Dishwashers are great time savers. To keep you and your family safe the American Cleaning Institute offers a dozen tips for dishwasher safety:
- Place sharp items, like knives, with points down in the utensil basket.
- Carefully place glassware to prevent breaking/chipping. Make sure they can’t rattle against each other when the dishes and glasses are sprayed with the water or when you slide the rack in or out.
- Avoid overloading. Crowing glasses and plates can cause them to chip or break (and they won’t get clean either).
- Allow the machine to cool before reaching in to prevent burns from the steam.
- After loading or unloading the dishwasher, close the door, so others won’t fall over it.
- Add a child safety lock to help keep small children from opening and climbing/standing on the open door.
- Like all household cleaning products, store automatic dishwashing detergent out of the reach of small children and pets.
- Read the dishwashing detergent label and follow the directions.
- Don't fill the dispenser cups until you're ready to run the dishwasher. Otherwise, curious children or pets may get into them.
- Don't mix dishwashing detergent with other cleaning products - irritating fumes could result.
- Keep detergent in original container with the label intact - and never reuse the container.
- Avoid direct contact between gel detergent and skin or clothes.
Note: Not every dish or utinsil should be cleaned in the dishwasher. Hand wash delicate items.