How To Use Dishwasher (Step By Step Guide)

In this modern era, technology is playing a vital role in the rapid development of the world. Automation provides the best possible solution when it comes to ease of living.

We have already seen a washing machine, air purifier, and now a dishwasher for automatic and mess-free dishwashing. 

If you haven’t used a dishwasher before then, you might face difficulty in first-time use. So, in this guide, we have shared a complete guide on how to use dishwasher. 

How To Use Dishwasher Machine

Below is the simple and step by step guide that shows how to use a dishwasher. You can use this guide for a reference for any brand dishwasher.

Read The Manual

We recommend going through the user manual before you start experimenting with your dishwasher. The user manual contains the steps to install the dishwasher, use it, dos and don’ts etc. 

Also, it contains safety instructions, warnings, etc. So, it is advised to read the manual at least one time before using it for the first time. 

Load The Dishwasher Rack 

Commonly, a dishwasher comes with two racks -Top and bottom. So, to effectively clean the plates and other utensils, you have to remove the large food particles from the utensils before loading them into the dishwasher rack. 

Load your dishes so that they don’t overlap each other and are placed down since overlapping might prevent the water from reaching every part of the utensils.  

Let’s look at the dishes you should put on each rack, one by one : 

Top Rack

It would be best to place the small dishes such as mugs, cups, bowls, and small utensils on the top rack. It would help put these utensils upside down to allow water jets to clean every part. 

  • It would help if you placed utensils such as spoons, glasses, bowls and other delicate glasses so that they don’t move while washing. 
  • Place sharp objects such as knives upside down and in the proper space provided by the manual to avoid damage.
  • Ensure all dishes are correctly spaced to avoid any damage caused due to collapsing. 

Bottom Rack

The bottom rack is specially designed to place large, heavy soiled utensils such as pans, pots, kadhai, etc. 

  • Put these dishes facing upside down and face water jets for proper cleaning. 
  • It would help if you placed utensils such as kadhai with more oversized handles with proper spacing to ensure a good water flow.
  • If your bottom rack has a designated plate holder, then make sure you should place your plates there. 

Some models come with an additional rack that you can use to clean extra dishes. 

Put The Dishwasher Detergent

Use the proper detergent dosage for your dishwasher as the user manual recommends, as it varies from model to model.

Using detergents or tablets as liquid dishwasher soap may lead to clouds of bubbles all over the dishwasher. 

  • Most of the dishwasher dispensers are located inside the dishwasher door. 
  • Add the proper dosage of detergent or tablet to the dishwasher. 
  • You should add a rinse aid to the rinse aid dispenser to prevent water from leaving marks on the dishes after they dry. 
  • You can use detergents or tablets that already include a rinse aid. 
  • Close the lid, and after a pre-wash open the lid to mix detergent with water. 

Select the Appropriate Wash Cycle

Three wash cycles are available on most dishwashers – Quick, Normal and Heavy. You have to choose which cycle is proper for your dishwashing. 

You can select any of these options by using the wash cycle button located in the front of your dishwasher. 

  • Quick Wash Mode: Use this option for less messy/dirty dishes and you need them in a hurry. This mode uses a large amount of water and high temperature for fast cleaning. 
  • Normal Wash Mode: You should use a normal dishwasher cycle in cleaning everyday dishes that are typically soiled. It cleans average leftover meals without using extra water and temperature. 
  • Heavy Wash Mode: Use this cycle for cleaning heavily soiled pans, Indian utensils such as kadhai, etc. The heavy-duty cycle uses a high temperature, energy and water for proper cleaning. 

Start The Dishwasher

After placing your dishes in the proper place and racks in a suitable style, it is now ready to clean your dishes. 

Before starting, you can check whether all the dishes are in their places and racks. Check nothing is blocking your dishwasher door. 

Generally, a dishwasher takes around 60 to 90 minutes for proper cleaning, and it depends upon the number and condition of your dishes.  

Wait for the specified time to get your dishes neat and clean. 


In general, an average dishwasher consumes less water than manual cleaning. So, it is better to have a dishwasher. A quality dishwasher saves both your time and energy and provides proper cleaning without wasting much water. 

We hope we have listed all the necessary steps for how to use dishwasher correctly. We recommend reading the user manual first before starting any experiments with your dishwasher. 

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