The Best Way to Load Your Dishwasher

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Did you know that it matters how you load your dishwasher? Yes, it does. By loading it correctly you can prevent your dishes from breaking and it will keep your appliance clean.

Did you know that on average, dishwashers last around 12 years before you have to replace them? But it is the same as with other household appliances: When taking good care of it and treating it right, it can last a few years longer. One way to extend the lifespan of your dishwasher is by keeping the appliance clean. In a previous blog post, we explained why you should clean your dishwasher regularly and how to do it correctly.

Furthermore, it is also important to fix small problems, so they don’t turn into major troubles that are costly. In case your dishwasher needs the help of an expert, don’t hesitate to call us (+1 (289) 801-7857 or +1 (888) 513-0052) or schedule an appointment online.

Another way to keep your dishwasher clean and working properly is to load it correctly. By doing that you will also make sure that your dishes and glasses won’t break during the wash cycle. Find out how to load your dishwasher by reading the tips from our Maydone experts.

Bottom Rack: Plates, Platters, and Pans

You have probably figured out already that the slots in the bottom are just perfect for your plates. Put them in a direction where they face the water sprays, which is usually in the center of the dishwasher. Make sure that they lean inwards and downward in case they lean, as the water is being spayed from down and outward from the top.

Pans and platters should be placed on the sides of the bottom rack or in the back. If you place them in the front they’ll stop the detergent from reaching all the other dishes.

The Top Rack is for Bowls, Glasses, Cups, and Tupperware

Since the water and the detergent are coming from the bottom, you should make sure that cups, glasses and bowl face that side when you put them into the top rack. Be careful when it comes to wine glasses and make sure they can’t bump against each other.

Tupperware should always be placed in the top rack as it could otherwise fall into the heating element and melt.

Cutlery Basket

Put the cutlery into the basket with the handle down. Try to mix it up as much as possible to avoid nesting. Additionally, you should leave some space between the cutlery. Don’t load the basket with long cutlery as they could block the water spray. These should rather be laid into the upper rack.

General Dishwasher Rules

It’s not only important to load your dishwasher correctly but also that you don’t overload it. If you have an older appliance you want to make sure to rinse your dishes before putting them in. Furthermore, don’t use too much dishwasher detergent.

Things that Shouldn’t Go into the Dishwasher

Not all dishes are made for the dishwasher. Here is a quick list of things that you’ll have to wash in the sink:

  • wood handled or wood utensils
  • non-stick pans
  • anything that contains bronze
  • china with gold leaf
  • sharp knives
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