water jets can reach easily inside.

  • Dishwashers heat from the bottom, so only ever place plastic (melamine) on the top rack.

  • Cutlery should be placed handle down and mixed together, so spoons can’t sit inside each other preventing water sprays circulating.

  • Full dishwashers work best but don’t overfill it. The water and detergent won’t be able to reach inside each dish.

  • Opt for dishwasher tablets with added benefits, like Fairy Platinum, with its triple liquid power, which adds sparkle to your dishes and keeps your dishwasher brilliantly clean too.


MYTH 5: If dishes come out dirty my dishwasher is broken

False. Well, it’s one possibility, but is not necessarily true every time. There are a few other reasons dishes come out of a dishwasher dirty.

  • There are food particles left on your plates when you load them.

  • Your filter is dirty and you’re not using a dishwashing product that cleans it during the regular cleaning cycle.

  • Your detergent isn’t strong enough to deal with hidden grease and dirt. Your best bet is a top-notch dishwasher, such as the AEG ComfortLift, combined with a powerful detergent, like Fairy Platinum, to make sure baked-on grease and dirt wash away.

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