The first universal and most important rule, no matter how trivial it may seem, is as follows: read the user manual attentively and from beginning to end. It contains all the information you need to know about using and caring about each concrete appliance. This obvious truth must be mentioned once again, since according to repairmen, almost every failure they deal with every day is the consequence of the users failing to address the manual. And we on HomeKlondike will try to give you the most important facts you need to know about extending the lifetime of your dishwashing machine, microwave oven and iron.
Don’t miss our previous post about other domestic appliances: How to Prolong the Life of Washing Machine, Fridge & Vacuum Cleaner?
- The most common reason for dishwashers’ malfucntions is the sloppy way their owners use them. Remember that before putting the tableware in a dishwasher, you should clean it from any food residues and grease. Ideally, you should rinse the dishes in a sink beforehand.
- Don’t wash dishes with paper labels – this is a huge risk of chopping up the filters.
- While arranging the kitchenware in the machine, make sure it doesn’t block the rotation of the water dispenser and that dishes do not contact each other.
- Also, be very careful with small items and cutlery: they mustn’t fall, since they can block the rotating parts too.
- Do not overload the dishwasher.
- Always arrange the tableware in a right position – bottoms up.
- Always use all the necessary domestic chemicals for washing: salt and rinser not just improve the quality of washing, but also help your dishwasher last longer.
- Use only special washing powder, gel or tablets for dishwashers: common washing up liquid would break the dishwasher.
- Watch the plug. To avoid its damage, do not put anything on the oven, do not block the vent and keep the appliance away from heating objects.
- Never switch on an empty microwave oven – it may be fatal for the magnetron – this is the heart of the microwave oven, which generates electromagnetic radiation.
- Do not put too heavy meals in the microwave: check what the highest permissible weight is in the user manual.
- At the same time, you shouldn’t heat too small meals alone. For instance, if you need to heat a sandwich, couple it with a glass of water. The latter would take some part of the radiation.
- Do not overheat the meals.
- Do not use tableware that is not intended for use in a microwave – this may lead to fire.
- Never heat hermetic foodstuffs (like eggs) or meals in sealed containers or packages.
- In round and oval plates meals are heated faster than in square-shaped.
- And of course, don’t forget to clean your kitchen assistant: remove the food residues and grease from its walls with soft non-abrasive detergents in due time.
- Most likely you’re a proud owner of a steam iron. That is why you should know what kind of water should be used in your appliance. Never use common tap water – it leaves scale inside the iron and leads to its breakdown pretty fast. As a last resort you may pour filtered or drinking water. But the best option is distilled water or special liquids for irons (which is actually the same distilled water, but more conveniently packed and flavored).
- If something gets burnt into the iron surface, never use any sharp items to rub it off. Use only special iron-cleaning sticks for cleaning the soleplate.
- Wipe off the moisture from the iron soleplate before putting it away for storage.
- And never use an iron with a damaged cord.
We hope that you’ll find time to read these simple tips again and your appliances would serve you long and well!