Loading your dishwasher incorrectly? Most likely!
Sharing a home with someone, whether it’s a roommate or a spouse, can be a very difficult adjustment. Both parties do things differently in the house. The simplest tasks can cause major disagreements. Even putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher can put roommates at odds.
One of the first things around the house that my husband and I disagreed on was how to fold towels. I’ve been folding towels the same way for twenty years and yet he had a better way.
I let him. But, loading the dishwasher was another story. They say you should pick your battles, right? Well, it was war. LOL
But is there a right and a wrong way to load the dishwasher?
Does it matter how you load a dishwasher?
Apparently there is a way you should load your dirty dishes into the dishwasher in a certain way. According to Consumer Reports,
The direction of the plate or bowl is important to ensure proper cleaning. The bowls go on the upper basket. Those at the back should face forward, while those at the front should face back; this allows water to reach them, according to Real Simple. Plates will be cleaner if they all face the center of the lower rack.
Are pots and pans above or below the dishwasher?
Just for my own battle with my husband, I needed to know if what you charge down or up is important. So I found the answer at Good Housekeeping.
Pots, pans and pots should be tilted downward for best cleaning results. Flat pans and trays will also fit in the bottom, stored along the sides and back of the rack
How do you organize the dishes in the dishwasher?
Although we all think we know how to load a dishwasher properly, we don’t. Reader’s Digest offers an overview of how we should load our dishwashers.
Cups, glasses and small bowls should be placed on the upper rack. Avoid clutter, which increases the risk of breakage and obstructs the flow of water and detergent. Dishwasher-safe plastics also belong on the top rack, away from any heating elements, which can cause warping.
If you’re more of a visual person, this video might help.
FYI, I was wrong and my husband was right. Maybe I’ll start folding napkins my way again. After all, he gets the dishwasher. It’s only justice.