Efficiently loading your dishwasher is key to achieving spotless results with each cycle. At Alabama Appliance, we understand that proper loading techniques can make a significant difference in how well your dishes are cleaned. Follow these practical tips to make the most of your dishwasher's capacity and ensure a thorough and efficient wash every time.
Sort and Pre-Rinse
Before loading your dishwasher, take a moment to sort your dishes. Group similar items together, such as plates, bowls, glasses, and utensils. Also, remove any large food particles or debris to prevent clogs and ensure a clean wash.
Make the most of your dishwasher's interior by arranging items efficiently:
- Place larger items like pots, pans, and cutting boards along the sides and back to allow water and detergent to reach smaller items in the center.
- Load plates and bowls at a slight angle to allow water to flow freely between them.
- Ensure that taller items like glasses and cups are placed securely on the upper rack to prevent them from falling over during the wash.
- Utilize the utensil basket for cutlery, placing spoons, forks, and knives with handles facing up to prevent water from pooling.
Avoid Blocking Spray Arms
Check that the dishwasher's spray arms are able to rotate freely. Avoid placing oversized items that could block their movement, as this can hinder water circulation and compromise the wash performance.
While it's tempting to load non-dish items, avoid placing them in the dishwasher, as they may not be dishwasher-safe and could damage your appliance or other dishes.
Plastics should be placed on the top rack to avoid warping or melting due to the dishwasher's heat. Always check that the plastics you're loading are labeled as dishwasher-safe.
Scrape, Don't Pre-Wash
Modern dishwashers are designed to handle most food residues. Lightly scraping dishes before loading is sufficient; pre-washing is unnecessary and can waste water and energy.