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How to Load a Dishwasher

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General Suggestions

  • Refer to your owner’s manual for any special instructions.
  • Make sure your items are dishwasher safe before washing.
  • Skip the pre-rinse! Modern dishwashers don’t require it. Do scrape off any large chunks of food that may clog the filter. If your dishwasher is going to be sitting before running, pre-rinse to prevent smells from forming.
  • Place items soiled-side down to maximize cleaning.
  • Ensure proper spacing between items. Be careful not to set dishware on or against the prongs, as they may cause water spots.
  • Placing glassware at an angle will prevent water from pooling on the base. Be sure to arrange glasses carefully so they do not collide and break.
  • Secure lightweight plastics, as they may melt if they touch the heating element.
  • Choose quality detergent and keep your rinse aid dispenser full. Always store in a cool, dry space and use any powdered detergents within two months of opening to maximize use.
  • Run the sink faucet until the water gets hot so the dishwasher will start with hot water.

Silverware

Spoons and forks should be placed in the rack with their handles facing down, while knives should be placed with the blade down, minimizing risk of injury when loading/unloading. Vary the silverware in each compartment so the utensils don’t nest within one another. Make sure slender items cannot slip through the rack so they do not block the sprayer arm.

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Dishwasher Don’ts

Don’t wash kitchen knives in the dishwasher. Detergent and the force of the water can dull knives.

Don’t wash wooden cutting boards or spoons in the dishwasher. The heat can warp them and the wood may splinter or crack.

Don’t wash insulated mugs; it can compromise the mug’s insulation.

Don’t stack items. It makes it more difficult to efficiently clean the entire load.

Don’t wash cast iron, brass, bronze, copper, china with gold leaf, or anything hand-painted in the dishwasher, as detergents contain abrasive particles and can leave residue..

Don’t wash nonstick pans, though some are dishwasher safe and will be marked as such.

Don’t wash stoneware in the dishwasher. Stoneware is porous and will absorb the taste of the detergent and the wash (5).

Don’t wash stainless steel with silver. Stainless and silver will react when combined with detergent, leaving pitting on the silver and possibly spotting the stainless.


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References & More Information

Ettiene, Coryanne. “6 Things to Never Put in the Dishwasher (And How to Clean Them!).” Better Homes & Gardens, www.bhg.com/kitchen/appliances/cast-iron-wooden-spoons-and-other-items-that-cant-go-in-the-dishwasher-281474979547595/.

Exhume, Michaelle. “The Biggest Mistakes You’re Making With Your Dishwasher.” Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2014, www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24839/dishwasher-mistakes/.

Forte, Carolyn. “How to Get the Most Out of Your Dishwasher.” Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2018, www.goodhousekeeping.com/appliances/dishwasher-reviews/a22031/dishwasher-tips-0306/.

“How to Load a Dishwasher.” Consumer Reports, 5 June 2017, www.consumerreports.org/dishwashers/how-to-load-a-dishwasher/.

Kirchhoff, Herb. “What Happens to Silver-Plated Flatware If You Wash It in the Dishwasher With Stainless Steel?” Home Guides | SF Gate, SFGate.com, 9 Dec. 2018, homeguides.sfgate.com/happens-silverplated-flatware-wash-dishwasher-stainless-steel-88507.html.

Roberts, Julissa. “How to Care for Your Pizza Stone – Article.” FineCooking, www.finecooking.com/article/how-to-care-for-your-pizza-stone.

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48-Hour FLASH SALE

Have a very merry… FLASH SALE! For 48 hours, we are offering our popular 3-hour custom cleaning for $90 (a $30 savings). Contact us for details and to take advantage of this special rate on our award-winning service! A limited number of appointments are available. Sale ends December 4th.

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It’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday weekend, and that means sales! When you shop small, you support local families, and we’re no exception — our providers are primarily local parents and grandparents. We’re proud to support our community and local economy!

This year, we are thrilled to offer several ways to save, including package specials and discounts on e-gifts! All specials are for a limited time only.

Want to win a free cleaning? Venture on over to our Facebook page for details!

E-Gift Cards

Save on gift cards this weekend with limited-time codes.

  • Save $10 on all gift cards with code SHOPLOCAL2018.
  • Save $20 on gift cards with a value of $150 or more with code SAVEMORE2018.
  • Purchasing a gift card with $200 or greater value? Save $30 with code HOLIDAYS2018.

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All codes expire 11/26/2018. Gift card discounts cannot be stacked or combined, but may be used toward another special.

Seasonal Package Deals

Enjoy additional discounts on our seasonal specials! Until 11/26/2018, our Santa’s Little Helper and Mrs. Claus’ Day Off packages will be available at a special, reduced rate:

  • Santa’s Little Helper | $90 (originally $99)
  • Mrs. Claus’ Day Off | $180 (originally $199)

A limited number of appointments at this special, limited-time rate are available. Book your spot today!

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Hourly Service Specials

Our regular hourly service is also available at a limited-time special rate! Book your customized concierge service at the following discounted rates:

  • Two-hour, two person | $120 (a $20-40 savings!)
  • Three-hour, two person | $165 (a $45-70 savings!)

All specials end 11/26/2018 at 11:59 pm. Appointments available through April 2019. Please contact us if you have any questions or trouble redeeming a discount code.

Ready to book? Contact us or message us via our Facebook page. We’re happy to help!


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Holiday Specials — and how to win one!

This holiday season, we are offering two extra special seasonal deals — our $99, three-hour deal and a $199 deep clean!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, and mother-figures. All we are, all that we will be — we owe to you.

As an organization founded by and comprising of local parents, we understand family matters — yours, ours, and our teams’ families. We use family-friendly products to keep our families safe and healthy. We promote family-centered, positive work ethics. We hire background-checked and trained service providers, who are given flexible scheduling and a living wage. As a member of our SHCC family, we value you!

Stay tuned for details on our next giveaway! (Hint: we’re partnering with a local artist for a one-of-a-kind offering!)


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Last Minute Flash Sale!

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Looking for a knock-her-socks-off, wow-inspiring, jaw-dropping gift this Mother’s Day? Purchase an e-gift card from SHCC! Through 11:59 pm on 5/13, take 10% off all e-gift cards! Pair with our $99, $120, or $199 specials, and add to your savings! More details on our other specials can be found here.

Purchase your e-gift card here and use code LASTMINSAVE to save 10% on all e-gifts.


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Mother’s Day Specials!

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Looking for a knock-her-socks-off, wow-inspiring, jaw-dropping gift this Mother’s Day? Take advantage of our $99, $120, and $199 specials, and add to your savings with our limited-time e-gift card discount code!

$99 Special Enjoy three labor hours of service with our trained technicians. We work from your priorities, and our hourly service is flexible to suit a wide array of household needs.

$120 Special Enjoy four labor hours of service with our trained technicians, working from your priorities.

$199 Special Take advantage of our limited time Spring Clean package! Enjoy a quality, thorough deep clean at a great price.

Unlock extra savings by purchasing an e-gift card and applying the code ILUVMYMAMA for 5% off.

New! We are offering a complimentary oven cleaning with any Signature service (a $35 value) for a limited time.

Want a little extra oomph? Ask us about spa gift certificates, flowers, candles, and other gift packages from our local partners.

E-gift card code expires 5.11.2018. Other specials expire 5.31.2018.


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