In addition to being a common topic of household arguments, it’s one of the most frequently asked questions at the popular Clean My Space housecleaning sites: What is the best way to load a dishwasher?
Before loading, ensure that you have detergent that is safe and effective for your model of dishwasher. It’s also a good idea not to stock up more than two months’ worth at a time — according to Good Housekeeping, detergent will deteriorate over time.
To pre-rinse or not to pre-rinse… that is the question that probably sparks the most arguments between primary dishwashers in a home. The answer depends entirely upon your mess and your schedule: dishes that are oily or will be sitting in the washer for a while should probably be pre-rinsed. Additionally, if your dishwasher is less effective than you’d like, you should probably help it out with a pre-rinse.
Load the bottom rack with plates and bowls and dishwasher-safe pots and pans, working with the tines to maximize space. Put flatware in its basket, ensuring that sharp knives point downward; if there are no separators, load carefully to prevent flatware (especially spoons) from nesting.
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