Decoding dishwasher symbols: a comprehensive guide

Navigating the maze of dishwasher symbols can be daunting. Our guide is here to simplify things and help you understand these icons better.

Whilst many of us are familiar with the symbols on our clothing labels, guiding our laundry routines, dishwasher symbols often remain a mystery. Yet, understanding them can enhance the efficiency and longevity of your appliance.

The rise of dishwashers in UK homes has been significant. From a mere 18% in 1994, nearly half of all households now own one. As dishwashers become an integral part of our daily lives, especially for bustling families, it's essential to know how to optimally use and maintain them.

Breaking down the dishwasher symbols:

  1. Wine glass programme:

    • Symbolised by a wine glass, this programme is tailored for cleaning glassware. Often termed as the 'delicate' cycle, it ensures your glasses remain clear and durable. A frequent mistake can lead to glasses turning cloudy or fragile. This cycle typically concludes with a hot rinse, imparting an added sparkle to your glassware.
  2. Shower programme:

    • Represented by a shower icon, this programme is ideal for an intensive rinse or pre-wash. Instead of manually rinsing dishes under a tap, this cycle provides a thorough soak, conserving water and maintaining hygiene.
  3. Casserole dish programme:

    • This symbol, resembling a casserole dish or pot, is designed for heavy-duty cleaning, especially for utensils with dried or burnt food. Whilst 65 degrees Celsius suffices for regular cooking residues, tougher stains might require a higher temperature. To be economical, opt for the lower setting unless absolutely necessary.
  4. Eco programme:

    • The eco mode is your go-to for energy and water conservation. Whilst it operates at a slower pace and cooler temperature, it's perfect for everyday dishes. For stubborn stains or burnt residues, consider a separate intensive wash.
  5. Drying programmes:

    • The drying setting impacts energy consumption. Whilst heated drying utilises electricity, air drying is more energy-efficient. To expedite air drying, slightly open the dishwasher door, allowing moisture to escape.

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