How to Load a Dishwasher

Ever wonder if there’s a best way to load the dishwasher?

You’re not alone.

We’re not saying there’s an absolute right way to do it – like most things, there are lots of options. We just thought you might be interested in some tips that’ll keep your dishes sparkling – and maybe prevent some re-loading, too.

  • If your dishwasher was made in the last 10 years, you don’t need to rinse the dishes before loading them. Just scrape the food off gently. You’ll save time and water.
  • Don’t overload the washer! Make sure the dirty part of every dish has access to the sprayer arm. Give them some space!
  • Knives and forks get cleaner if they are loaded heads up, but it is safer to load them head down.
  • Mix spoons with forks, otherwise they will nest. (Remember what we said about space!) Dishes along the backs and sides should face the center.
  • Don’t put glassware on the bottom. The water pressure on the bottom is higher, which can break glass or melt plastic.
  • Load glasses and mugs upside down.
  • Empty the bottom rack first so water from the glasses up top doesn’t drip on the dry dishes below. (You knew that one already, right?)

Happy loading!



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