5 tips on How to Correctly Load your Dishwasher

If you’re tired of dishes coming out dirty or not as clean as you’d like, this article is for you. We’ll be sharing 5 tips to help you get the most out of your dishwasher and ensure that your dishes are thoroughly cleaned every time. 

To properly load a dishwasher, you should:

1. Scrape, Don’t Rinse: The Importance of Leaving Food Residue on Dishes

Scrape, Don't Rinse
Scrape, Don’t Rinse

Scrape, but do not rinse, food off dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. This allows the soap to have something to cling to, which helps to clean the dishes more effectively. Rinsing the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher can cause the soap to wear down the plates and may lead to cracks and wear over time.

2. Proper Placement: How to Load the Top and Bottom Racks of the Dishwasher

Start by loading more oversized items on the bottom rack, placing them in the back of the dishwasher first and facing them inward towards the center. This allows for better water flow and more effective cleaning.

On the top rack, place glasses
On the top rack, place glasses
place glasses
place glasses

On the top rack, place glasses next to the tines rather than over them to prevent scratching and pooling of water on the cups. If you have stemware or other delicate glasses, use the designated spaces in the dishwasher. When placing bowls in the dishwasher, arrange them so that they do not overlap and there is enough space for water to flow through and clean the entire dish.

3. Utensil Loading Tips: How to Keep Your Silverware Sparkling Clean

When loading the utensil basket, use the designated sections if your basket has them, or alternate the position of the utensils (face up and face down) to prevent them from nesting together. This will allow the soap and water to reach all surfaces of the knives and effectively clean them.

4. Clear the Way: Ensuring the Wash Arms Can Move Freely

Ensure that nothing obstructs the movement of the wash arms or jets, which are responsible for circulating the water and soap during the wash cycle. This is important for both the top and bottom racks of the dishwasher.

5. Avoid Overloading: The Importance of Leave Room for the Jets to Do Their Job

Refrain from overloading the dishwasher, as this can prevent the jets from moving freely and may result in dishes not being adequately cleaned.

Following these tips ensures that your dishes are thoroughly and effectively cleaned in the dishwasher.


In conclusion, loading your dishwasher correctly is essential for ensuring that your dishes come out clean and well-maintained. Following the tips we’ve shared, you can take the guesswork out of loading your dishwasher and get the most out of your appliance. 

Remember to scrape, but not rinse, food off your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Adequately load the top and bottom racks by placing more important items on the bottom and glasses on the top. Use the designated sections of the utensil basket, or alternate the position of the utensils to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. 

Make sure to clear the way for the wash arms to move freely and avoid overloading the dishwasher to ensure the jets can do their job. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to efficiently and effectively load your dishwasher and enjoy clean dishes every time.

Garry L. Hemphill
Garry L. Hemphill

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