How you’re loading the dishwasher all wrong

couple loading dishwasher together in kitchen

It’s recently been found that loading the dishwasher is just one of many matters of debate for the average household, and as we’ve covered the manufacturer’s efforts to overcome domestic dishwasher disputes, we thought that we’d do our bit by finally answering the age old question of how, exactly, you should be loading your dishwasher.


Loading a dishwasher the right way: The Do’s

Some general dishwasher loading (and unloading) tips

  1. Always ensure that the items that you load into the dishwasher are dishwasher safe; this ensures that there are no chips, breakages or plastic items that simply can’t cope with the heat.
  2. Plates should always, always be stacked by size and should all face the same way so that the water can reach each of them.
  3. Scrape off any large food parts before loading the dishwasher… not doing so can result in all manner of blockages and, in turn, a whole range of nasty smells!
  4. When unloading the dishwasher (yes, there are rules for unloading, as well as loading!) you should empty the bottom drawer first. This ensures that you avoid any last drips from the items above.
  5. Many also debate the optimal temperature for super shiny plates. So what is the best temperature? Well it seems that researchers have solved this domestic debate also, and found the optimal temperature to be 60 degrees.


What goes where? Some item specific locations

  1. Bowls should always be placed at the front of the top drawer, ensuring that each are at a slight angle.
  2. Any large kitchen utensils (such as spatulas, large spoons and mashers) should all be laid down flat in the top drawer.
  3. Place any dishwasher-safe plastics on the top drawer to ensure that they don’t warp.
  4. Cutlery should always, always go in the provided basket (which should never be overfilled).
  5. Glasses should be positioned so that they aren’t rubbing up against each other, as this can result in chips and breakages.


How NOT to load the dishwasher: A few tips

  1. Don’t overfill your dishwasher: for example stacking plates upon plates and bowls upon bowls.
  2. Don’t just chuck in your items any old way… this can be a sure-fire way of ending up with chipped and broken items as well as items that aren’t clean at the end of the cycle (and of course, those remaining traces of food are baked on by the drying cycle and now need to be removed with a pickaxe).
  3. Never ever put either crystal glasses, or cast iron ceramics, into your dishwasher… these are not dishwasher safe and can be easily damaged.


Let’s get serious and talk about user safety

Amongst the more light hearted of dishwasher debates is the rather more serious topic of user safety. Many underestimate the dishwasher as potentially being dangerous, however with the door and a drawers left open, and an array of upward-facing knives, a slip or trip could cause serious injury. So be sure to stack as you should and try not to leave the dishwasher door and draws open for any longer than necessary.


Ready to try your hand at stacking a virtual dishwasher?

Who would have thought that dishwasher stacking could be so much fun that games developers have made it into a whole online experience? Well they have, so if you fancy testing out your newly-improved technique in a safe an controlled environment before tackling the real thing you can do so right here.



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