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Dishwashers — Myths vs Facts

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Dishwashers — Myths vs Facts

Can dishwashers tackle tough stains from Indian spices?

How much water do they use?

Do dishwashers give better results than handwashing?

There is a whole range of misconceptions and questions surrounding dishwashers, especially when it comes to stains from Indian spices, masalas and oils. Read on and discover the facts for yourself.


Dishwasher myth 1Myth: Dishwashers are expensive.

Fact: This is perhaps the most common misnomer regarding automatic dishwashers. Yes, there is an upfront cost involved when purchasing one, which may be in the range of INR 30,000-40,000. Compare this one-time investment that lasts an average of 8-10 years with employing a domestic helper who will cost a minimum of INR 1,000 per month for washing your dishes by hand. The long-term savings easily outweigh the cost. Further, factor in water savings, health and hygiene, and the fact that handwashing ends up spoiling the paint and woodwork in the kitchen, and the dishwasher leads the way in terms of benefits.

Dishwasher myth 1Myth: Oil and masala stains can’t be cleaned by a dishwasher.

Fact: While Indian cooking often causes stubborn masala, gravy and oil stains on dishes, the misconception that a dishwasher cannot clean these is unfounded. Automatic dishwashers such as the IFB Neptune SX1 feature special programs, including Heavily Soiled and Pre Wash, to easily remove stubborn stains and food residue from dishes and utensils. It washes everything from crockery to kadhais!

Dishwasher mythMyth: Dishwashers use a lot of water.

Fact: Conventional handwashing, despite being the predominant method of cleaning utensils in Indian homes, is a drain on our most precious natural resource—water. To handwash a 12-place dinner set takes nothing less than around 100 litres of water. Dishwashers, on the other hand, accomplish the same task using less than 10 litres of water, helping save the planet’s resources.

Dishwasher mythMyth: Pre-rinsing is necessary for clean results.

Fact: You don’t have to pre-rinse dishes by hand before loading them into a dishwasher. Simply scrape off any leftover food (just as you would do before putting dishes in the sink to avoid clogging) and place them in the dishwasher. They’ll come out spotless clean!

Dishwasher mythMyth: Washing by hand is more hygienic.

Fact: On the contrary, you may have come across dishes with food stains and detergent residue on them after handwashing. When these go unnoticed, there is a high probability of them leading to food poisoning. Hot water and steam drying in dishwashers ensure that food and detergent residues are completely washed off. What’s more, your dishes come out 100% hygienic as germs and bacteria cannot survive the high temperatures used in a dishwasher. 

Dishwasher mythMyth: Crystal glasses will get scratched or break while washing.

Fact: Automatic dishwashers such as IFB’s range have special programs to take gentle care of your precious crockery and crystalware and protect them from breakages. Perfect space utilisation in IFB Dishwashers features special placeholders to firmly secure delicate crockery in place, ensuring that they don’t move or touch each other.

Dishwasher mythMyth: Dishwashers completely fill up with water when operating.

Fact: Dishwashers are built to save water; they use as little of it as possible. Only the bottom of the dishwasher fills with water while tiny jet holes in the spray arms rotate and spray the dishes. This process ensures that water, detergent and energy are all used efficiently.

Dishwasher mythMyth: Non-stick kadhais and saucepans cannot be washed in a dishwasher.

Fact: Automatic dishwashers handle all kinds of cookware with ease. Flexible racks and foldable wires make IFB Dishwashers ideal for Indian kitchens, with different utensils fitting comfortably. Furthermore, the Teflon coating of non-stick cookware is preserved as it is not subjected to scrubbing by hand.

Dishwasher mythMyth: Washing at low temperatures is more eco-friendly.

Fact: While it may seem rational that washing at lower temperatures consumes less power, the reality is quite the contrary. At lower temperatures, more water, detergent, time and energy are required to remove stubborn stains from Indian cooking. IFB Dishwashers use higher temperatures for shorter durations of time, resulting in fast cleaning of dishes using less water, energy and detergent.

Dishwasher mythMyth: Automatic dishwashing takes more time than handwashing.

Fact: In a normal household of four people, soiled utensils from daily usage take a minimum of 30 minutes to handwash. Add to that the time it takes to air dry them. Automatic Dishwashers, on the other hand, take just 15 minutes to load and unload, giving you cupboard-ready dishes and utensils in a fraction of the time.

Dishwasher mythMyth: If there is a power failure, the dishwasher needs to be reloaded.

Fact: This is completely untrue. Quality dishwashers such as the ones from IFB are programmed with an Auto Restart feature. This means that they resume their wash cycles from where they left off upon resumption of power.


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Smart Storage Ideas for Indian Kitchens

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Smart Storage Ideas for Indian Kitchens

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Utilizing the kitchen space effectively can sometimes be a challenge. With IFB's range of modular kitchens which can be adapted for your specific storage needs the task becomes less daunting. To begin with, here are some ideas to help optimize storage space in your kitchen.

In a small kitchen where space is limited using an open plan is the best way to go. Instead of cabinets which will occupy too much space, use open shelves, hooks and panels along the walls to store various kitchen equipments. A steel rail along the wall is ideal to hang large ladles and other odds and ends. In the same way a magnetic strip for knives will eliminate the need for a knife block which will occupy space on the work top.

Light Knives On Magnetic Holder To The Wall In The Kitchen

Modern White Kitchen Clean Interior Design

Many kitchens are narrow so up is the direction you should be thinking in. narrow cabinets with a vertical orientation are the best bet for such kitchens.

In an Indian kitchen a lot of space is devoted to storing the numerous spices that go into our delicious food. Using narrow pull out drawer will help solve this problem. Spices can be easily stored in this space saving drawer to free up room for crockery and other kitchen equipment.


Mounting equipment like a microwave or oven on the wall will free up valuable work top space.

A pullout pantry will maximize space utilization and wire racks will prevent things from falling out.

Kitchen Drawer

Peg board panels inside cabinets can be used to hang pans. This will allow more room for bigger kitchen utensils.

Dividers in the flatware drawer will reduce clutter and keep your cutlery well organized. Similarly, vertical drawers or dividers within a cabinet will work for storing trays.

Wooden Cutlery Box With Checked Cutlery

Installing carousel racks in corner cabinets increase storage space without increasing the dimensions of the cabinet. This can be done in other cabinets as well. It helps reach things at the back easily.

Many a time we forget about the space under the sink. This can be utilized for storing cleaning agents. Adding pegs will be helpful to hang gloves, scrubs and the like.

You can also neatly tuck away your kitchen disposals in a secret pull out drawer just below your counter top. This allows you to put away you cleaning materials, broom sticks and also serves as good storage space.

A kitchen island, either fixed or on wheels is another excellent storage option. Installing a bottle rack will be helpful to most. The shelves can be used to stack up cook books, glassware or other odds and ends.

Old Fashioned Spacious Kitchen With Island

Making the best of your kitchen space can be achieved with some forethought and innovative designs from IFB. These modular kitchens are not only efficient and stylish but can be modified to suit any kitchen and any budget.

You can also get free design consultations for your Kitchen. Just write to us at

Oil free cooking with Microwave Ovens/ Built-in Ovens

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Oil free cooking with Microwave Ovens/ Built-in Ovens

Given the rise in heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases in the country it is a good idea to take stock of our eating habits and do away with or cut down on ingredients that are not the best for us. One of these ingredients is oil. The thought of preparing Indian food without oil may be unthinkable but cooking with too much oil leads to health problems that are hard to ignore.

Stash the oil away and whip up these delectable, hassle-free recipes with IFB’s oil-free range of cooking equipment.


1. Mushroom Tikka

Indian Food Malai Mushroom Tikka - Mushroom in Marinade Recipe


Mushrooms: 20

For the Marinade

Curd: 2 ½ tbsp

Chili Powder: 1 tsp

Garam Masala: 1 tsp

Gram Flour: 2 tbsp

Pepper: 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp

Salt to taste


  • Wash the mushrooms and pat them dry. Cut them lengthwise into two halves.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients of the marinade.
  • Coat the mushrooms with the marinade and set aside for half an hour.
  • Take the IFB microwave grill and brush it with oil to prevent sticking. String mushrooms on kebab sticks and place on the microwave grill.
  • Put it in the IFB microwave oven for 10 minutes and allow it to grill. Remove it, baste it with butter and put it back in for 15 minutes more.
  • Stick toothpicks in the mushrooms and serve hot with coriander chutney.

With the combination microwave ovens from IFB, dishing out oil-free tikkas is a breeze. These microwaves come equipped with a power grill and microwave that give you the flexibility to cook and brown food as per your taste.

2. Spicy Barbecue Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken On Wooden Serving Tray With Herbs and Rosemary


Chicken: 1 whole

For the Barbecue Sauce

Ketchup – 1 cup

Honey – ¼ cup

Vinegar – ¼ cup

Soy sauce: 1 tbsp

Red chilli sauce: 1 tbsp

For the Barbecue Rub

Black pepper: 1 tsp

Chili powder: 2 tsp

Garlic powder: ½ tsp

Onion powder: ½ tsp

Salt to taste


  • Wash the chicken well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix the ingredients for the barbecue sauce until well incorporated.
  • In another bowl, mix the ingredients of the barbecue rub and sprinkle it on the outside and the cavity of the chicken.
  • Truss the chicken with a cooking twine and skewer on the rotisserie spit.
  • Pre-heat the IFB oven to 200° C.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 200° C.
  • Coat the chicken with the barbecue sauce and let it spin for another 30 minutes in the oven.
  • Serve hot.

Get ready for some serious barbecuing and succulent flavors with rotisserie microwaves from IFB. These microwaves are your best bet if crispy meat are your go-to party dishes. These ovens lock in the nutrients and dole out deliciously tender dishes. What’s more, these microwaves take care of the mess and the grease in appliance with a steam clean feature that leaves your microwave oven fresh and sparkling clean. The deodorizer further ensures you have a germ-free, pleasant smelling microwave.

3. Baked French fries

Homemade Oven Baked French Fries With Ketchup


Potatoes: 6

Chilli Powder: 1tsp

Black Pepper: 1 tsp

Garlic powder: 1 tsp

Onion powder: 1 tsp

Salt to taste


  • Wash and peel the potatoes
  • Slice each potato to 1/4″ – 1/2″ thickness and cut strips.
  • Spread the strips on a baking sheet.
  • Preheat the IFB microwave oven to 425°C and bake the fries for 15 minutes.
  • Toss the fries in the spices and your crispy, fat-free French fries are ready to serve.

If you are a baking enthusiast, and like to add your own healthy spin to oily dishes, the IFB convection microwave is the perfect company. Equipped with heater selector options and a whole range of standard menus, putting out delicious baked versions of traditionally deep fried dishes doesn’t get any simpler than this. Thoroughly and evenly cooked food, now in a jiffy.

Kitchen Design Trends We’re Currently Obsessed With!

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Kitchen Design Trends We’re Currently Obsessed With!

What used to be an afterthought while designing homes, the kitchen has quickly gained prime real estate in the past few years. Houses are being designed keeping the kitchen in mind as it is seen as a space that brings the whole family together, while creating memories that last. 2016 has some promising new design trends rising and here are just a few that we can’t stop thinking about:

Beautiful Apartment Interior Kitchen

Dark Palettes: If you’re wondering what the color scheme for this year is going to be, look no further. The color palette in cooking spaces is going more bold and untraditional with a heavier lean toward shades of gray and black. A reflection of luxury, these darker shades are being contrasted with a hint of understated colors to lend a chic vibe to the space and makes it less overpowering. Glistening black appliances and cabinetry are finding their way into kitchens. If you are planning to re-model your kitchen, check out IFB’s home appliances and modular kitchens that sport a range of colors spanning subtle to bold.

A Beautiful New Apartment

Integrated Spaces: Kitchens are no longer the neglected rooms they used to be, assigned to a tiny corner of your home. In fact, 2016 has seen beautiful integration between living rooms and kitchens, knocking down doors. Not only does this create a more open atmosphere, it also brings in a multi-purpose functionality to the space. Consequently, the emphasis of proper space planning has become a lot more important. With lifestyles getting busier, there is no denying how much a properly installed kitchen that solves storage problems and provides endless possibilities is hard to resist! IFB’s range of the perfectly put together modular kitchens, beautifully displayed here, will definitely excite you!

Interior View of A Modern Kitchen With Kitchen Island Sink and Oven

Decluttering: If you’re conservative about the way you use your space around your homes, this is one trend you will be quick to adopt in your kitchen! Storage simplified, allows for decluttering by incorporating hidden drawers, rollouts, tilt-ups, and pullouts in kitchen cabinets. These are largely becoming a part of DIY home improvement projects to optimize spaces better and maintain a clean, uncluttered look. Locate an IFB point close to you from here, and take a good, close up look at the many ways you can curate your kitchen space!

A Cabinet With Opened Drawers and Inner Drawer In A Bathroom

Thinner Countertops: Sometimes slightly altering the profile of an element in the kitchen is all you need to transform the look completely and make it look larger. This is why thick, solid countertops are being traded for thinner, more refined styles. Considering kitchen spaces are becoming more integrated, designs are becoming more sleek and streamlined and we are sure the thin countertops are here to stay!

Wooden Table On Red Modern Kitchen Bench

Transparency: If you’re looking to create a striking kitchen that breaks the monotony in kitchen elements and cabinets while scoring high on simplicity, then this is for you. Interweaving transparency is gaining momentum in modern kitchens. It hinges on the concept of eliminating the division between food and storage spaces serving well to create a culinary experience that goes beyond the ingredients and the utensils. Not only does it create a more personal relationship with food, it also helps elevate the cooking process by putting greater emphasis on the choice and prepping of food. Instead of going all out, consider switching out wooden cabinet doors with glass doors or just go for open shelving!

Modern Kitchen Interior Design

Transitional Styling: Another big trend this year are transitional kitchens. For those who like to strike an alluring balance between the warmth that comes with traditional design and the streamlined clean lines that come with a contemporary appeal, a transitional kitchen makes just the right fit. It perfectly blends a functional kitchen space with a distinct style that offers a great deal of flexibility. Incorporating a transitional style is not difficult and can be achieved with minor tweaks or if you are looking to remodel, give your kitchen a complete transformation! It can be achieved anyway you want – be it combining complementary finishes, or experimenting with quirky items. Mixing up a lot of textures while keeping the colors neutral will add that spark. Even adding a unique pendant lighting can go a long way in sprucing up a traditional kitchen. If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, explore IFB’s range of modular kitchens that sport a range of textures, colors, and finishes that are best suited to your needs.

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7 secrets to maintaining a clean kitchen

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7 secrets to maintaining a clean kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, but it is also the place that gets messy and dirty quite easily. While many people think a good weekend scrub is the key to keeping the kitchen clean, the best way to go about it is to give a few minutes of your time every day to maintaining a clean kitchen.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your kitchen clean:

1. Use a garbage bowl when you cook

Garbage Bowl

A Garbage bowl is a container that you place on the counter to dump handfuls of peelings or scraps while you cook. This makes it easy to keep your kitchen clean as you go about cooking, saves you countless trips to the garbage or compost bin, and most importantly, keeps your kitchen mess-free and organised.

2. Use a cutting mat

Brussels Sprouts on Wooden Table

Chopping vegetables and tossing them into the pan is not always as elegant as we see it on cookery shows, right? The easy fix to that is using a cutting mat over the cutting board – you can easily pick up the mat with cut vegetables, bend it to a funnel and pour the contents into the pan.

3. Corral all that you require and prepare your work-space

Food Ingredients and Kitchen Utensils For Cooking

Place the spoons and utensils you will need to cook and will be re-using, on the counter. Deciding in advance what you will be needing, and what you can re-use while cooking, is a great way of keeping the mess to the minimum and also to make sure you don’t go looking around for things you need, in the middle of cooking.

4. Clean as you cook

Cleaning Kitchen With Sponge

A lot of people think this is quite a hassle, but cleaning whatever you are done with, makes sure there is less of a mess to be tackled later on. Just drop the used knives and spoons in a bowl of hot soapy water. You can use a splatter-screen on the stove makes cleaning off the grease and oil residue so much easier. It is also a good idea to clean your kitchen appliances like Microwave Oven right after you finish cooking. For easy cleaning with great results, try the IFB Microwave Care Pack.

5. Choose a good Dishwasher


Dishwashers are a great addition to a kitchen, as they can ensure easy work of the pile of dishes that can seem so intimidating. A good dishwasher can help make you look forward to cooking, without worrying about dealing with dirty dishes after every meal. IFB Dishwashers also come with Eco Wash feature which makes you save on electricity and water, and also ensures perfect hygiene with every wash. Buy one now!

6. Don’t rush through cooking

Closeup On Woman Putting Parsley On Pasta Dish

Hurry spoils curry, and definitely creates a lot of mess too! Avoid speed-cooking and see how everything you do get automatically more neat and organised. There are times when you really do need to fix a quick meal – for those times, it could help to have set options of dishes that are easy and can be dealt with easily, or use splatter-screens.

With IFB, you can get easy to clean built-it hobs that give you everyday convenience you need.

7. Use Appliances that are easy to clean


Keeping a kitchen clean requires diligence but a clean kitchen makes cooking a great experience every time. Apart from following cleaning routines, it also makes sense to invest in appliances that make cleaning your kitchen easy.

You can also keep your kitchen pristine by keeping those nasty odors at bay with IFB’s cooker hoods.

If you have any queries about kitchen appliances and modular kitchens that are easy to maintain, write to us at