Loading the Dishwasher
The dishwasher – we love it, hate it, and can’t live without it. Well we can, but it’s pretty darn convenient! But everyone loads it their own way, and insists their way is right. Or has no clue about how to load it in the first place, and just hopes for the best. Well everyone, today is your lucky day. While not a glamorous topic, I’m here to settle those loading arguments and show you how to load a dishwasher – the right way!
If you read my March Updates and April Goals post from last week, then you know I’ve been planning on starting this Adulting series this month! Well it’s finally here! This is the first in the series, so be sure to let me know your thoughts. If you enjoy it, be sure to check out my other Adulting series posts!
If you live with roommates, even permanent ones like your spouse, then you know doing the dishes can be a frequent source of frustration. Thankfully we have a dishwasher, which helps relieve this frustration. I’m one of those people who seem to be amazing loading a dishwasher – I can fit so many dishes into it that you wouldn’t think it possible. Unfortunately, other people in the household aren’t as great *cough my fiancé cough*. While he insists bowls go on the top rack, I insist they don’t.
Long story short, we’ve had a few discussions about how to load the dishwasher. Now I’m here to tell you how to load it properly! So let’s get to it!
Plastics (Tupperware/plastic containers, plastic cups, etc.)
Tall utensils (long spatulas that can’t stand upright in the utensil holder on bottom rack)
Pots/pans (not nonstick – those need to be hand-washed)
Non-stick pots and pans (will lose it’s non-stick)
Any cups/plates/dishes that say hand-wash only (check the bottom of the dish in question. It will usually say.)
Anything cast-iron (will lose it’s seasoning)
Anything copper, bronze, pewter (will tarnish)
When loading the bottom rack – keep bowls, pots/pans and large dishes around the outside. This will prevent the spray from being blocked.
Alternate which way the tines of utensils are being placed in utensil holder – you can’t have you spoons and forks spooning, so be sure to place some with the spoon/for tines down and others up. Make sure to place knives sharp ends down for safety!
If you have a large bowl, but need to fit multiple dishes that are used more frequently – hand-wash the bowl and load the dishes.
Those little bits of rack that stick up make slots – only place one dish per dish slot.
Load plates so that they face inwards – this will allow the spray to clean them.
Wash Cycles Explained:
Rinse Only: What it says – used for rinsing dishes to prevent stuck-on food and odor. Will have to run a normal wash load once dishwasher is full.
Quick: For small loads or barely dirty dishes.
Normal: For normal dirty dishes – days-old dishes to be washed.
Heavy: Like a normal wash, just a 5 degrees hotter. Good for dishes with dried-on food.
High-temp: Like a normal wash, just 10 degrees hotter. Good for greasy dishes.
Sanitize: Longer and hotter than regular wash. For killing germs.
Air Dry: No heated dry cycle, doesn’t save time but saves electricity.
Normal Dry: Heated dry cycle. Quicker than air-drying, but may still leave some water.
Super/Extra Dry: Same as normal dry, just more drying time to ensure dry dishes.
And that does it! Enjoyed the post? Be sure to check out the others in the Adulting series!
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