How to Load a Dishwasher (Part 2)

The dishwasher detergent can make as much difference as to how much pre-rinsing you have to do as the dishwasher, and it’s the easier thing to replace. Read reviews or simply try other brands when you run out to find one that works best for you.

Insert the plates into the slots in the bottom section of the dishwasher.

  • Face them toward the center and, if they lean at all, lean them inwards and downwards. This is because the tubes, jets and rotating devices spray water outward from the center; down and outward from the top; and, up and outward from the bottom of the dishwasher.
  • Try to keep all surfaces separated and accessible to the stream of water from the sprayers.

Place the cups, glasses, and bowls in the top section of the dishwasher. Stack the bowls neatly on an incline, so that the washing solution can reach inside the bowl and so that they will drain.

Place Tupperware and other plastic items on the top rack.Because the heating element in most dishwashers is on the bottom, placing plastic items in the bottom rack could cause them to melt or warp.

Place the various pots and pans open-side down in the bottom section of the dishwasher.

  • Do not crowd or overload the dishwasher.
  • If necessary, hand wash large items or run the dishwasher a second time.

Load the cutlery basket.

  • Place knives, forks and spoons in the cutlery basket, handle down. Warning: Sharp knives placed upright in the cutlery basket may be a hazard. Consider placing utensils point down into the cutlery basket or laying these items in the upper basket.

Distribute the cutlery loosely, and position the soiled surfaces of the spoons and forks apart so that the water can reach them.

Long pieces of cutlery can block the spray from tubes, nozzles and rotating devices. These items should be laid down in the upper basket.

Teaspoons should be put into a special spoon compartment if available.
Lay larger serving utensils in the top section of the dishwasher. Arrange serving spoons with the bowl facing down so that water does not collect in them.

  • Do not wash good cooking knives in the dishwasher. Sharp knives are often dulled by the washing cycle by rubbing against other items. There is an exception to this rule. Sharp cooking knives can be loaded: If the dishwasher has a rack that holds and separates the knives; and, if the knives do not have laminated handles (bone, wood, plastic or composite). Wash good knives by hand, especially if those having wooden or laminated handles.

Mix up different kinds of utensils in the utensil baskets to prevent several of the same item from nesting in one another and blocking the water.
Place cutting boards on the very outside of the bottom section of the dishwasher if they will not fit in the slots designated for plates. It may be better to just hand wash your cutting boards though as the heat form the dishwasher often warps cutting boards.