How to Get Optimal Use Out of Your Dishwasher

Posted by Haley Waple on 8/2/2017 to Appliance Maintenance
How to Get Optimal Use Out of Your Dishwasher

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 the dishwasher

è Wooden utensils and non-dishwasher safe plastic, iron, pewter or bronze utensils

è Hand wash your knives for safety purposes

è Glass ware such as wine glasses  can potentially crack and break

Remember to always pre-rinse your dishes and utensils.

è 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

è 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

è Don’t over stack your dishes blocking your spray arm because then they won’t be washed

 Loading the Bottom Rack

è Remember to angle down your pots, pans, and serving trays for optimal cleaning

è 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.

è Large items like pots, baking sheets, frying pans should be strategically placed around the outer edge of the dishwasher.

è Plates go in the lower dishrack all facing the center towards the spray arm with the large and small plates alternated

è 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

è 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.

è ALWAYS isolate your stainless steel and silver flatware. A chemical reaction can occur in the dishwasher and your silver can potentially pit.

Loading the Top Rack

è 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.

è Smaller bowls go on the top rack faced down at an angle so they don’t fill with water

è Angle your cups to keep water from filling up on the base of the cup. 

è Arrange wine glasses carefully so they don’t crack and become damaged. You may just hand wash these instead

è Any large and long utensils that don’t fit in the silverware basket, can be placed in the top dishrack laid on its side

è dishwasher safe plastic (tupperware) also is loaded in the top dishrack


è Remember less is more!

è Powders, liquids, and packets can all clean well. But the detergent has to be fresh or it won’t get the job done.

è Never use regular dish soap unless you plan on having a bubble bath on your kitchen floor!

Silverware Basket

è Knives should be faced down for safety purposes or you may hand wash them

è 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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