Dinnerware sets are an integral part of the kitchen cabinet of each family. There are those for everyday use, and those “a little nicer” that is brought to the dining table on essential days – birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations. In the past, dinnerware sets were classic – white and round. Today, everything is modern and square with different patterns. Even the black ones. Once purchased, quality dinnerware sets can last for years. Depending on what material your dinnerware set is made of, you should maintain it accordingly, especially if it is dinnerware set for everyday use. Most can be put in the dishwasher while the rest should be hand washed. Many people have a habit of using plastic dinnerware sets, they think it is easier to maintain, it is not easy to get broken, and if they have kids, even better, it is more practical. While others hate plastic dinnerware sets, so it is common to hear discussions about glass vs. plastic dinnerware sets. Also, it is not unusual to see different styles of dinnerware sets in different countries.
Proper arrangement of dishes in the washing machine
To prevent damage to your dinnerware set during the machine wash, you need to know how to organize everything in the dishwasher properly. As you are adding the plates on the bottom, make sure that it goes in this order: one big and one small. This way, more water can reach everything, and it will be better washed. Large surfaces such as plastic cutting boards, baking trays, pans, or large saucers are recommended to be placed along the edges. Sprayers will also be able to work smoothly. Remove food debris if you plan to turn on the machine on the same day. For safety reasons and also to avoid damage on the plates and whole dinnerware set, always turn the knives downward. It is good to sort the cutlery by placing the forks in a separate compartment, knives as well as spoons. Cups and glasses should be on the top, and it is recommended that you leave some space between them so that they are not damaged by friction. The bowls are ideally to be washed at the top part and should be placed so that they lean against each other. The machine should not be overcrowded as most dishes will not be able to be washed well then. If you are not going to start the machine the same day and you are not in the habit of flushing all the plates, then it is a good idea to arrange the dishes depending on what was on it. Some studies have shown that it is better to place dishes with protein-based residues near the edges of the machine in the lower part (e.g., eggs or meat, bowls where were protein shake) because they need more time to be washed adequately. Back and under the rotating part of the sprayer, it is best to put the dishes in which the food was based on carbohydrates such as pots of mashed potatoes or tomato sauce. They need a strong jet of water to wash them well, and the water pressure is the strongest in that spot.
Some dinnerware sets cannot be washed in the washing machine. You should never machine wash all handmade dishes that have different patterns drawn on them. Such a dinnerware set is usually a little more expensive than the rest, so, for this reason, it should have a different maintenance treatment than usual. You probably know for yourself how to hand wash all dinnerware sets, but it wouldn’t be too bad to repeat. First, clean the food residue with a hot water jet. Then, place some soap and boiling water in each deep plate or bowl and let it stand for a few minutes. Never use a very coarse sponge because it will damage the handcrafted dinnerware set. Then wash everything with the medium-coarse sponge on which you should put a little soap and do not let it dry on the sink. Leave for a minute or two and take a clean, cotton kitchen cloth and pick up any waterdrops from your dinnerware set to avoid water stains to remain on it.
Method # 1
The first step is to fill your sink with hot water and then add some soap and one cup of white vinegar. Anything you want to wash that has stains that you have not been able to remove with regular washing, put in the sink that contains this mix, and leave it like that for about ten minutes. Then, remove everything and place it on a clean, dry kitchen cloth. In a separate bowl, mix baking soda and some water to make a thick paste. Take an old toothbrush and remove stains with a thick paste. After that, allow it to stand for a few minutes before rinsing with hot water. And at the very end, put everything to dry thoroughly in the dish rack.
Method # 2
Put enough warm water in the sink to cover whatever you want to wash. Put in about 3.5 liters of water one cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice, and maybe you can add a little more. Soak the vinegar and lemon in the water and put the dinnerware set inside and make sure it is completely covered with water. Leave it for about half an hour. That will be enough for the acidity of the vinegar and lemon juice to dissolve the minerals on the surface of the dinnerware set. After half an hour, clean it off with a soft sponge to remove any residue. Drain the sink and rinse the dishes with warm water. Wipe the dishes with a dry, clean cloth.
To sum it up. If you wash your dinnerware set in the machine, it is essential to know how to set everything inside the dishwasher to avoid any potential damage. If you own a handmade dinnerware set, it is advisable to wash it by hand. Thanks to the ingredients you have in your kitchen, you can always remove any stains without using strong and abrasive agents.