How to load a dishwasher

Are you loading your dishwasher the wrong way?

Clean dishwasher
Utensils. Avoid putting sharp knives and wooden spoons in the dishwasher. Large plastic and metal utensils—like spoons and spatulas—should lie flat in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Spoons and forks. The more separated they sit, the easier it is for soap and water to give them the proper scrub down they deserve.

Dishes. When loading plates, alternate between large and small sizes to promote the best water flow and best cleaning.

Large items. Casserole dishes, platters should always be placed at the back or sides of the bottom rack.

Glassware. Resist putting on the bottom rack. Top rack is a gentle wash for more delicate items. It’s a common misconception that glassware belongs over the tines in the top rack of the dishwasher. While cups and glasses do belong on the top rack, they should actually be placed in between the tines to prevent the cracks and chips that can occur when they rattle or bump against each other during the course of the wash cycle.

Metals. Place stainless and silver utensils at opposite ends of the utensil basket to avoid damage.

Avoid overfilling. If too full your dishes will not come out clean.