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Caring for Your Dishwasher

September 6, 2011

dishwasher careCaring for your dishwasher is an important part of keeping your home running well, as your dish washing machine streamlines the cleanup after your meals. While you can always go back to washing dishes the old fashioned way, you will find that it is so much easier just to take a few simple precautions to keep your dishwasher running well.

One of the best ways to ensure that your dishwasher keeps on running is by letting the machine run with a liter of vinegar added to the tank. You will need to do this wash without any dishes in the washing machine, as the vinegar will dirty the dishes. Don’t use detergent for this wash, but simply let the machine run with the vinegar inside.

The reason to let the dishwasher run with vinegar inside is because the vinegar is an acid that will clean out all of the germs and bacteria from the inside of your dish washing machine. Seeing as your dishwasher is a moist place, it will collect bacteria and germs. The standing water that is left inside your dishwasher after a load may foster the growth of these microbes, and you could end up poisoning yourself with your own dishwasher as you spray germs over the dishes.

Letting the vinegar run through the machine will allow the acid to kill the germs, and will have no adverse effect on your dishwasher. The dishwashers with plastic tubs are the best to use this cleanse for, and the acid in the vinegar will actually help to clear the drain from anything that could be causing blockages.

One problem that you are sure to face with your dishwasher is blockages in the holes of the spray arms of the dishwasher. When the spray arms swirl around, they splash water around the dishwasher. Food, paper, and even toothpicks can get stuck in the spray arm holes, and thus can prevent the washer from working well.

You will find that clearing out these blockages will help your dishes to be cleaned properly, as blockages in the spray arms can cause bacteria to grow in the sprayers when they are not running. That bacteria will then be sprayed around once your dishwasher starts running, and could cling to your dishes and make you sick.

The best way to keep the spray arms clean is to use a thin wire and run it through the spray holes. Remove the arm and run the wire through each of the holes to ensure that there are no obstructions, and shake the arm to rattle any loos debris or dirt free. You can use a bit of hot water with vinegar in it to clean the germs and bacteria from the dishwasher spray arm, and you can simply replace the clean arm to run the dishwasher once more.

Doing these few things will be enough to keep your dishwasher clean, running well, and making your life a whole lot easier by saving you from having to wash the dishes yourself.


History of Dishwashers

January 14, 2011

Dishwashers are so popular nowadays, for it’s such an amazing invention that can extremely save you time in cleaning your dishes leaving you with more time to spend on other important matters in life.

The birth of this popular home appliance dates way back in 1850, when an American inventor named Joel Houghton obtained a patent on a hardly workable wooden machine that had a hand-turned wheel that splashes water on dishes. That was just the machine’s humble beginning that spiraled many advancements soon after.

Taking this invention to the next level was L.A. Alexander who, in 1865, patented a device that utilizes a hand crank and gearing to spin a rack of dishes through a dishwater. However, it still did poorly in cleaning dirty dishes.

It was not until 1886 that a first-ever hand-operated practical dishwasher was built. Amazingly, it was a woman who finally did it. Her name was Josephine Cochrane, a wealthy grand-daughter of John Fitch who invented the steam boat. She made known her invention in 1893 during the World Fair in Chicago where she took the fair’s highest recognition. The company she started that manufactured her dishwashers eventually became known as KitchenAid. Other companies also popped up making their own versions of dishwashers, such as using a conveyor belt or spinning basket that passes the dirty dishes under jets of hot water.

It was in 1920 when dishwasher models where installed with permanent plumbing, yet it was just restaurants, hotels, and wealthy families who were able to take advantage of it due to it’s bulky setup and expensive cost. It was not until 1937 that a smaller version fit for a household was made by William Howard Livens. It was in 1950s that the dishwasher caught on with the general public for it became cheaper and smaller. It then became common to every household in the U.S. by 1970s.

Today, dishwashers are made available in different shapes, sizes, and functionalities to every households by a number of manufacturers. Among the most notable dishwasher brands in the market today are Fisher and Paykel, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, GE, Bosch, and Kenmore Elite.

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