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Of: Franziska Kaindl

A dishwasher is extremely easy to operate, but small mistakes happen again and again in everyday life, affecting the device and its longevity.

Once you get used to a dishwasher, you won’t want to give it up. After all, an enormous amount of time and labor is saved if pots, plates and cutlery are cleaned by machine. However, to ensure that you can use your device for a long time, you must treat it with care. Sometimes even small careless mistakes can shorten the life of your dishwasher.

Dishwasher mistake: you forget to clean the filter regularly

too the dishwasher needs to be cleaned from time to time – especially the filter. Food remains and grease residues accumulate in it, which can eventually clog the sieve. Additionally, this can result in the water can no longer be pumped properly. To avoid this, it is best to clean the filter every four to six weeks. It can usually be found at the bottom of the dishwasher; otherwise, please refer to the operating instructions first. Then empty the machine and remove the dish rack. The filter itself can be removed very easily – wash it with washing up liquid and a dish brush and it will be good as new again.

A woman takes a plate out of the dishwasher.
In order for the dishwasher to ensure clean dishes for a long time, you need to take good care of the device. © Diego Cervo/Imago

Error: Dishwasher salt is not refilled

With each wash cycle, a tab is first placed in the appropriate compartment of the dishwasher. It is sometimes forgotten that the dishwasher salt also needs to be refilled regularly. It ensures that the machine’s ion exchanger regenerates and thus prevents limescale from forming on dishes such as the online portal. Kueche.de informed. At the same time, depending on the degree of water hardness in your region, it may also increase Calcifications on the machine if the salt is not refilled, which in turn can damage the device.

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The dishwasher door is closed immediately after use.

As soon as the dishes are washed and tidy, many users immediately close the lid again. However, this can have negative consequences: for example, because residual moisture remains in the machine, which increases the risk of mold formation. So it makes sense to leave the door open for a few hours after use. And it also has an advantage: if the dishes are still in the dishwasher while the steam is escaping, they can dry without leaving streaks.

But there is also an exception: if many Wooden furniture are in the immediate vicinity of the dishwasher, the escaping steam can cause them to swell, as the online portal chip.de informed. Therefore, you should keep the dishwasher closed for about half an hour after the end of the program before opening it.

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