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Loading a dishwasher seems like a straightforward task, right? But there actually is an art to it that will help you achieve the most sparkling clean dishes. Proper loading not only improves cleaning but also helps you maximize your dishwasher’s capacity. It’s time to say goodbye to the hassle of re-washing all the dishes, here’s how:

Scrape, Don’t Rinse

Before loading, scrape off excess food from your dishes. Don’t rinse as most dishwashers have a sensor that detects how dirty the dishes are.

Top Rack for Drinkware and Glassware

Place your glasses, cups, and delicate items on the top rack. Angle them slightly to prevent water from collecting in the bottoms.

Bottom Rack for Most Dishware

The bottom rack is ideal for plates and bowls. Larger items should face the center with smaller ones towards the sides. Don’t overcrowd!

Cutlery Tray Organization

Arrange cutlery with handles down for safety and to allow the water to reach every piece. Use the compartments and keep forks with forks, and spoons with spoons.

Dishwasher-safe Plastic on the Top

Place plastic containers, lids, and reusable lunch containers on the top rack. They’ll benefit from the cooler and gentler upper spray.

Pots and Pans on the Bottom

Larger pots and pans should go on the sides of the bottom rack, facing down. Angle them to ensure water reaches every nook and cranny.

Give Spray Arms the VIP Treatment

Ensure that nothing is blocking the spray arms – this is essential for even water distribution.

Never Overlap

Avoid overlapping dishes or allowing them to nest together too tightly. Water needs to circulate freely for effective cleaning.

Special Parts

If you have unusual items like blender parts, measuring cups, or odd-shaped utensils, place them strategically in the top rack or any available space without impeding the water flow.

Always Check the Spin

Ensure that the dishwasher’s spinning arms can move freely. This is crucial for an efficient wash cycle.

Need help convincing your roommates, partner or kids that there’s a right and wrong way to load a dishwasher? Invite them to watch this Consumer Reports video on how to properly load the dishwasher.


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