5 Dishwasher Hacks That Will Make Life Easier

September 18, 2015 by Kenmore


There are only a few things every couple fights about, and one of those things is the dishes. Who needs to do them, who is doing them wrong, and what exactly is the right way to load the dishwasher? Kenmore is obviously an authority on how to get your dishes their squeaky cleanest, but here are some hacks to make meal cleanup more pleasant — plus a few unexpected tricks you never knew about.

Use a laundry bag for smaller items
Nothing is more annoying than having to reach deep into that dishwasher to pull out chopsticks, your tiniest utensils, or your baby’s favorite pacifier. Grab a laundry bag for anything you fear losing to the scary depths of the dishwasher, to ensure they stay in one place.

Are you loading it right, though?
Despite above-mentioned arguments, there actually is a right way to load a dishwasher. For example, the plates should all be facing towards the inside of the machine to ensure maximum water force, glasses go in between rather than on top of the tines, and you should load some utensils facing up and some down, to ensure they don’t nest against each other. Feeling ambitious? You can always dig out the use and care guide that came with your dishwasher (or even find it online). You’re welcome.

Not just for dishes anymore
Did you know that you can throw your makeup brushes in the dishwasher? Kid’s toys? Kitchen sponges to get rid of bacteria? Even baseball caps are dishwasher safe. This might be a lifesaving move for those living in washing machine-less apartments, or those who value the novelty of a good life made a little easier hack.

Choose the perfect dishwasher
At the end of the day, you’re not going to get that enviable shine without the perfect product. The new Kenmore Elite dishwasher can tackle the nastiest of messes like baked-on casseroles or bottom-of-the-bowl gunk with specialized cleaning features and innovations.  It gets the job done like no other, making sure to hit all angles of every dish and glass for beautiful shine and cleanliness.

Poach a salmon
Okay, this one isn’t dish-related but is still such a neat trick. You can actually poach salmon in the dishwasherdelicious and a fun party trick! Drizzle a tablespoon of lemon over two salmon fillets, season with salt and pepper, and wrap in tin foil. Place on the top of rack of the dishwasher, and run for a full cycle (skip the soap). Done and delish!

The Kenmore brand is an industry leader in delivering trusted performance in the home for over 100 years with smart and stylish appliance innovations that help consumers do things quicker, easier and better. With exclusive features and new innovations, Kenmore Elite dishwashers boast impressive cleaning and drying technology for exceptional cleaning performance. So go on, upgrade your kitchen — then sit back, relax and let your dishwasher do the dirty work. Learn more atkenmore.com.


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