All of a sudden I have not only a new (but old) kitchen, but also one of those gurling kitchen contraptions called "dishwasher". This shiny white mid-2000s beauty wants me to feed it dishes. Alas, except for a short period twelve years ago, I've never lived with a dishwasher and harbour some suspicion of them.
For me, they are summarised by the following points:
1. They omit foul smelling clouds of steam
2. They make smooth crockery and glassware feel less smooth to the touch
3. They make shiny cookware less shiny
4. They rust the joints on steel pans
5. They clean things fairly well
6. They need at least one of an enormous array of powders or tablets to do their job.
7. They reduce the risk of arguments over the kitchen sink;)
So, dear readers, please help me here. Are dishwashers better nowadays? What can I happily place in the dishwasher's maw? What should I avoid for fear of unshiny disappointments? Other tips? And what bloody powder/tablet do you recommend/avoid (in Australia)?
My dirty dishes await your sage counsel on all things relating to the gurglatron in my kitchen. (Oh, it's one of those Fisher & Paykel double DishDrawer thingies…)