A lesser-known feature of dishwashers, designed to help fit more into the machine before starting a cycle, has been brought to light, astonishing internet users. This feature was highlighted in a video by a woman who was loading wine glasses into the top rack of her dishwasher.
As she attempted to close the lid, the stems of the glasses got caught at the top of the machine. To resolve this, she pushed a small lever on each side of the rack, lowering it slightly, allowing the glass to fit seamlessly. The video, which has garnered over 2,500 comments, was captioned: "Shocked. My whole life is a lie."
According to Pensionist.dk, one user commented on the video, "I just tried it, and it worked, but I don't know how to get it back up." Another added, "I didn't even know that thing was used to lean cups against." A third person wrote, "I lived for 29 years without knowing this. You learn it at 12."
Another revelation followed shortly after, when a cleaning expert, known as Clean OF Queen Lynsey, claimed that most people are using their dishwashers incorrectly, unnecessarily straining their finances. Appearing on This Morning, she explained, "Most dishwashers today are powerful enough to remove all the dirt, so much pre-washing by hand is often just a waste of water and time."
To save money, she also suggested, "Skip the rinse aid and use white vinegar instead. It's much cheaper and does the same job." Lynsey recommends sticking to "approved tablets" as they are more effective and save you from having to wash the same dishes twice.
Dishwasher owners can also benefit from running the dishwasher exclusively when it's fully loaded and setting the machine to an eco-cycle. "Every modern dishwasher has a special energy efficiency setting that uses less energy to heat the water by heating the water slower over a longer cycle," Lynsey noted.
Using this feature, along with Lynsey's hack for drying dishes, could help save even more money. She added, "To avoid full dry cycles, simply take a kitchen towel and at the end of the cleaning cycle place the towel inside the door of the dishwasher and close it. All you have to do is wait five minutes, and the dishes will be dry and ready to be put away."