How Does a Dishwasher Actually Work? [Complete Guide!]

Some of us can agree with the gospel that cooking is easy.

But the main headache is washing all those sticky and dirty vessels.

Don’t you guys agree with it? So, in this piece of information, we will look at how actually a DISHWASHER machine works and its pros. So, let’s explore more!

Will a Dishwasher be an ideal fit for Indian Kitchens?


Of course, why not!

Nowadays, it’s getting common to possess a dishwasher in your kitchen- just like having a Fridge, Washing Machine, TV, etc. So, if you have a forethought of purchasing a dishwasher, first read this article to the end.

Further, we will discuss-

‘Will purchasing a dishwasher be harmful to your monthly budget, or is it the budget-friendly product?’

But for a start, let’s first clear your doubts regarding what happens inside that metal case of a dishwasher?

What happens inside the Dishwasher box?

Basically, Dishwasher is a robot that helps humans in cleaning the utensils. But, the process that it follows is not easy like washing vessels with our hands. It follows a step-by-step task to clean the used vessels. Let’s see the process.

Firstly, you have to put the dirty vessels inside the rack. After that, add the required amount of detergent or liquid soap and put it on a preferred cycle. Now, what happens inside the machine is mentioned below:

– The Dishwasher adds the required amount of water.

– Heating the water to an appropriate temperature.

– Detergent dispenser opens automatically at that instance to dispense the soap.

– Water jets shoot water to wash the vessels.

– Dirty water is drained.

– Spray jets more water to wash the dishes.

– Again followed by the draining process.

– Heats the air, which helps to fry the vessels. (As included in the cycle that the user has selected!)

These are the fundamental steps that every Dishwasher follows. However, you might still doubt which utensils to place inside it? How will it clean them? What will the time of one cycle and much more?

Reading a further article with patience will give all the necessary answers regarding the Dishwasher.

How to use a Dishwasher? [Especially in Indian Kitchens]

Indian food tends to be spicy, flavored with oil, spices, and much more. Hence, we can conclude that if vessels containing more oil or leftover is directly put inside a dishwasher, it will pass out soon, LOL!

Instead, after eating, wash vessels with water and remove the excess leftover from it. After that, put it into the Dishwasher and select the process that you want to set.

Which Utensils to Put inside a Dishwasher?

If you are a novice in using the Dishwasher, you can rely on us regarding which vessels to wash in a dishwasher.

When it comes to cooking vessels, they are mostly made up of steel. There may be many other vessels like a glass cup, ceramic cups, etc.

You can place the following types of vessels in the dishwasher machine:

– Any vessel that has a steel base or is made up of steel. The vessel should not be burnt from the bottom.

– Also, place the cups and saucers, small plates, dishes, bowls, metal strainers, and small metal vessels in the above rack.

– While in the below rack, lunch dishes, large vessels can be accommodated.

– Water bottles (steel), spice boxes, and much more.

In short, any utensil made up of steel, glass, or metal can be placed inside the dishwasher machine. But remember that the strainer or vessels made up of non-branded melamine or plastic may not SURVIVE! So, avoid putting them inside the Dishwasher.

Which vessels to wash ourselves instead of Dishwasher?

The vessels that you feel are dirty enough not to put inside a dishwasher should be washed outside.

Also, the utensils with burned bottom, or sometimes if more remaining are stuck, wash it outside.

– Dishwasher unsafe plastic utensils. Always check the bottom of the utensils for warning against dishwashers.

– Aluminum and indolium vessels are not likely to adjust in the Dishwasher. The machine wash might cause black patches on these vessels.

– Iron cannot get a wash in Dishwasher as it may develop rust on it and harm the Dishwasher as well.

– Wood spatulas, bowls, etc., cannot be loaded in the Dishwasher.

– Copper, Brass should also stay away from the dishwasher machine.

– Vessels with copper bottom, hard anodized cookware (the vessel with black material, or we can say non-stick vessels) are not allowed inside dishwashers.

So, here is the end of easy bifurcations of Vessels allowed VS. Vessels to be skipped from putting into a dishwasher. Let’s move further.

Is Dishwasher pocket-friendly or a saving-eater?

Looking at the price of a dishwasher, it happens to be a costly device. But it reduces the work of washing dishes.


Moreover, it is slightly drifting into the section of life necessities like a washing machine, fridge, etc.

Still, the user ratio of dishwasher machines has not grown to an outstanding number, but it increases every year. Now, what about the cost and maintenance of this machine after buying it?

Purchasing this machine is no doubt high. But the maintenance of it is near to negligible if used with TLC. The dishwasher machine requires care, and rough use may damage the system completely.


This question might be pinching you from the starting of the article, right?

Here is the answer to it. The electricity consumption will not hike if you use the machine properly. Every cycle of Dishwasher takes 30-60 minutes of time. If the machine is a power saver and of the proper brand, it will consume less energy.

If you have bought a machine without checking any details like ratings, or a power-saving guide, you might face trouble later.

Pros of Dishwasher

There are many points to cover under the pros section that are noteworthy:

Cleaner vessels– As we discussed above that Indian food is comparatively more oily and spicy than other food. So, mostly we have to wash vessels with warm water to clean them completely.

Hence, we can say that Dishwasher uses warm water jet sprays to clean the dishes and dirty vessels. Hence, if the vessel is placed properly, it will be completely clean after the cycle.

Automatic Drying of vessels– There is a system in the Dishwasher- at the end of every cycle, the containers and vessels are dried with hot steam or air produced inside the machine itself.

So, vessels come out dry and clean. It also saves our time from drying them and then fixing them back at their place.

Vessels stay NEW for a longer time– As vessels will not undergo the process of scrubbing, they will remain newer for a longer time. The shine of the vessels will also remain for a longer time.


We have a thumbs up with using a dishwasher on regular days. But the only advice is- ‘buy it wisely as well as use it wisely.’