(Closed) Dishwasher do’s and don’ts

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you load your dishwasher...
    Haphazardly - if it goes in, great! : (45 votes)
    57 %
    Organized - all the forks in the same cubicle : (29 votes)
    37 %
    Don't have a dishwasher : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I can’t watch the video (at work), but everything has a place. I don’t “organize” my silverware into the separate bins by what they are, but I’m also careful so the spoons don’t… spoon each other. I can’t imagine they’d get clean that way. Certain bowls and plates have to be in certain places to fit nicely. Took me a while to teach SO exactly how to load the dishwasher nicely and now we’re moving so we’ll have a new dishwasher. Should be fun.

    Post # 4
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Organized, everything has a place.

    But I didn’t vote in your Poll, because I would never put all one kind of silverware together… too much “spooning” going on… mixing things up within the cutlery compartments means that less of that will happen, and more will come out cleaner in my experience. 

    My SO though is a hap-hazard sort… sometimes that drives me crazy, because when I open the Destination Wedding hoping to find clean dishes, and instead find things that are stacked, cupped one inside the other etc, then I Question just how clean that load is.

    The video that you linked was interesting… even I an old pro learned a few new things.  Didn’t know that the Destination Wedding took SIGNIFICANTLY less water than hand-washing, so now I won’t feel so guilty about the times when I decide to run thru a load that isn’t quite full…


    Post # 5
    5785 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Darling Husband and I argue about the silverware to this day. He puts in knives point up (im convinced this is an attempt to kill me) and puts all the spoons together so only one gets clean.

    Post # 6
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t really care too much about the silverware but the dishes and bowls all have their own place. Fi throws things in where ever he sees a spot and then I end up going through and putting the bowls on the bowl side. It just fits better that way.

    Post # 7
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Didn’t watch the video, but I found that unloading goes faster when each compartment in the silverware thing holds one one type, so I do separate them now.  I also love putting the big and small plates in rows because I can scoop them out all at once and stick them in the cabinet and they are already in a stack.  I’m all about fast unloading!

    Post # 8
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Mine is very organized, but it is not all forks in the same bin or I’d have to do that with the spoons too and I don’t want them spooning each other.

    Post # 10
    4606 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I try to be as organized as I can, but like others have said I don’t like all my spoons spooning each other. I do have a silverware tray thing that has little dividers in it, so nothing really touches.

    FH’s policy is that if it fits, it goes. He never had a dishwasher before I came along so I had to teach him some things. For the most part he does pretty well but he still doesn’t understand that plastic things need to go on the top rack. When he first started staying over he melted/warped almost an entire set of plastic bowls (they were cheap, but still) by putting them on the bottom rack, but that’s mostly because he thinks EVERYTHING needs to be washed on high temp.

    Post # 11
    14481 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Organized so that things fit well and unloading it is super fast.

    Post # 12
    413 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I do not load the dishwasher in an organized way.  It drives my husband crazy…then he usually switches everything so that it is the “right” way!

    Post # 13
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I just cram all the silverwarea together. And when I take it out, I don’t sort it, just kind of throw it all into my silverware drawer.

    Post # 14
    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Silverware goes in wherever, but otherwise things have specific spots they go in because it fits best. I don’t wash sharp knifes in the dishwasher because it isn’t that good for them and they were expensive! 

    Post # 15
    4355 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We rinse first since there are only 2 of us in the house so the dishwasher only gets run every few days and would smell without rinsing (hell, sometimes it still smells!). We place untensils eating end up, because the basket we have doesn’t allow for the other direction. We use pre packaged little pockets with rinse aid included but I don’t put knives, most plastics or stem glasses in the dishwasher.

    Oh and calculated spacing between dishes, apparently our washer is suppose to be some eco design and holds twice as much dishes but when they are too close they don’t come out as clean, so we leave a space between and esentially get the same amount of dishes in as a normal machine would.

    Post # 16
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’m pretty sure I’m a dishwashers worst nightmare. That thing runs like twice a day, I hate doing dishes. 

    This probably explains why my carbon footprint is the size of Texas.

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