When it comes to using the dishwasher I will be the first to admit that I follow the “throw it in and go” approach. I do not spend a huge amount of time trying to strategically place items. I honestly try to cram in as much as I possibly can while still maintaining the integrity of the dishes. Even my 9 year-old son will accuse me of “slinging dishes”. Yes, he has decided that he is now an expert because one of his chores is to unload the dishwasher. That same dishwasher that mommy so lovingly jammed full of last nights supper mess.
So, how DO you properly load a dishwasher? So many people have their opinions, but I am here to tell you that I saw it work first hand in the very labs of Cascade just a few years ago. I was even swayed (a little) to try to take the time to load things properly now that I had all the facts before me. The truth is, overloading the dishwasher just means more work in the long run. It means you are going to have dirty dishes in your dishwasher that will have to be cleaned “again” one way or the other. Ok, ok… I won’t overload… but now what?
HOW TO PROPERLY LOAD A DISHWASHER
- Scrape off excess food. You can’t just leave your full piece of cake on that dish and expect the rest of your dishes to come out clean. It’s just not going to happen.
- DO NOT pre-rinse. I just heard an audible gasp from several of you folks. Seriously, I saw this in action and it is true. When you are using the Cascade Platinum Action Pac™ you are good to go once you have scrapped that plate off. RESIST the urge!
- Place plates in the bottom rack in the direction of the prongs (prevents them from leaning on each other awkwardly).
- Place cups face down in the top rack between the prongs in order to prevent rattling.
- Plasticware goes on the top as well so that it will not melt.
- Pans go mess side down on the bottom rack.
- Leave space between silverware and make sure your spoons are not stuck together! A safety tip is to put your cutlery blade down so that you or your kids are not cut.
- Use dry hands when you place the Cascade Action Pac™ in the dispenser. Make sure not large pots or pans are blocking the opening.
So, there you have it! It is not rocket science, but believe me, I really want to put as many dishes in as possible. Resist the urge and remind yourself that you will only create more work. What are your best tips for loading the dishwasher successfully?