When my children help me load the dishwasher I always find myself re-arranging the dishes they put in…..Did they see where the cups go when they took the clean dishes out? Do they put them in the “wrong” spot so I won’t ask them to load it again? Is there way right or is my way right?
Every time I go to someones home for dinner, I see a different way to load the dishes…..Is there a wrong way and a right way, or is there really more than one way to skin a cat?
I decided to do a little reasearch and I found that as long as you follow a few simple rules, it is OK if the arrangement varies.
- Everything loaded in the dishwasher should always face the middle because most dishwashers have the water spray from the center out.
- Never cover the soap dispenser door… avoid blocking this area to ensure the soap will be dispersed correctly.
- Load large items at the sides and back of the dishwasher.
- The top rack is best for glasses, mugs, cups, small bowls, plastic and delicate items that are more fragile but dishwasher safe. Glasses should be placed upside down in between the tines, not over them. (They’re less secure when placed over the tines, increasing the risk of damage….plus, the tines can cause food and water to get trapped inside. Place any utensils that will not fit properly in the silverware basket on the floor of the top rack.
- The bottom rack is best for pans, baking dishes, oversize bowls, and plates. All items should face down and toward the center sprayer.
- Load silverware with handles down (sharp knives can be loaded with handles to avoid injury) Be sure to mix spoons, forks, and knives to prevent them from sticking together.