Translated for you: how to properly load the dishwasher

Translated for you: how to properly load the dishwasher

The dishwasher is a very convenient tool, but to make the most of it it must be loaded correctly: follow our tips for shiny dishes.

The original article “How to Load a Dishwasher: A Definitive Guide” by Caroline Mullen appears on Food52. A useful guide to properly load the dishwasher and understand what to avoid: we have translated it for you.

Yes, there is the right way to load the dishwasher and anyone who claims otherwise must have been completely lost. We take the cleaning of our dishes very seriously, both personally and in the kitchen of Food52, so much so that Amanda has equipped herself with a poster on cleaning dishes and we also made a video on the various ways to fill a dishwasher.

What never to put in the dishwasher

But let’s proceed in order. Here ‘s what you should never put in the dishwasher :

  • Wooden utensils and cutting boards . You can be sure they will warp! Or, even worse, they will break.
  • Cast iron , but you already knew this. Coarse salt, always.
  • Thermal takeaway cups . Most of them have a special seal between the inside and the outside, which can be damaged if you put the cup in the dishwasher.
  • Other metals that can deteriorate, such as copper .
  • Expensive knives that could warp – it’s always best to hand wash the best knives in your collection. Carbon steel will rust and any knife will become dull due to the power of the dishwasher.

The golden rules

This information may seem obvious to you, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry – we’ve seen (and heard) breaking all these rules at one time or another. There are several options for prewash.the type of dishwasher must be considered for the prewashAmanda states: “ Don’t be lazy, rinse everything off before loading! ”And Merrill asks:“ What’s the point of having a dishwasher if I have to wash the dishes first?“It should also be considered what type of dishwasher you have – newer models recommend avoiding a prewash so the dishwasher can sense how much dirt there is to remove, while older models might benefit from the help of the prewash. Personally, I always prefer to pre-wash, because I’ve never had a dishwasher that can handle the almond butter-coated spoons circulating around my house. Also, there’s something wrong with not trying to at least scrape off some extra filth. Regardless of your beliefs about dishwashing, here are our five tips for maximum washing efficiency :


  1. Load the dishes starting from the back : this is to reduce the breakage of glasses and delicate containers as there is less possibility of stacking things together as you load.
  2. Load Face Down : I can never stress enough the importance of this factor – your dishes will never clean if the dirtiest part is left face up. In most dishwashers, the water comes from the bottom and sprays upwards, so this is a strict rule.
  3. Group the cutlery, face up : the same rule applies as with the plates – the parts with the cake attached will not clean if there is not enough room for water. If you put them face up in the special basket they will have plenty of time for an ideal soak and then to remove the Alfredo sauce from your forks. Also, grouping them will make it easier to remove them from the dishwasher and put them down.
  4. Plastic must always be placed in the top rack : as you have already learned from the melting plastic accident in the microwave oven, the thin plastic of food containers is very sensitive to heat. When it comes to the dishwasher, err on the side of caution and always keep the plastic on the top rack to avoid general melting.
  5. Empty the lower part first : this will prevent the residual stagnant water from the upper part (yes, the one that nestles in the curvature at the base of the cups) from draining onto the plates downstairs as you empty them.

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