So, I’ve lived in my apartment for almost a year now, and today was the first time I decided to give the dishwasher a try. I grew up hand washing dishes, so I just never felt the need to use it, but today I got bored and curious. It cleans the dishes well enough, but I can’t help but feel like I’m stacking the dishes in there incorrectly. It seems like I should be able to get more in there than I am, but I don’t want to cram it so full that things don’t get clean. If I can’t figure out a better way to do it, I think I’m just going to go back to hand washing everything, but I thought I’d ask the most helpful women I know first!
So, bees, how do you load your dishwasher? Any help would be appreciated!
@julies1949: I reeeeeally wish I did have some kind of manual for it, but it was already in the apartment when we moved in, and the thing is seriously at least ten years old. Thanks for the video link! 🙂
I have a love hate relationship with my dishwasher. Sure I can load and go but it takes so darn long for the dishwasher to clean that it would be faster for me to wash them by hand especially if not everything fit in the dishwasher. And if they don’t come out clean then I am really choked. I find now that I load it as full as I can then wash the rest by hand and avoid loading in the dishes that i know just wont come out clean.
Poorly. I suck at loading the dishwasher. I always try to cram more crap in there than it can hold. My version of the “right” way is cups and bowls on the top (bottoms down, obviously), plates and tupperware on the bottom. I normally try to sort the silverware by type so it’s easy to put away. As long as there’s space inbetween, everything gets nice and clean.
Tall plates on bottom shelf back, short plates and flat-ish bowls at the front. Pots bottom back. I use corelle for my daily set so the bowls stack real well in the dishwasher – one piece per little divider
Cups on top shelf all along the right side. Rounder bowls face down on the left. Small frying pans/small pot/tupperware/pyrex in the middle.
At least this is the best way to stack stuff since I use my dishwasher as my drying rack. 🙂
Cups, small pots, Tupperware and utensils on the top. Plates, bowls, silverware, large pots, big glass mixing bowls, etc, on the bottom. Make sure that things are turned towards the center, which is where the water will be coming from. I treat my dishwasher like a Tetris game.
…then again, I also use my dishwasher like an autoclave — I basically scrub the food off beforehand, so I’m just using the dishwasher to get stuff really super clean. FI’s folks don’t do much scraping or scrubbing before they put stuff in — I stayed with them a few days over Christmas and helped in the kitchen a few times, and was having serious OCD problems with putting dirty dishes in the box!
@CarolinaCola: Not entirely related, but make sure you run it every now and then! Dishwashers have parts that can go bad if they have been used and then stay dorment for awhile. I found that out the hard way, and when I told my parents about it my dad was like, “Yeah, that happened to me too.” “Why didn’t you warn me?” “Why wouldn’t you use a dishwasher?”
@HappierKate: That’s good to know! I was watching it like a hawk earlier to make sure the hose wasn’t leaking since it was the first time I’ve used it. Thankfully everything seems to be in working order.