The dishwasher was invented to ensure that our lives were just that much easier, however, it can only serve its purpose to the fullest potential in the event that we are properly caring for it.
I know when you think of proper care, you may immediately think of repairs. While that is definitely important in the lasting
life of the unit, let’s focus on what can be done to extend the time it takes to get to required repairs.
Loading. That’s right, let’s talk loading.
Loading is possibly one of the, if not the, most important things to be conscious of when properly operating your dishwasher.
Considering so, you have to know how to load it properly. There is actually a science to getting this part right and it’s not as scary as it sounds.
What if I told you I knew a few things about loading, and not only simply loading? I will share with you how to load your
dishwasher in 7 minutes or less for the most effective clean.
What goes in?
First of all, let’s clarify what is really ok to load in the dishwasher. Many kitchenware items have a sticker or printed words
somewhere on the item that indicates whether or not it is safe for the dishwasher. So, for starters, let’s say that those items are definitely ok to put in to the dishwasher.
Now, I like to have a bit of order when addressing the dishes. This will work in your favor as well, when aiming to load your
dishwasher in 7 minutes or less. After identifying dishwasher safe items, I group each item with its kind, i.e., drinking ware,
plates, pots and cutlery. Unless you have several items, this shouldn’t take but a bit of time, possibly less than two minutes.
What does not go in?
Now that we have identified those items that are dishwasher safe, keep in mind that although the dishwasher is a much quicker
and desired alternative to hand-washing, it is not idea for all items. Items that are over-sized or may have some sort of electrical plug in attached will not be recommended for the dishwasher.
In addition, certain cutlery, particularly those that have wooden handles, such as knives aren’t recommended. The sudden
changes from water could to heating settings could cause swelling or maybe even cracking in the handles. Hand-washing would be the best idea for these items.
Where does everything go?
So, we know what goes in, and what doesn’t, let’s focus on where everything goes. Proper placement is the key when
determining how to load your dishwasher in 7 minutes or less. All cutlery is recommended to be placed in the basket with the
part which touches the food, facing up. It works for better water circulation. Sharp knives and other utensils alike are recommended down to prevent injury when unloading.
Items facing the spray arms include dishes and cookware, be sure the exposed side is facing the arms. As well, these items are
recommended for the lower racks along with pots which should be facing downward. Plastic, glassware mugs and cups, on the other hand are recommended for the upper rack to help prevent breakage.