I don’t know what I expected. Certainly, a dishwasher wasn’t my top priority when I began to think about a new kitchen. Maybe the novelty will wear off, but at the moment I am loving it. Super clean glass jars; MasterB’s Catcher cleaner than it has been since I bought it; gleaming saucepan lids; the rotation of plates, mugs, glasses; the full size cafetière that I hardly ever use these days is living in the dishwasher in the hope that the ingrained coffee stains will lessen and it can be passed onto a charity shop.
Celia came round to help and advise me the first time I used the dishwasher. She was completely au fait with the vocabulary which had left me adrift. I had been to the shop and bought the tablets, the freshener and the rinse aid. How to use them was a mystery.
According to the instruction manual, I needed to set the level of the water hardness before the first wash. London is an area of very hard water. But although I followed the instructions to the letter, I got no nearer setting the machine to deal with hard water. If you work for AEG, do get in touch.
There’s a programme that lasts just 30 minutes, which is pretty handy. It washes and rinses, but doesn’t dry. However, after a few minutes the remaining water has evaporated and minimal tea towel action is required.
I’ve even learned to call it a dishwasher and not a washing up machine. This might be Love.