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Important Information Needed to Know While Using Dishwasher

Aug 17, 2007
Nowadays the dishwasher has become popular in every home. But there are some information that you need to know before you put the dish in the dishwasher.

IN WASHING STEMMED GLASSWARE it is best to lift each piece separately by the stem, rather than by the cup or base; wash and rinse it, then take up the next. Stemmed glasses break very easily and cannot be tumbled in the dishpan or sink with other tableware. If your table glass is ornamented with gold, it is even more important to use a mild detergent. Gold trim is easily damaged by strong soaps or detergents and also by water softeners like ammonia. Such glassware should never be allowed to soak in hot water lest the gilt be softened. Glasses with engraved designs, and cut glass, are cleaned easily with a brush. Vases and cruets that develop stains or cloudiness, or an accumulation of sediment in the bottom, can usually be made sparkling clear again with ammonia. Fill the vase or cruet with water and add several teaspoons of ammonia. Let it stand for several hours or overnight, then wash it and rinse away the blemish. Do not, of course, pour hot water on cold glassware or cold on hot. You would probably crack it.

IF YOU USE AN ELECTRIC DISHWASHER for your finest china you can wash it without damage provided you select the right detergent and use it in amounts not exceeding the directions of the manufacturer. The water should not be hotter than 160 F.

DETERGENTS FOR DISHWASHERS. The information which follows is from the manager of the research division of a company that makes some of the finest china and earthenware being produced in the United States. The findings were based on tests of the company's own products, and competitive wares. We quote:

"There are a number of detergents on the market which are not suitable. They will remove colors and gilt decoration and eventually even the glaze itself. Their makers probably tested them for efficiency in soil removal but neglected to determine the effect they might have on any ceramic ware.

"The ones that, at present, we find to be satisfactory are Cascade, Calgonite (Gold Box), and Chat in about that order. These should not be used at stronger concentrations than recommended on the box. To recommend detergents is rather a risky business as the manufacturer may retain his label and box but change the contents without notice.

"Along with the chemical effects from too-harsh detergents, we have found that dishwashers with metal baskets will remove gold and platinum bands by mechanical abrasion. The newer plastic-coated baskets are much better. Detergents for hand washing also show significant differences. We have found Liquid Lux and Joy to be the best for good cleaning action and minimum effect on colors and gilt decorations."

TO REMOVE THE CHALKY DEPOSIT which sometimes builds up on china and glassware in hard water areas fill your dishwasher with all the glasses and dinnerware that have hard water deposits. Do not put silverware or pans in the machine. Place a cup filled with Clorox or Purex upright in the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Turn on the machine and operate it for five minutes. Stop the machine, empty the cup now full of water fill the cup with vinegar and continue the washing cycle. Repeat with another vinegar cycle and then finish with a complete rinsing cycle. The bleach loosens the hard water deposit and the vinegar removes it.

Use the right detergent if you wash the china using the dishwasher. Not all the detergents on the market are suitable for the dishwasher. Avoid putting the silverware or pans in the machine.
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