How to Use a Dishwasher? 4 Steps 2022 How-To Guide

Before purchasing a dishwasher, you should know How to use a Dishwasher for the more extended durability of the Dishwasher Machine.

Using a Dishwasher is easy, but reckless use will ultimately cost you high maintenance of the dishwasher. So, here are four steps inclusive of all essential factors to remember while using a dishwasher.

Following these 4 simple steps will help you use your dishwasher to the fullest. Additionally, we have some tips in this article to help you save energy, despite getting clean dishes at the end of every cycle. Let’s start with the complete guide on how to use a Dishwasher.

How to Use a Dishwasher– 4 Step Usage

First, let’s discuss which 4 steps you will have to follow for extensive use of a Dishwasher. 

  • Firstly load the top and bottom racks of the dishwasher. If there is an extra rack, you can load it as well.
  • Put the Dishwasher Detergent (as per the requirement)
  • Select Wash Cycle and Drying options
  • Now let the Dishwasher do its job

At the end of the dishwasher cycle, you will get clean vessels that are ready to use for the next meal. Let’s elaborate on each step with proper instructions on how to perform the specific action.

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Pre-rinsing is optional in most dishwasher models. But, if you feel that vessels are too dirty to put inside the dishwasher, remove the food chunks and pre-rinse them before putting them inside the dishwasher.

Loading the Dishwasher Racks

The most crucial step to understand while learning how to use a Dishwasher is loading vessels properly in the racks. If any shelves are not loaded correctly, they might break or even harm other vessels due to high-power water jets.

To begin with, load the bottom rack with dishes, serving platters, and other large dinner plates, stainless steel vessels. The Pans and Pots should be placed at the sides of the dishwasher towards the rear side.

After that, you can load the top rack with vine glasses, cups, water bottles, plastic utensils, and mugs. There are tines with enough space to put small plates and bowls separately. 

Note: (For bottom Rack) Make sure the utensils you place in the dishwasher are safe. And put sharp objects like forks, knives, and cutlery into the utensil basket of the dishwasher to avoid any accidental injury.

(For Top Rack) While placing plastic containers, make sure they are compatible with dishwashers. Because the water sprayed will be more than 40 degrees. Also, check whether plastic wares are correctly placed, or else due to the water jet, it might invert, and water will fill inside the container. It might also damage other vessels or the spray arm of the dishwasher.

Put the Dishwasher Detergent in the Dispenser

Generally, the detergent dispenser is on the bottom part of the Dishwasher door, and this position is the same in most models.

  • Put the dishwasher detergent inside the dispenser.
  • Add rinse aid in the rinse aid section to make the vessels look shiner and clean, without any water spots after rinsing.
  • If a unique rinse aid dispenser is not available, look for detergent tablets or dishwasher liquids that have rinse aid in their composition.
  • Close the lid of the dispenser till you hear the click sound.

Note: Never use hand washing liquid or any other detergent inside the dishwasher. There are various forms of cleaning materials available, especially for dishwashers. You can choose any detergent from powder, liquid, gel, or tablet, but it should be specific for automatic dishwashers. Also, the quantity of the detergent should be according to the vessels and stains on them.

Select Wash Cycle and Drying options

Generally, there are three wash cycles available in each dishwasher machine: Quick, Neutral, and Heavy Duty. The name may differ as per the brand but functions are almost similar.

Dishes used while snacks or breakfast may only require a Quick clean, instead of neutral or heavy-duty. However, when there are a lot of dirty vessels, you can go for neutral or heavy loads. 

In modern dishwashers, you will find drying modes to steam dry the vessel inside the dishwasher after rinsing. It makes the dishes worth using directly after taking them out of the dishwasher.

Energy Saving Tip:
If you will not use full cycles in cleaning less dirty vessels, and operate the dishwasher on the Quick Clean cycle, you will save some power. As it has fewer minutes compared to other cycles, it cleans the vessels neatly.

Let the Dishwasher Cycle Complete

In the last step of How to Use a Dishwasher, you have to wait for the time till when the dishwasher completes the washing cycle. And done! After the process ends, you will get bright, clean, and rack-ready dishes. Use them or place them back, the choice is yours.


Now, you can get a dishwasher, and also save power with the special tip that we shared in this blog. Till the next blog, waving a good by to our readers.