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How to Use a Dishwasher: Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use a Dishwasher: Steps (with Pictures)

Are you new to using a dishwasher?

If you are planning to purchase a dishwasher or just bought one, there are these questions that pop up on how to use a dishwasher correctly or how to get the best performance out of a dishwasher.

Here’s how you should use a dishwasher for best performance in 3 main steps:

  1. Loading the dishwasher
  2. Running the dishwasher
  3. Cleaning the dishwasher

Below we explore in details these processes on how to use a dishwasher.

1: How to Load the Dishwasher

Loading the dishwasher in a correct manner is crucial in getting perfectly clean utensils.

Step 1: Scrape leftovers/rinse utensils

Just like you don’t toss your utensils with bits of food into the sink for fear of your drain getting clogged, you shouldn’t put the utensils directly inside the dishwasher. Just scrape off leftover food and condiments or do a light rinse of the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Step 2: Load the bottom basket

For greater convenience to you and proper placement of dishes, always load a dishwasher from the inside out. On the bottom basket/rack, place your larger utensils such as pans, kadhais, pots and casserole dishes. Place them upside down and facing the spray nozzles for better cleaning.

  • Place plates in the plate holders.
  • Indian stainless steel plates (which have bigger ends) should be placed on alternate racks, which will allow water to flow on their both sides.
  • Silverware and stainless steel should not touch each other, which may result in a chemical reaction during dishwashing.

Step 3: Load the top basket

Place smaller dishes like bowls, mugs, cups, glasses and small plates on the top basket/rack of the dishwasher. These should also be placed upside down at an angle to allow water to be sprayed inside them for a thorough wash.

  • Delicate crockery such as glasses should be placed at an angle to prevent them from moving during dishwashing.
  • Place the ladles, spoons and forks on the top rack if your dishwasher has the placeholder or else put them in the space designated as per user manual.

Step 4: Use correct quantity of dishwasher detergent

Use the appropriate dosage of dishwasher detergent as specified on the label and not more even if your dishes are dirty or greasy. Adding more detergent will not make the wash quality better but, adversely, leave detergent residue on dishes.

  • Dishwashing salt and rinse aid should also be used as per dosage instructions.
  • If using dishwasher tablet, put just one per wash.
  • Do not use the handwash detergents in dishwasher.
Loading a dishwasher: Warnings and tips

Load plastics carefully: Since plastic utensils are lightweight, they can move around and end up damaging other utensils, themselves or dishwasher spray arms. Place them securely on the racks so as to not allow them to move.

Don’t load certain items: While most material such as stainless steel, glassware, bone china, microwaveable and dishwasher-safe plastics can be cleaned in a dishwasher, certain items should not be loaded. These include:
  • Utensils made of wood, plastic casseroles, metal utensils made of aluminium, copper, silver, gold and bronze. These metals discolour if washed in a dishwasher.
  • Children’s cups and glasses that are in creative designs and shapes.
  • Non-stick cookware, unless the manufacturer clearly labels it as dishwasher-safe.Non-heat-resistant plastic vessels.

  • Don’t overload the dishwasher: Do not overload the dishwasher as it may block the movement of spray arms or damage them and restrict water flow to the utensils. This will reduce washing efficiency of the dishwasher.  

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    2: How to Run the Dishwasher

    Running the dishwasher using the most suitable program ensures optimal wash performance and greater efficiency.

    Step 1: Choose the lightest cycle

    Whenever possible, run the lightest cycles such as eco wash or quick wash in many dishwashers. Light cycles are both energy efficient and require less water. Shorter programs (30-50 min) are good for washing lightly soiled utensils and plates. Your breakfast and snacks dishes and utensils that are not too dirty can easily be washed using a light cycle. Normally these programs do not include the drying step; you may choose extra dry if available.

    Step 2: Run an intense cycle for dirty utensils

    Dirty dishes with oil and masala stains and those used for baking need a more intensive dishwashing cycle for them to get thoroughly cleaned. While dishes that are moderately dirty can be washed with a normal wash cycle, those with stubborn stains may need a heavy wash program or high-temperature wash.

    Step 3: Choose between dry program and air dry

    Running a dry program is useful when you want dishes for immediate use, while many dishwashers have a steam dry option for extra hygienic dishes. However, if you are not in a hurry to use the utensils, you can always let them air dry. This will help you save energy.

    Running the dishwasher: Warnings and tips
  • If you have a Half Load option in your dishwasher, use it for fewer dishes. It will help save water, detergent and power.
  • Utensils dry better in a dishwasher when you use rinse aid.
  • Not using rinse aid may lead to water stains/white marks on utensils and poor drying.
  • Wrong program selection may affect wash and drying results.
  • Water hardness may end up affecting the drying effectiveness of your dishwasher; ensure water hardness is below 800 ppm.
  • Plastic items are more difficult to dry because they have a lower thermal mass than ceramic or metal items, causing them to cool faster than the other items during the drying cycle.

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    3: How to Clean the Dishwasher

    Regularly cleaning a dishwasher not only enhances its wash performance and efficiency but also reduces odour formation and improves its life.

    Step 1: Clean the dishwasher exterior

    To begin with, clean the outside of your dishwasher to remove food stains, finger marks, water stains, etc. If you have a plastic dishwasher, you can clean it using soap water and sponge or an all-purpose appliance cleaner. Use a kitchen appliance cleaner or glass cleaner on dishwashers made of stainless steel.

    • However, don’t spray the appliance cleaner/glass cleaner directly on a dishwasher as it may damage the electronic parts. Take a cloth, rag towel or paper towel, apply some cleaner on it and then wipe off the dishwasher.

    Step 2: Clean the filter

    Filter cleaning is crucial to avoid clogging of the dishwasher drain and for its efficient performance. These built-in filters are usually located near the bottom basket/rack, where they trap large food particles and prevent clogging. Refer to your dishwasher user manual, take out the filter, wash it using warm water and soap, and then fit it back in place.

    • If your dishwasher use is regular, then you should clean the filter at least 1-2 times a month. It is a simple task that hardly takes any time at all.
    • If you pre-rinse your dishes, then the filter may not get clogged with large particles but may still accumulate grime that needs to be cleaned.
    • You can use a brush or sponge to scrub out grime and particles stuck in the filter.

    Step 3: Clean dishwasher accessories and removable parts

    Removable parts such as utensil placeholders can be taken out and washed in the sink. Run them under tap water to wash off food leftovers. If the parts are quite dirty, clean them using a brush or sponge to remove oil and grease stuck on them.

    Step 4: Clean the tub

    Although a good dishwasher is a self-cleaning appliance, over time it may accumulate grime. If you wish to thoroughly clean it once in a while, it is quite easy. Use agentle cloth or paper towel to wipe off food residue, debris and grime from the inside and bottom of the dishwasher and clean the rubber gasket. Now place white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe cup or bowl on the top rack, run the hottest cycle but skip the drying program, instead opening the dishwasher door and letting it air-dry.

    • Once the cleaning cycle ends and the dishwasher is air-dried, wipe the insides with a soft cloth or paper towel.
    Cleaning the dishwasher: Warnings and tips
  • To avoid and remove unpleasant odours in your dishwasher and utensils and keep them fresh and deodorised, you can use a dishwasher freshener. Just make sure it is natural and safe.
  • If the rubber gasket has mould or mildew on it, refer to your instruction manual for cleaning it with an all-purpose cleaning.
  • Some cleaners might damage or harm the gasket.
  • Do NOT use bleach to clean a stainless steel dishwasher. Bleach will damage it.

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    Following the above steps will help you in making your dishwasher experience not just easy but safe. Just load, run and clean your dishwasher in the proper manner and enjoy hassle-free dishwashing.

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    How to Use a Dishwasher for Best Washing of Utensils

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    How to Use a Dishwasher for Best Washing of Utensils

    Planning to buy a dishwasher or already have an IFB Dishwasher? Since we’re accustomed to washing utensils like kadhais and pans by hand, we might not be familiar with how to get the cleanest results from a dishwasher. Here are some steps and tips to get perfectly clean, sparkling utensils.

    Scrape Leftovers before Putting Utensils in the Dishwasher

    Much like you would remove the food remaining on your plate before putting it in the kitchen sink to avoid clogging, just scrape the food leftovers from the dishes into a dustbin before loading them in the dishwasher.

    Loading the Dishwasher

    Loadthe utensils from the inside of the dishwasher to its outer side. The ideal way is to load all dishes at once instead of just putting one or two utensils every time they get dirty. This helps in proper arrangement of the dishes in their placeholders. However, an IFB Dishwasher also allows you the flexibility to load the utensils on the go.

    Placing Larger Utensils in the Dishwasher

    Load larger utensils on the lower basket, with the kadhais and pans upside down and plates in the plate holders.

    Placing Smaller Utensils in the Dishwasher

    Load the upper basket too by placing the smaller dishes in the plate racks.

    Placing Stainless Steel Plates in the Dishwasher

    Place Indian stainless steel plates with bigger ends on the right side of the dishwasher and on alternate racks to allow water flow between them.

    Avoid Overlapping of Utensils in the Dishwasher

    Do not overlap utensils when loading the dishwasher. This will hamper optimal cleaning since water may not trickle down to the unexposed, hidden areas of overlapping dishes.

    Avoid Loose Utensils in the Dishwasher

    All dishes should be stacked in their respective placeholders, especially forks and spoons, to avoid them from floating around and scratching or damaging other utensils.

    Never block dishwasher water spray arms

    Ensure that the water spray arms are not blocked by a utensil. When the dishwasher is running, these arms move around spraying water on the utensils and rendering them clean. If a dish is barring the movement of these arms, there are chances of damage to the machine.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers

    Q: What is a dishwasher?

    A: A dishwasher is a washing machine for cleaning utensils. Unlike manual dishwashing, which relies largely on physical scrubbing to clean, IFB Dishwasher cleans by spraying 30-70°C hot water at the utensils, helped by IFB’s own Dishwasher Detergent and dried with steam. It is just like a washing machine that you use to wash clothes.

    Q: Can a dishwasher clean Indian masala stains and heavy utensils like kadhai?

    A: A dishwasher can easily clean all types of masala, oil stains and greasy food residue. IFB Dishwashers have various programs that ensure that all utensils, from Western to Indian, are hygienically washed.

    Q: If we have to pre-rinse the dishes before loading them, what’s the use of buying a dishwasher?

    A: You don’t have to pre-rinse the dishes. All you have to do is scrape off the leftovers from the dishes and load them in the dishwasher. Your IFB Dishwasher will do the rest.

    Q: Does a dishwasher have space for my kadhai, patila and other large utensils?

    A: With two baskets and cutlery tray, you can easily load your kadhais, pots, pans, plates, spoons, ladle, servers and glassware in an IFB Dishwasher.

    Q: Is a dishwasher suitable for stainless steel utensils used in Indian homes or aluminum and bronze dishes?

    A: An IFB Dishwasher is suitable for utensils such as stainless steel, glassware, bone china, microwaveable and dishwasher-safe plastics. Utensils like plastic casseroles, wood, and metal ones made of aluminum, copper, silver, gold and bronze should not be used in a dishwasher.

    Q: Do dishwashers completely fill with water when cleaning the dishes and how do they scrub the dishes?

    A: In an IFB Dishwasher, 360° powerful spray arms and shower sprays 70° Celsius hot water with high pressure to remove all the stubborn masala and oil stains, giving utensils a clean, hygienic wash without the need for scrubbing. This hands-free washing doesn’t affect and dry your hands like manual dishwashing.

    Q. Will it take a lot of time to wash dishes in a dishwasher?

    A: Loading a dishwasher takes only 5 minutes, and you are free to do other work while the dishwasher washes the utensils for you. On the other hand, it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour for washing utensils by hand.

    Q: What is the program duration in IFB dishwashers?

    A: IFB Dishwashers have a minimum time of 18 minutes in Jet Wash, 30 minutes for Quick Wash and a maximum of 183 minutes for Auto Intensive program.

    Q: Where do I place the dishwasher? It won’t fit in my kitchen!

    A: The dishwasher fits into any Indian kitchen, requiring only 60 cm wide space. You can also install it in your balcony. Dishwasher can be placed next to the kitchen platform, under the kitchen slab, utility area or balcony.

    Q: Will my electricity bill go up?

    A: A dishwasher is highly energy-efficient and uses only 1 unit of energy for each wash (power consumption depends on program selected, load and inlet water temp.

    Q: Will my water bill go up?

    A: An IFB Dishwasher is highly water-efficient and uses just 9 litres for a wash in Eco program.

    Q: Is it hygienic to wash baby bottles in it?

    A: Its 70°C temperature wash kills up to 99.9% germs and is suitable for hygienically cleaning baby bottles as well.

    Q: Can I use my normal detergent/liquid soap/handwash detergents in the dishwasher?

    A: Normal detergents are not meant be used in dishwasher as they can’t give desired results. Normal detergents cause very high foam and may lead to dishwasher malfunction. It is recommended to use IFB Essentials Autodish Dishwashing Detergent, Autodish Rinse Aid and Dishwashing Salt or Dishwasher Tablets, which are tested for Indian cooking conditions.

    Q: Where can I buy dishwasher detergent, salt and rinse aid?

    A: You can place an order on

    Q. The water hardness is more than 800 ppm. Will the dishwasher work?

    A: Dishwashers are meant to work below 800 ppm. A higher level of water hardness will leave white mineral/calcium spots on the utensils. You can install an external water softener with a dishwasher to get good results.

    Q: If there is a power failure, will the dishwasher need to be reloaded?

    A: IFB Dishwashers are programmed with an Auto Restart feature. This means that they resume their wash cycle from where they left off upon resumption of power.

    Q. Can I wash fewer utensils in the IFB Dishwasher?

    A: Yes. IFB Dishwashers have a Flexi Half Load option for fewer dishes, which allows you to load utensils in lower rack, middle rack or top cutlery tray.

    Q: What are the colours available in IFB Dishwasher?

    A: Dark Silver, Inox Grey White, Silver-Stainless Steel Finish options are available in IFB Dishwasher range.

    Q: What is the warranty on IFB Dishwasher?

    A: IFB Dishwashers come with 2 years comprehensive warranty.

    Q: Why doesn’t plasticware dry in dishwasher?

    A: Plastic items are more difficult to dry because they have a lower thermal mass than ceramic or metal items in the dish load, causing them to cool faster than the other items during the drying cycle.

    Q: What happens if I do not use Rinse Aid?

    A: Utensils do not dry and develop a lot of water stains/white marks on them.

    Q: Can a dishwasher clean burnt/charred milk or tea pans?

    A: Burnt or charred utensils need extra effort. Just scrub off the area on the dishes before loading in the dishwasher.

    Q: I am unable to load all the utensils in one go. Can I overload the dishwasher?

    A: No. Please do not overload your dishwasher as it may block the movement of spray arms and restrict water flow to the utensils. This will reduce washing efficiency of the dishwasher and may cause damage to spray arms. You can run two to three wash cycles in a day depending on number of meals.

    Q: Can I just put all utensils in the dishwasher randomly and start?

    A: No. Load the IFB Dishwasher as per given instructions for best wash results.

    Q: Do I need to clean the IFB Dishwasher or is there any maintenance involved?

    A: Yes. Once a week, take out the filter and clean under tap water.

    Q: How do I prevent odour in dishwasher?

    A: Dishwasher is self cleaning appliance; it doesn’t need to be cleaned like a sink. However, once a week or when required, clean the filter. You can also keep the dishwasher door partially open after use for the moisture to vanish.

    Q: What happens if I use normal kitchen salt in the dishwasher?

    A: Kitchen salt contains other impurities that may spoil the internal water softener. This will result in white patches/film on vessels after wash.

    Q: What is the purpose of the Tablet button on IFB Dishwasher?

    A: When you activate Tablet button, dishwasher deactivates the Salt and Rinse Aid consumption. Even if the Salt and Rinse Aid are filled, they will not be used during the wash cycle.

    Q: Can I use dishwasher for commercial purpose like hotel or restaurant?

    A: Domestic dishwashers are designed for home use only. IFB also manufactures Industrial Dishwashers meant for commercial purposes where dishwashing load is higher.

    Q: Why is foam on the bottom side of the dishwasher after completion of the program?

    A: It is because detergent or rinse aid quality is not good, wrong rinse aid setting chosen or excessive detergent used in the dishwasher. If the supply to your dishwasher is of soft water, please reduce the detergent dosage and rinse aid settings.

    Q: Why are water droplets present on dishes after using Quick Wash/Super Wash/Prewash?

    A: Quick Wash/Super Wash/Prewash and other programs with less than 1 hour wash cycles do not have drying cycle.  It is normal to see water droplets after using such short programs.

    Q: Is there any dishwasher that can wash dishes with normal handwashing detergent?

    A: No. One has to use the special dishwasher detergent, rinse aid and salt meant for dishwashers only.

    Q: Is there a dishwasher model which has space to accommodate all utensils in one go?

    A: Dishwasher sizes are mostly standard across all brands. IFB Neptune VX Plus and IFB Neptune SX1 are the largest dishwashers in India with up to 15 Place settings.

    Q: Why are my plastic vessels deformed after washing in a dishwasher?

    A: Those are non-heat-resistant plastic vessels and not meant to be washed in dishwashers. It is best to load dishwasher-safe utensils in it.

    Q: Do I need to soak tea/milk/rice bowls before loading in a dishwasher?

    A: If they extra sticky, it is good to soak them in water for a while to prevent stickiness and then load in the dishwasher. If the food has hardened or dried in the utensil, you can use prewash to moisten the dried food and clean them before washing. This will give the same effect as soaking the utensils.

    Top Reasons Why You Should Buy an IFB Dishwasher

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    Top Reasons Why You Should Buy an IFB Dishwasher

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore a changed world. Work from home is the new normal. Social distancing, health, hygiene and safety have become the utmost priority in everyone’s lives. Our productivity is being tested every hour as we try to create a balance between work deliverables and household chores. Entire families are home and eat-out options are reduced, which means increasing number of in house-meals. Subsequently, the huge and frequent pileup of utensils has led to frustration many times a day due to dishwashing. The absence of domestic help has further aggravated the stresses.

    The good news is, these problems can easily be resolved if you use a dishwasher. Not only does an IFB Dishwasher set you free of worries about health, hygiene and safety, it also gives you more time to focus on work and family.

    Here are top 10 reasons why you should buy an IFB Dishwasher for your family:

    IFB Dishwasher Offers Germ-free Hygienic Wash

    An IFB Dishwasher gives excellent hygiene and germ-free washing as utensils are cleaned at wash temperatures of up to 70°C and then steam dried, killing bacteria and germs and keeping you and your family safe.

    100% Safety and 24×7 Dishwashing Comfort with an IFB Dishwasher

    At a time when “social distancing” is the safest way to health and the support of domestic help is restricted, there is an additional load on you to wash the utensils. This headache can be easily removed with the help of a dishwasher without compromising on safety.

    IFB Dishwasher is Made for Indian Kitchens

    From sturdy kadhai to delicate crockery, IFB dishwashers such as Neptune SX1, Neptune VX Plus and Neptune VX can clean them all. Even the toughest of oil and masala stains disappear with a combination of hot wash, strong detergent and jet sprays.

    IFB Dishwasher Saves Time

    If you’re worried about your dishwashing chores in the morning, afternoon and evening more than you’re concerned about how to deliver work from home, a dishwasher is your perfect assistant. Just load the dishes and get them delivered clean in just 15 minutes – meaning more free time for your work deliverables and to spend with your family.

    IFB Dishwasher Saves Water

    An IFB dishwasher uses just 9 litres of water in Eco Mode as compared to around 75 litres wasted in handwashing. This is a great relief considering your water consumption has already gone up with all family members in the house.

    Dishwasher or Washing Dishes by Hand: Which is Better?

    IFB Dishwasher Saves Detergent

    When you handwash the utensils, you might end up using around 90 gm per load. The amount of detergent used by an IFB dishwasher is just 30 gm.

    No Harm to Hands with IFB Dishwasher

    If you are dishwashing 2-3 times a day, your hands will turn dry and rough in no time. The problem is even worse for people with sensitive skin. With hands-free cleaning, a dishwasher poses zero health hazards for your skin.

    IFB Dishwasher ensures Zero breakages

    Even the most delicate of your china gets a secure wash in an IFB dishwasher. Dishwashers have special placeholders to keep your precious crockery and glassware safe without the possibility of rubbing against each other and breaking.

    No Pre-Rinsing Needed in IFB Dishwasher

    Just scrape away the leftovers into the bin as you would do before hand washing, and load the utensils in the dishwasher. No pre-rinsing is required.

    Flexible Load option available in IFB Dishwasher

    Even when the house help comes, she isn’t available throughout the day. We quite often wash a few utensils now and then to avoid them from piling up in the kitchen. In an IFB dishwasher, you can simply choose a Flexi Half Load option for fewer dishes.

    Buying an IFB Dishwasher

    Forget about dishwashing chores and throw your hygiene worries away, only to focus on your work from home, enhancing your productivity and spending more time with your family. Explore the IFB range of automatic dishwashers here.

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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

    Dishwasher vs Hand washing: Which is Better?

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    Dishwasher vs Hand washing: Which is Better?

    Are you staring at a pile of dishes to be cleaned even as you worry about your deliverables during work from home?

    Do you gaze at your dry hands after you’ve washed a load of dishes without any help?

    Do you end up feeling broken when your favourite glass or crystalware breaks?

    Are you frequently giving dishes another wash after finding food leftovers stuck on them?

    If your answers to the above are a “Yes,” it is time you contemplate buying a dishwasher. As comfortable as we are with the concept of washing the dishes by hand, there are some distinct advantages and benefits of dishwasher over hand washing.

    Considering hygiene, time, cost, environmental impact, and wash quality which is better – dishwasher or hand washing? Take a look.

    Excellent Hygiene

    We live in a time when health and hygiene have taken top priority. A time when we need to ensure that every person entering our house is safe for our family. If you’re not confident about how hygienic a person doing your chores is, a dishwasher is a safer alternative. Combining zero touch with hot wash, steam drying and strong detergent, a dishwasher gives the most sanitised dishes ever, along with keeping your kitchen free of any transmission of germs.

    Less Time

    Your work from home, conference calls and presentations are piling up, only for you to realise that dishes need cleaning. Handwashing utensils used for meals in a normal household of four people takes at least 30 minutes. Add to this some time to air dry or wiping them off with a cloth. On the contrary, an IFB Dishwasher takes a total of 15 minutes from loading the dishes to unloading them, ready to use.

    Superior Washing

    While washing dishes by hand is possible only with water at room temperature, IFB dishwashers use hot water and wash temperatures of up to 70°C, which kills 99.99% germs and gives sparkling clean utensils without leaving any food sticking on them.

    Better Wash Quality

    Handwashing is usually done by a dish bar or liquid, and wash quality is by and large dependent on how rigorously you can scrub the dishes – a tedious task. A dishwasher removes these worries with the use of a strong detergent, hot water and steam drying. The result: flawless, hygienic dishes.

    Safe for Hands

    After around 30 minutes of your hands staying rinsed in water and detergent, you can visibly see the skin on your fingertips shrinking and folding. Doing dishes every day can remove the natural moisture and leave your hands dry. A dishwasher completely eliminates this problem with hands-free washing.

    Less Water Used

    Did you know that around 75 litres of water goes waste when dishes are done by hand? A kitchen tap remains open for around 15 minutes for a standard dish load and water flow rate is around 5 litres per minute. Compare that with only 9 litres of water consumed in the Eco Mode of an IFB dishwasher, and you end up saving the most precious natural resource on a daily basis.

    Less Detergent Used

    While there is no control over detergent usage when your house help does the dishes, you yourself might end up consuming as much as 90 grams on a single load. IFB dishwashers use only 30 grams per wash.

    Zero Breakages and Scratches

    A chipped bowl edge, a broken mug handle or a shattered glass – these are perhaps the most common sights during handwashing, especially when you’re pressed for time and hurrying to finish the chore and start with work. This problem becomes a good riddance when you use an IFB dishwasher such as Neptune SX1 IFB Dishwasher and Neptune VX Plus IFB Dishwasher . Special programs take care of your crockery without the fear of breakages or scratches. Placeholders are designed to keep the dishes perfectly secure without moving or touching each other.

    Spend Less

    A domestic help costs at least Rs. 1,000 a month for just doing the dishes. Multiply it with 7 years and you’ve spent Rs. 84,000 in total. A one-time investment on a dishwasher comes to around Rs. 35,000 and it will easily last 7-10 years. The math goes definitely in favour of the latter.

    Dishwasher vs. Hand washing – Conclusion

    The above benefits of a washing dishes by hand clearly outweigh our conventional inclination towards handwashing the utensils. As the world around us moves towards hygiene and technology enters every sphere of life, it is about time you make the shift from the tedious chore of washing dishes by hand to safe, easy dishwashing … and set yourself free!

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    Dishwasher Myths and Facts

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    Dishwasher Myths and 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 myths and questions surrounding dishwashers, especially when it comes to stains from Indian spices, masalas and oils.

    Read on and discover the dishwasher myths & facts for yourself.


    Dishwasher myth 1

    Myth: 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 1

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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 myth

    Myth: 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.


    Buying a dishwasher?

    If you are planning to buy a dishwasher, hopefully this blog answered any queries you may have had. Feel free to explore IFB’s range of Automatic Dishwashers here. You can also explore the range and see a product demo at an IFB Point, our exclusive store. Click here to access our Store Locator and head to the IFB Point closest to you.

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    What made these women want to own an IFB dishwasher?

    IFB appliances promises to make your life easier and reduce the hassle of daily chores.

    Watch how IFB changed these individuals™ mindsets with its premium range of dishwashers.

    Farida Khan, Mumbai

    I am very happy with my IFB dishwasher.

    Farida Khan mentions how difficult it is to get house help these days. Its a good thing she has her IFB dishwasher that doesn’t require her to be dependent on house help. Given her hectic schedule, learn how Faridas IFB dishwasher gives her complete freedom.

    Pooja Mehta, Baroda

    The washer is very convenient, easy to operate and its quick.

    Pooja Mehta™s IFB washing machine makes her life very convenient. She is thinking of getting an IFB dishwasher to make washing the dishes and easier task.

    Rita Franco, Goa

    I can save time.

    Rita Franco talks about the difficulties of washing utensils by hand. She mentions how and IFB dishwasher can help her dedicate some leisure time for herself.

    If you are looking for the same convenience and ease that an IFB dishwasher can give you, you too can purchase an IFB Dishwasher here:

    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.