Do you know how to load a dishwasher the right way? Here’s how to use your dishwasher the right way and some dishwasher loading tips.
How to Load a Dishwasher
From the time I was a kid, loading the dishwasher has always been one of my chores. Over the years, my technique has evolved as the number and types of dishes changed.
Like most people, I wash more dishes during the holidays with all the extra entertaining than any other time of year. I love when people help cleaning up, but when it comes to the dishes they need some help with how to load a dishwasher.
To avoid offending them, I haven’t told them the best way to load a dishwasher, but I did want to share my tips with you today.
5 Dishwasher Loading Tips
1. Stop pre-washing your dishes.
Modern dishwashers are much more powerful than the ones we grew up using. It’s smart to give a quick wipe down to remove large chunks, but prewashing your dishes isn’t necessary. Dishwashing detergents are actually designed to cling to the gunk on dishes and if it’s not there things could get a little overly sudsy. Or, if you’re using tablets, the tablets might not dissolve completely.
2. Angle dishes toward the center.
Look inside your dishwasher, is your sprayer arm located on the bottom? To allow for the flow of water over all of your dishes, make sure you angle your dishes toward the inside instead of the outside where it’s harder for the water to reach.
3. Allow for space.
Don’t overload your dishwasher. As tempting as it is to turn loading all the holiday dishes into the dishwasher like a game of Tetris, if the dishes are too close together it’ll block the water from reaching them.
4. Put delicate items on the top rack.
Avoid broken glass or melting plastic – place items like soft plastics, wine glasses, and other delicate items on top.
5. Mix up your silverware.
This is one of the tips that I didn’t learn until a few years ago. Don’t go all Type-A as I did for most of my life and separate your silverware. By mixing things up, you let it cleaner because the pieces aren’t nested on top of each other. Sure it’ll take a little longer to unload but will save you from finding food stuck to your utensils.
Who invented the dishwasher?
The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886. She entertained often and wanted to find a way to wash her dishes faster than her servants without breaking any dishes.
Moms around the world are eternally grateful to Josephine for this sanity-saving invention!
According to Consumer Reports, Bosch is one of the most reliable dishwasher brands out there. It is also one of the highest rated dishwashers with an excellent Consumer Reports rating, yet more affordable. And every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR certified for year-round savings.
The new Bosch 800 series dishwashers take cleaning your dishes to the next level. Dishes come out sparkling clean thanks to PrecisionWash and CrystalDry technology.
PrecisionWash uses special sensors that continuously scan the progress of dishes throughout the cycle. CrystalDry™ technology is available exclusively in the 800 series dishwashers. This technology transforms moisture into heat up to 176F for the ultimate dry…even on plastic with 60% better drying results.*
*Based on aggregate average drying performance of Bosch Dishwashers with CrystalDry on combined household load including plastics, glass, steel, and porcelain as compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry. Drying performance may vary by dish type.
These dishwashers are extremely quiet at only 42 decibels (dBA). Now, this isn’t the quietest dishwasher Bosch makes (the Benchmark at 38 is), but is nearly half the price. It’s really quiet thanks to 18 unique sound-reducing technologies like multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base
- Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils.
- Rackmatic® adjustable upper rack easily adjusts to 9 different positions, to allow taller items like stemware to fit in the middle rack while leaving room for bulky items below. The flip tines make loading wide bowls easy and ball bearing wheels provide a smooth glide.
- 24 Hour Delay Start: never forget to run the dishwasher again!
- Fits up to 16 place settings – perfect for the holidays
- Options: Half load, delicate wash, normal, auto, rinse, eco wash, heavy wash, sanitary (reduces 99.9% of bacteria), 1 hour, and CrystalDry.