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How to Load Your Dishwasher the Right Way

Most of us were well-equipped by our mothers and grandmothers for the fundamentals of home-keeping, and the information they gave us was valuable and relevant. However, times change, and so does technology. The dishwashers of old are vastly different from the dishwashers of today.

Here is how to load the smart appliances we own today.

Top rack

The top rack is best for drinking glasses, mugs and bowls. Anything glass or plastic should go here as well as items that could be sensitive to the high temperatures on the bottom.

The tines built into the dishwasher racks are not intended to be anchors but dividers. Do not rest dishes over the tines. Instead, position glasses in next to the tines and bowls in between, facing downward.

Bottom rack

The bottom rack is best for large items such as: dinner plates, casserole dishes, pots and pans, and serving platters. Place large, flat items like cookie sheets and platters toward the back so that do not block the water spray from the other dishes. Load plates together by size, with the food side facing inward, toward the spray.

Silverware bucket

Group like pieces together to save sorting time when unloading. Place some spoons pointing upward and others pointing downward to prevent nesting. Always load knives handle up for safety.

Do not put these items in your dishwasher:

  • Wooden cutting boards – They can warp and crack. Wash with hot, soapy water instead.
  • Cast-iron cookware – They can rust. Scrub with soapy water and wipe dry. Then lightly coat with cooking oil and heat on the stove until dry.
  • Hard-anodized aluminum – Can discolor. Instead, scrub with hot, soapy water, avoiding harsh detergents, with non-abrasive sponges.
  • Copper or bronze cookware – Can dent. Instead, smear a thin layer of ketchup over tarnished surfaces, let sit for five minutes, then rinse.
  • Sharp knives – Can dull. Instead, hand wash with the blade facing downward. Wipe dry.

 Note: Clean dishes signal to your machine to shorten its cycle, reducing performance. Instead of rinsing, scrape away large pieces of food, particularly spinach, egg, yogurt and pasta. Place them neatly in the racks and let the machine do the work. 


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Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

My name is Jennifer Snyder CPO, Chief Executive Organizer of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts, a Waco-based company of Professional Organizers that is not only focused on organizing the clutter in your home or office but also clutter of the heart and mind. 

I am happy that you are taking an interest in the benefits of getting your home and life organized.  Living an organized life is for everyone!

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