The Correct Way To Load a Dishwasher
There's a right and wrong way to load a dishwasher, in my opinion, don't you agree?
Oh boy, this is one of those topics that gets people going, like the great over/under toilet paper debate (it's over, by the way). I'm equally as passionate about loading the dishwasher, there is a correct way to do it, and I bet you've had an argument about this with someone you love, but, want to strangle, for loading it the wrong way. Lol.
I don't know why I'm so passionate about it. It's not brain surgery, and there are no laws about how you have to do it, but, geez, it bugs me when obvious mistakes are made. You may not really get them clean, unless you do it right.
Are you ready for my tutorial?
1. Even before loading, you must rinse off ALL of the food particles on the plate or bowl. I know it seems like you're almost washing it yourself, but, you don't want the stuff clogging your dishwasher, and you risk the plate or whatever, not being completely clean at the end of the cycle.
2. All plates must go with their matching partners on the bottom rack. Meaning, all dinner plates must be lined up together. It can't be dinner plate, dinner plate, dessert plate, dinner plate. Get it? Oh, and please people, big plates in the back, small in front. Same with glasses, mugs on top rack...with their twins, and small in front, big in back. Consistency, people.
3. All bowls must go on the top rack. Unless they're big, heavy mixing bowls. They must be tipped over, so water doesn't collect in them.
4. Forks and knives face down, spoons face up. They'll still be clean...there are little holes throughout the basket. Trust me, you don't want to be stabbed when loading the rest of the dishes by utensils pointing up. Been there, done that.
5. Wine glasses with a stem should be facing down on the bottom rack. I cringe when I see my friends trying to cram in wine classes, horizontally, on the top rack. You're going to break them. I get it that they may be too tall, and you don't want to put them near the heavy plates, but, they'll be fine. Stand them up on the bottom. Stem in the air, like you just don't care. Lol.
I know there's a chef, whose loading tips are going viral right now, but, I'm standing firm on my dishwasher etiquette. Lol.
Are you with me?