Who Knew? (Dishwashers)
Some days I’ll gladly admit that I’m in the 3rd quarter of my life. Other days I’m reluctant and disbelieving. More brain cells are dying than being created, blah, blah, blah.
The good news is that I can still learn and retain things and that I can still be surprised. I’ve grown up with a dishwasher in the house for most of my life. My first memory of a dishwasher probably takes me back to the mid-1970’s. How wonderful was it that mom didn’t have to stand at the sink washing dishes by hand anymore? Even more thrilling was that as I got older I didn’t have to wash anything by hand – and I was creative enough to be able to cram everything into the dishwasher that was on the kitchen tables or counters.
Fast forward to the 22nd century. As I’ve matured I’ve realized that for dishwashers to be effective you have to be strategic when you load them. You don’t want to pile bowls over bowls because there’s a great chance that the soapy water isn’t going to get all the nooks and crannies with with amount of force needed to get it all cleaned. You want to empty the bottom of the dishwasher first so that ‘if’ something on the top shelf caught water, you don’t spill it on the clean dishes below, etc.
A few weeks ago I was at my moms helping her and dad out. I wanted to make sure that when I left they were good to go. I got their dinner started for them, prepped the side dishes and cleaned the kitchen before I left. Part of cleaning the kitchen was emptying out their dishwasher. Well, Ok. Big Deal. I’ve been doing this forever….. but, when I pulled the bottom rack out I stopped. I was startled when I looked at her utensils basket. She had the cover of the baskets up, closing the baskets and she had her knives, forks and spoons in the holes over the covers.
In 10 seconds the lightbulb went on over my head and the logic of the basket covers made all kinds of sense. I’ve spent my adult life dropping lots of eating utensils into those baskets and sometimes everything gets cleaned like it should, but other times there is food stuck on the spoon or knife and I end up cleaning it in the sink. If I utilize the basket covers and drop a utensil into each slot the knives, forks and spoons will not ‘spoon’ (excuse my pun). Everything will be independent and the soapy water should wash over everything equally.
When I questioned my mom about this she said “I read the manual”. Really mom? Who reads dishwasher manuals??
So now I know what the covers are for and will use the utensil basket appropriately going forward. Some other things I’ve learned about dishwashers recently (I bought a quiet one);
- I’ll never get one with a ‘cool’ third shelf for utensils again. I don’t use it. I found that if I load the top shelf with coffee cups, bowls, etc.. the utensil rack doesn’t get cleaned
- Adjustable shelving in dishwashers is silly. In theory it was a great idea to be able to lower some of spikes so that I can put a big pan(s) on the bottom shelf or top shelf, but the reality is that they loosen over time and fall over. I’ve had to use zip ties to keep all the prongs up so my plates and other things can be placed. Sometimes in some areas, change isn’t the best way to go.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my dishwasher and the fact that it is extremely quiet. You can hardly hear it when it’s running. I also love all the extra settings it has and the delay start, but all the bells and whistles for adjustable shelves and third shelves.. next time I say ‘No Thank You’.