Properly Loading Your Dishwasher is the Key to Spotless Dishes

Fred's Appliance
May 28, 2014

If your plates, bowls, and utensils are emerging from your dishwasher still spotted with last nights dinner, you may be looking at a case of poorly loaded dishware. Fortunately, a quick rearrangement of your dishes should resolve this issue. To help, we’ve compiled a list of guidelines that will teach you the do’s and don’ts of a properly loaded dishwasher.

Top Rack

  • For starters, you should avoid overlapping any of the dishes you place on the top rack. When overlapping does occur, you are creating a situation where the spray won’t be able to reach certain parts of a bowl or utensil. Spreading the dishes out evenly is the easiest way to dodge this problem.

  • Situating cups, mugs, and glasses on the top rack is best. However, be sure to load them in-between the rack’s prongs; otherwise the tip of a prong will leave a water spot on the inside of your glass.

  • Wine glasses are very delicate, and if you choose to clean them in your dishwasher you must be extra careful while loading them. To effectively stop chipping, or shattering from taking place, do not allow the wine glass rest against any other item in the appliance.

  • Due to water puddling on the bottom of your up-side-down cups, it ‘s best to unload the bottom rack first.

  • You can definitely place those oddly shaped utensil on the top rack, but avoid stacking them on-top of each other. Once again, improperly stacking items will affect the sprays ability to reach them.

Items That Belong On The Top Rack

  • Glasses, cups, and mugs
  • Small Bowls
  • Saucepans
  • Mixing bowels
  • Large, oddly shaped spatulas or other cooking utensils

Bottom Rack

  • It’s all about location when it comes to the bottom rack. Before loading your dishes, you need to consider where the soap dispenser is located and where the spray arm sits. Loading large items in front or on-top of these areas may restrict the dispensing process.

  • For the most efficient cleaning, pots, pans, and casserole dishes should always be placed on an angle with the dirty side facing down.

  • Positioning large, flat platters along the sides of your dishwasher will stop the soap dispenser and spray arm from getting blocked.

  • While some handles of your forks, knives and spoons should be placed up, others should be down, to ensure all your utensils are adequately cleaned.

Items That Belong On The Bottom Rack

  • Pots, pans and casserole dishes
  • Plates, larger bowls
  • Flat pans and platters

If you’ve tried rearranging your dishes, but they’re still coming out dirty, you may be in need of dishwasher appliance repair. For our expert advice, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to inspect and fix your dishwasher.

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