Loading the dishwasher is like a game of Tetris, but there
is a way to excel at this game and always come out winning! How you load your
dishwasher could mean the difference between pristine dishes or cracked glasses
and dirty plates. Follow these tips and tricks so your dishwasher operates
efficiently and your dishes become squeaky clean.
What not to put in
Wooden utensils and non-dishwasher safe plastic,
iron, pewter or bronze utensils
Hand wash your knives for safety purposes
Glass ware such as wine glasses can potentially crack and break
Remember to always
pre-rinse your dishes and utensils.
You could own the most expensive luxurious
dishwasher, but guess what, you still need to wash off the food off of your
utensils and dishes
Small plastics like tupperware tops can fall
through the cracks on the upper and lower racks and into the heating element
and melt…make sure these are secure or you hand wash them thoroughly
Don’t over stack your dishes blocking your spray
arm because then they won’t be washed
Loading the Bottom Rack
Remember to angle down your pots, pans, and serving
trays for optimal cleaning
Flat pans should be lined up on the side of the
lower dishrack. Placing these in front by the door restricts the detergent from
cleaning the dishes behind it.
Large items like pots, baking sheets, frying
pans should be strategically placed around the outer edge of the dishwasher.
Plates go in the lower dishrack all facing the
center towards the spray arm with the large and small plates alternated
Small utensils (with long handles) that don’t
fit in your silverware basket can potentially slip through the cracks and into
the heating element and restrict the spray arm from spinning
Don’t over stack utensils. You know the phrase
“spooning” where the spoons are just too close to each other, well it doesn’t
end well. Alternate the utensils are some facing out of the silverware basket
and have others facing down.
ALWAYS isolate your stainless steel and silver
flatware. A chemical reaction can occur in the dishwasher and your silver can
Loading the Top Rack
Glasses, mugs, and anything you drink out of
should be placed in-between the tines not on top of them. Also, make sure they
are not rubbing up against each other so they don’t break.
Smaller bowls go on the top rack faced down at
an angle so they don’t fill with water
Angle your cups to keep water from filling up on
the base of the cup.
Arrange wine glasses carefully so they don’t
crack and become damaged. You may just hand wash these instead
Any large and long utensils that don’t fit in
the silverware basket, can be placed in the top dishrack laid on its side
dishwasher safe plastic (tupperware) also is
loaded in the top dishrack
Remember less is more!
Powders, liquids, and packets can all clean
well. But the detergent has to be fresh or it won’t get the job done.
Never use regular dish soap unless you plan on
having a bubble bath on your kitchen floor!
Knives should be faced down for safety purposes
or you may hand wash them
Forks, spoons, and other utensils can be
staggered and some face up some faced down. Make sure they are not nesting up
against each other
Have any tips and tricks for organizing your dishwasher? Let
us know in the comments below!
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