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How to wash glassware in the dishwasher

Glass Care for Dishwashers 

Who has time for handwashing glasses these days? 

Washing your glasses in the dishwasher can be a real time saver, prevent unnecessary breakages and produce sparkling results.

Banish water staining, streaking and cloudy glasses with our glass care guide for dishwashers.

Ensure you get the best results out of your dishwasher and your stemware is celebration ready with Electrolux.





Glassware 101

dishwasher safe symbol for glasses

When purchasing glassware select glasses that are suitable for use in your dishwasher. You can ensure this by looking for the dishwasher safe symbol on packaging.

Certain types of glass are not suitable for washing in the dishwasher including hand-blown glass, crystal, along with painted glassware including gold and silver plated glasses. 

Invest in high quality glass. Lower quality glass contains imperfections that are more vulnerable to chipping and breaking in the dishwasher.  Poor quality glass also has a tendency to become permanently cloudy when washed in the dishwasher at high temperatures.  


clean wine glasses

The Art of Dishwasher Loading 

Highball, tumblers, wine glasses and other stemware is meant to be placed in the top basket of your dishwasher. This protects delicate glassware from the high temperature of the heating element in the base of the dishwasher and rotating spray arm. 

Glasses should be placed upside down between the tines of the top basket.  This allows efficient washing and drying as well as support. Stacking glasses over tines can lead to water spotting where the glass comes into contact with tines. 

Ensure your glasses are not touching other items in the top basket. Glasses tend to vibrate during the wash cycle, rattling against other glasses or items can lead to cracking and breakages.



How to load a dishwasher



If you notice your glasses are not completely dry at the end of a cycle, open the dishwasher door at the end of the drying cycle to allow excess moisture to escape as this can cause condensation and water spotting on glasses.

Glass should be left to completely cool before unloading. Hot glass can shatter on contact with cooler surfaces.



Dishwasher Glass Basket


Protect and eliminate fuss when washing wine glasses, champagne flutes and other stemmed glasses in the dishwasher using a glass basket.  Our universal glass basket from Electrolux fits all 45cm and 60cm models of dishwasher. 

It protects delicate glasses by firmly holding in place with soft flexible grips to ensure glasses don’t move around during washing. The grips are adjustable so you can wash a range of different shaped and sized glasses at the same time.

The Electrolux glass basket holds up to eight glasses but can be folded down to take just four glasses to save on space. It can be used in the bottom rack of your dishwasher and has a handle for easy loading and unloading.

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dishwasher basket for glasses

Universal Dishwasher Glass Basket

Solutions to common problems with washing glasses in the dishwasher

Filming & Water Spotting

If you glasses come out of the dishwasher with a milky film that comes off with running water or white vinegar rinse it is likely to be the result of either hard water or food filming.

Hard Water Filming

Hard water leaves mineral deposits on glassware which can build up over time. 

To rectify, combat hard water using dishwasher restoring salt to soften water and ensure that the dishwasher softener level is set at the correct level.

Using more rinse aid will also assist with hard water filming and spotting. Rinse aid causes water to sheet off of glass during the wash cycle rather than form droplets on glassware.

Hard water retards the soaping of detergents which affects cleaning action, so you need to use a greater amount of dishwasher detergent to get a thorough clean.

If you live in a hard water area, ensure you descale your dishwasher regularly using a dishwasher descaler as lime scale will build up in the interior cavities, spray arms, pipes, and element of your dishwasher and affect its performance.


Acid Etching

Softened water is acidic and dissolves the metal ions in glass leading to a permanent cloudy or milky discoloration and pitting of glassware.

Washing glass at too high a temperature and using too much detergent speeds up the process of acid etching.

Signs of overly soft water include a rainbow residue on glasses when held up to the light after being washed in the dishwasher.

To prevent damage to your glasses check that your dishwasher water softener is set to the correct level for water in your area. Ensure that you wash glassware at a lower temperature on a shorter cycle or use a specific programme cycle for glassware.


Food Filming

Food filming is caused by a combination of protein from remnants of food and high water temperature.

Prevent by rinsing plates and glasses of dairy, meat and egg residue before loading into the dishwasher. 

Ensure that you are using correct amount of dishwasher detergent and clean the filters in the bottom of your dishwasher at least weekly. To combat build-up of grease and detergent residue in your dishwasher, cleanse your dishwasher with a dishwasher degreaser and descaler periodically.

To keep your dishwasher fresh in-between cycles use a dishwasher freshener.







Always consult the manufacturers' instruction manual for your dishwasher on information about its operation, care and maintenance.

Find and download your Electrolux Dishwasher manual here.

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