Our tip for you is to put aluminum in the machine. And here’s why. Have you ever experienced this? After the rinse cycle, your dishes are free of food residues and co. and look clean, but small unsightly rust spots appear? That is annoying and keeps you from playing Bet22. This so-called “flash rust” can adhere to metal cutlery during the wash cycle and lead to reddish-brown spots. Most often, flash rust is caused by rusty spots on the cutlery basket or screws in the dishwasher. Pots and pans that are cleaned in the dishwasher are also possible culprits. This trick will help if you notice rust on forks, knives or spoons.


You can fight rust with the help of aluminum foil! To do this, simply place some foil in the cutlery tray or attach some of it to it. To do this, roll the aluminum foil into a ball about 3 to 4 cm in diameter and place the ball in the cutlery basket. You can also cut the foil into long strips and place them over the edges of the cutlery basket. For both tricks, it is very important that the shiny side of the foil faces outward. Now start the machine normally and be amazed. This is because the aluminum foil works like a magnet, attracting the flash rust that would otherwise stick to the cutlery.

Rust in the dishwasher: This also helps against it

If you often have to deal with rusty dishes, you can also add a squeeze of lemon juice to the dishwasher. The juice also works against rust. In addition, it is always important to dry the cutlery well after the wash cycle and remove it from the machine immediately. In this way, you prevent rust.

If the cutlery still comes out of the dishwasher stained, raw potatoes can help as a home remedy. To do this, cut a potato and put the affected cutlery in the potato for about an hour. Then rinse with water and polish. The stains are gone!

Cola also has a rust-dissolving effect. Place the affected cutlery in a cola bath for a few hours. The phosphoric acid contained in it dissolves the rust. For cutlery with handles made of plastic or other materials, make absolutely sure that only the metal part of the cutlery is in the cola. The acid could otherwise damage the material. 

Baking soda and baking powder have also proven useful in the fight against rust. Mix the two in a 1:1 ratio and add a little water. Now mix everything nicely until you get a creamy paste. Coat the affected cutlery with it and let it sit for a few hours. Now rinse with clean water, rub the rust away with a cloth, dry and you’re done.

Our tip: There is also a rust magnet that you can simply place in the dishwasher. This attracts the rust so that it does not stick to the cutlery.


“Washing up with a machine requires on average 50 percent less water and 28 percent less energy than washing up by hand,” is the result of a comparative study by the University of Bonn involving 200 households in Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK. However, the study was funded by four household appliance and dishwashing detergent manufacturers.

In addition to energy, the dishwasher also saves time, provided the dishes are not pre-rinsed and they come out of the machine clean and dry. Although we use it daily we know so little about this very helpful machine.