How to Load a Dishwasher for the Best Results

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Loading a dishwasher may not be rocket science but there are certain rule-of-thumb placement techniques that allow you to get the most out of your dishwasher. The best instructions you can receive on how to best load your own specific dishwasher come from its accompanying owner’s manual. Follow these guidelines, and you can’t be steered wrong. For additional tips, Designer Home Surplus is here for you!

Bosch’s illustration for loading a dishwasher.

Before You Begin Loading

  • Make sure to pre-treat baked-on messes and scrape off excess food bits that can block your filters.
  • Most dishwasher capacities range from 10 – 14 place settings. Use this number as a rule-of-thumb guideline to keep you from overloading your dishwasher.


Loading the Lower Rack

  • Large items such as pots, pans, and platters go in the lower rack. Angle pots and pans downward facing the wash arms, while placing large dinner plates facing inward.
  • Load the largest items at the back of the rack to not block the flow of detergent.


Loaded KitchenAid Dishwasher

Loading Utensils

  • When loading utensils, alternate handles facing up and down to avoid nesting and ensuring each surface is fully cleaned.
  • If your dishwasher has a removable third-rack, utilize it by loading irregular tall utensils in it such as spatulas and tongs.


Loading the Upper Rack

  • Place narrow hollow items such as glasses in the center of the basket to achieve a better clean.
  • If you’re not a fan of water spots, place glasses in between tines instead of on top of them.
  • Invert all hollow items such as cups and bowls, facing downward towards the spray arms. Angle them slightly so water doesn’t pool at their bases.

Additional Tips

Make sure to not overload or stack dishes on top of each other, even if you have a mass number of dishes to clean. Stacked dishes will not be thoroughly cleaned and you will more than likely have to do another load or hand-wash dishes, wasting both time and energy.

Some dishwashers will have a removable basket in the center of the lower rack while others have it fixed to the side of the rack. Feel free to remove the basket to make room for more large dishes and make quick work of utensils by washing them by hand.

Make use of special features such as integrated stemware holders and foldable shelves to secure delicate glasses and unique dishes.



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