How to Load the Dishwasher the Right Way

Proper Cleaning is all about Loading the Dishwasher Correctly

Today's dishwashers truly are marvels of appliance engineering. They clean dishes, kill bacteria, and run more efficiently than ever. Unfortunately, no dishwasher has been invented that can overcome improper loading. If you don't load the dishwasher correctly, you'll see remnants of food stuck to your dishes, which is not only gross, but you'll be washing your dishes again by hand. At Reno's Appliance, we’re dishwasher experts and wanted to offer these tips on how to load the dishwasher the right way so they come out as clean as possible.

Top Rack Tips

  1. Use the top rack for concave items such as bowls, mugs, and glasses, as well as large silverware and utensils.
  2. Don't place bowls facing the same direction. Put bowls in the back facing forward and put the ones in front facing backward to allow for better water penetration.
  3. Be sure to place glasses and mugs between the tines, rather than on them.
  4. Place dishwasher-safe plastics on the top rack only. They could warp if placed on the bottom rack.
  5. Lay large silverware items and utensils horizontally.
  6. Make sure that long-handled utensils, like ladles, are secure in their places so they don't fall through the rack and block the spray arm.

Bottom Rack Basics

  1. Reserve the bottom rack for small utensils and larger items including plates, platters, pots, and pans.
  2. Arrange your plates and platters vertically.
  3. Place dishwasher-safe cutting boards along the perimeter of the bottom rack so they don't block the water spray.
  4. Load forks and spoons in the utensil basket with the handles facing down. Knives, however, should be loaded facing down so you don't risk cutting yourself when pulling them out.
  5. Mix up your cutlery to prevent them from "nesting" together, which could prevent an optimal wash.
  6. Place the various pots and pans open-side down in the bottom section of the dishwasher. 

Overall Advice

  1. Aside from knowing what goes where in your dishwasher, you should also follow these best practices when you load the dishwasher.
  2. Avoid overfilling the dishwasher. Filling the dishwasher too much can prevent dishes from getting clean, and you'll wind up having to wash them again. It's better to give each dish the space it needs.
  3. But don't underfill either. A partially filled dishwasher is a waste of resources and puts wear and tear on your dishwasher. It's best to wash smaller loads by hand or wait to wash your dishes until you have a full load.
  4. Don't worry about pre-rinsing your dishes. This is one of the big dishwasher myths out there. Today's dishwashers are amazing at removing food residue so there's no need to prewash dishes.
  5. Do scrape away large pieces of any leftover food. While pre-rinsing isn't necessary, you should remove large chunks of food in order to avoid dishwasher disasters.
  6. Know what not to load. Certain items should never put in the dishwasher. Avoid putting in anything made of brass, copper, bronze, wood, or cast iron into your dishwasher. And if you've got any vintage bowls, plates, or fine crystal, then keep them out of the dishwasher as well. The heat and detergents can cause chips or strip away hand-painted details.

If you are in need of a new dishwasher, then stop by Reno's Appliance to check out their extensive inventory of dishwashers from manufacturers that are known for dependability and durability including Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. 

Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.