Cleaning, Community, DIY, Hacks, Holidays, Home maintenance, Kitchen, Organization, Tips

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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Children, Cleaning, Organization, Parenting

Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge, the perfect gift for new parents.

According to Lindsey Cook from US News & World Report, the U.S. will experience one birth every eight seconds in 2016. That is a lot of babies!

As we are nearing the end of 2016, we all know more than a handful of women who have had children this year. We are sure that many of our readers have had children and can fully understand that whether it’s your first, second or third child, cleaning doesn’t get any easier. Keeping a house clean is a much bigger burden on new parents than most realize. Exhaustion can cause clutter, clutter can cause stress and stress prevents you from fully enjoying those precious moments with your newest addition. So while everyone is out buying outfits, bouncers, blankets and stuffed animals, gift your friends with something that they’ll be eternally grateful for. Take a look at our cleaning packages to see what may best fit their needs.

Keeping a house clean is a much bigger burden on new parents than most realize.

Southern Hospitality is founded by moms and run by moms, 99% of the time we know exactly what’s more important and less important when it comes to keeping your home tidy. One of our biggest missions with Southern Hospitality Cleaning and Concierge is to take the pressure off of parents. In fact, we let our toddlers run through the owners house (appropriately) destroying everything in their path and show our new hires exactly how we want them to clean it up as apart of their training. Who better to clean and organize your home than moms who have ‘been there done that?’

 

Hacks, Organization

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Let’s talk home organization and organization hacks! When organizing your home, your office, your car or whatever it may be, these are the questions essential to making the organization and simplification process so much easier.

  1. How often do I use/wear it?
  2. Is it broken and how long have I said I was going to repair it?
  3. How much disruption does the item cause? (does it require a lot of maintenance)
  4. Is is a want or a need?

While I could write an entire book with each chapter highlighting how to organize every different room in your house, today I will be focusing on the ‘hacks’ that have worked in my personal life. Now, we all see hacks that are awesome but they just end up becoming more of a hassle than they do a convenience. As your personal ‘hack addict’, I’m here to give you the report on some of the organizing hacks I cannot live without!

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The closet, so many hangers and so many clothes. I don’t know about you ladies but I seem to have a never ending supply of undershirts, camis, and razor backs. I used to spend a good amount of my time finding the right hanger to hold those tiny spaghetti straps and honestly, I about lost my mind in the process. Cut down on the amount of closet space you use and the amount of time putting away laundry with this little trick! (via Listotic)

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For those of us with little ones, we know that the car can easily become a traveling dumpster. Don’t be ashamed to admit it, it happens to all of us! This small and inexpensive purchase has saved my car and admittedly, my sanity. (via Pop Sugar)

 

 

 

 

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Ahh… the kitchen pantry. Tiny hands are forever getting into the snacks, tearing down boxes in attempt to reach the chocolate on the top shelf, spilling flour all over themselves, getting into your pets food and just making things impossibly hard to find most days. With a good pantry organization plan, you can make your life a little easier by simply knowing exactly where things go the moment they get misplaced. This is also a great plan in the sense that food items will not go bad, as they do not go ‘unseen’ and uneaten. Try storing you snacks in their own personal storage bin, your boxed items in air tight containers, stack your spices so they are easily seen and accessible, and put your canned goods on a turn table. The possibilities are endless with your kitchen pantry. (via Just A Girl And Her Blog)

 

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Bobby pins, nail clippers, snap clips, tweezers… they are ALWAYS getting lost in the bathroom. You end up tearing your bathroom to pieces looking for one tiny thing in the rush of a normal morning. Like Superwoman says in her blog: “I haven’t lost a bobby pin since!” This magnetic strip is fool proof! (via Superwoman)

 

I said I would provide you with a few great hacks today, we will definitely be circling back around to the world of cleaning and organizing hacks in our future blogs. Stay tuned!

If you’re feeling completely lost when it comes to organizing your home, give Southern Hospitality Cleaning and Concierge a call or enter your information below and we’ll contact you shortly. We’re organizing experts!

 

 

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The Burden of a Dirty Home

There are toys strewn all over the floor, dishes piling up in the sink, some unidentifiable gunk on the kitchen counter, two dirty laundry baskets, 1/2 an inch of dust on your blinds and these are just the things you notice as you’re whizzing out the door for work. On your drive to work you begin to think of everything you need to take care of. Work, bills, maybe your child(ren) and that house… that god forsaken house. Your fate is set, your night, days, weekends will consist of cleaning… forever cleaning. Sometimes it might even feel like one of those really bad nightmares you cannot wake up from because it feels like there is always something to clean and always something to organize.

Home organization is one of the most universal stress triggers, according to a recent online survey, eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress. Among all those who experienced some level of stress about home organization, nearly a third expressed being very or extremely stressed by their homes. And it wasn’t just a stressor for women: 81 percent of men and 87 percent of women who reported experiencing anxiety over home upkeep. And it’s true: Clutter can up your anxiety levels. Research has shown clutter to raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and in the workplace, excess clutter can result in decreased productivity and unprofessional behavior. “Home Organization Is Major Source Of Stress For Americans, Survey FindsHuffington Post. 22 May 2013

Cleaning is a huge stressor in peoples lives, both women AND men. While Southern Hospitality Cleaning and Concierge may not be able to solve all of the stress in your life, we can certainty take the stress of cleaning and organizing your home off of your plate! We can take care of the daily and weekly cleaning necessities such as dishes, laundry, kitchen, making beds, toilets, trash, vacuuming, moping and windows. We also have you covered when it comes to those pesky bi-monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks such as dusting, blinds, ceiling fans, baseboards, exterior (and interior) cabinets, refrigerators, and much more! SHCC offers a variety of packages to suit your unique home and budgetary needs. We pride ourselves in offering quality services at a great price! And the best part of all, if you’re not interested in our complete cleaning packages, we offer our services à la carte.

Southern Hospitality Cleaning and Concierge services the entire triangle and surrounding areas. Be sure to check out our service area on this map.