The best way to load a dishwasher

By 05 Oct 2017

The way you load your dishwasher can affect how clean your cutlery and plates come out.

This guide shows you the best way to stack everything inside. 

Top rack

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Here's what to load on the top tray:

  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Dishwasher safe plastic (use with a low heat to avoid melting)
  • Bowls

Loading the top rack

1.

Place cups upside down at an angle, so the sprayer can access the insides.

2.

Leave a space between glasses and cups so they don't knock against and chip during the wash.

3.

Face bowls inwards, towards the centre of the dishwasher, and leave a space between them. They should be aimed down or laid down flat so the sprayer gets them.

4.

Don't put small items like egg cups or bottle lids here, as they may slip between the cracks.

5.

Put large items at the back and sides to avoid them hitting the sprayer.

Bottom rack

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Here's what goes on the bottom rack:

  • Plates
  • Pots and pans
  • Trays

Loading the bottom rack

1.

Scrap large bits of food off, to avoid blocking the filter.

2.

Face the plates towards the centre of the dishwasher to get the most spray.

3.

Put crockery face down.

4.

Don't put any tall items in the way of the spraying spinner.

5.

Put large items at the back and sides to avoid them hitting the sprayer.

Cutlery tray

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Finally, here's what to put in the cutlery tray:

  • Alternate how you put in the forks and spoons, to avoid nesting, which stops the spray from getting them.
  • Face knives down, to stay safe.
  • Lay down long pieces of cutlery in the top rack, so they don't hit the spinner.

Unloading

When the wash has finished, and you're ready to start unloading, empty the bottom rack first, as the glasses and cups on the top rack will drip as you're unloading them.

Hopefully that's everything you need, but if you'd like help with anything else, you can contact a Team Knowhow expert here.

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