Loading the dishwasher sounds simple. For most of us, it’s a daily activity that is almost as routine as brushing our teeth. But, are you loading your dishwasher the right way? Of course you are, right? Before you answer that question, consider these dishwasher loading tips.
Learning how to load a dishwasher is something we are taught at a very young age. Just like grandma’s famous apple pie recipe, dishwasher loading techniques tend to be passed down from generation to generation. We don’t just learn any way, we learn the right way, that is, according to what Mom or Dad tells us is the “right” way. We feel so firmly in these beliefs, in fact, that nearly half of all American couples admit to arguing about how to properly load the dishwasher.
So, who’s right when it comes to how to load a dishwasher? Read on for my answers to some of the most hotly-debated dishwasher questions.
How should I load my silverware?
Handles up, or handles down? Using safety as your guide, load knives point down for safety, while forks and spoons can be placed either handle up or down. For optimal cleaning, alternate between fork, spoon and knife as you load.
Where do I put odd-shaped cooking tools?
Measuring cups? Spatulas? Ramekins? Not a problem! A third rack, like those found in quality dishwashers from Bosch, is designed specifically for those odd-shaped items that just don’t fit properly anywhere else.
What about taller items?
Hand washing the baking sheet you used to roast your favorite vegetables can be cumbersome. Instead, I use the RackMatic feature in my Bosch dishwasher to adjust the height of the dishwasher racks. It’s perfect for cleaning large and somewhat clunky items like pots and pans.
Should I pre-rinse?
This is one of the most contested topics when it comes to loading the dishwasher. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Bosch in 2012, 61% of men and women fight over whether dishes should be pre-rinsed or not. Watch this video to learn the final verdict.