Tips on Loading Your Dishwasher for Best Results
Make sure your GE dishwasher is loaded properly to ensure clean dishes every time. When you follow these tips, not only are your dishes more likely to come out clean, but because you won’t have to rewash dishes, you’ll save water, time, energy, and most importantly your hard-earned money.
There isn’t just one correct way to load a dishwasher, but there are many wrong ways to load one, which can lead to dishes only getting halfway cleaned (or not at all). Wasted water, wasted energy and wasted time because of a dishwasher that isn’t loaded correctly is the last thing any of us want; this guide will help you learn more about how to appropriately load your dishwasher for sparkling clean dishes.
What Goes in the Dishwasher’s Top Rack?
When loading the top rack, make sure that each dish can be evenly sprayed by the wash arm. When stacking bowls, some people tend to overlap them towards the top, which makes it hard for the water to spray between the dishes. Also, stacking multiple utensils on top of each other makes it hard for the water to drain between each utensil.
Common things that can be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher are:
- Glasses, cups, and saucers
- Dishwasher-safe plastics
- Odd-shaped utensils
- Saucepans, mixing bowls, and similar items (all face-down)
- Wineglasses (only if they are able to fit without hitting the roof of the dishwasher)
What Goes in the Dishwasher’s Lower Rack?
When loading the lower rack, think about the location of the detergent dispenser, spray arms and water jets. You want the water and detergent to circulate properly during the wash cycle, so it’s important that the spray arms can circulate fully and the dispenser is not blocked by a large item. Newer models no longer require that the dirty sides of your dishes and dinnerware face to center, the latest water jet systems work great when all of the dishes face in the same direction.
Items that can be placed in the bottom rack include:
- Saucers and cookware
- Large items (should go along the sides)
- Large platters, pots and bowls (on the sides, in the corners or in the back)
How to Load the Dishwasher’s Silverware Basket
Today’s silverware baskets no longer require you to mix your utensils to prevent your spoons from, well, spooning. The traditional sections of the baskets come with cell covers which space your forks, spoons and knives so that each piece comes out clean and table ready. There are still open pockets which are great spaces for loading small items like lids and measuring spoons.