Loading the dishwasher is one of those chores that you just have to do. But did you know there’s a way to get the maximum efficiency for each load? Just a few basic tips will enhance your appliance’s performance. Here’s how to load a dishwasher for maximum efficiency.

“If your mom asks you to do the dishes, do not pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you're not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist - well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas.” - Lindsey Stirling

Plates on Bottom, Cups on Top

How to properly load a dishwasher
Here's a great view of what it should look like. Source: Today

We all know this, but it’s good to set some ground rules first. It’s good to know how to load a dishwasher with pots and pans. And those go straight to the bottom. This allows the spray to hit all the items at once.

The following items should be placed on the bottom rack:

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Trays
  • Silverware

The following items should be placed on the top rack:

  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Fragile items
  • Glassware

Tall to Small

Forks, knives, all silverware goes on the bottom.
Larger plateware goes on the bottom. Source: Today

Ensure that everything gets cleaned by arranging the plates from tallest on the right to shortest on the left. If possible, try to lean everything in towards the center so that the bottom rack projects more water to the top rack. This may sound like the basic 101: how to use a dishwasher for dummies, but it’s just good to go over the basics every now and then.

Only Run When Full

Here's what it looks like when you're done
And the finished product. A perfectly loaded dishwasher. Source: Mike I am Ele

To make the most out of your appliance, only run it when it’s completely full. This is both energy efficient and water efficient. If you’re having trouble remembering when it’s clean or dirty, just buy a little “clean/dirty” reversible magnet. Then you can run that dishwasher under maximum efficiency.

That’s it for our dishwashing tips. If you’re interested in purchasing a dishwasher be sure to have a pro install it for you. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest kitchen trends.

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