How To Load Your Dishwasher To Get The Best Clean

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Loading your dishwasher isn’t as straight-forward as you might think it is. What you really want to accomplish is getting the best clean possible for your dishes. Here are some tips from one of our product experts to help you get the best cleaning results from your dishwasher.

Transcript of video:

Hi my name is Travis, I am a product expert with Trail Appliances and today we are going to be talking about how to load your dishwasher to get the best clean possible.

First I’ll cover the general basic rules of just how to load the dishes into the racks.

  • Before you load your dishes into the dishwasher, some people like to pre-rinse the dishes. I don’t recommend that. We recommend you scrape all the food particles off but leave some of the actual stuff on there and don’t prewash. The reason being is the detergent needs something to hold onto.
  • When you are going to load the dishwasher and you have plastic Tupperware or plastics of any sorts, you going to want to load those onto the top rack so that way it’s a little gentler with the wash so it doesn’t blow the lids or the plastics all over the dishwasher.
  • When you are ready to load the dishwasher and you’re putting in your bowls and glasses and things such as that, the top rack is usually where you’re going to want to put the glasses and the smaller bowls.
  • The plates and your larger bowls and pots and pans are designed to go on the bottom rack. The bottom rack will be a little bit larger with a bit wider tine space allowing those irregular shaped and larger objects to fit in.
  • You want to try not to overlap your items, you don’t want the plates or anything to be touching one another. If they are doing that, when the spray arms are spraying you’re not going to get all the water and detergent solution in there to thoroughly clean it which can cause the plates or dishes to stick together and remain dirty when you pull them out.
  • When you’re putting in pots or pans or a casserole dish, you don’t want them just to sit vertically. You want them to be angled down towards the spray arms so it gets the full blast of that detergent and water solution to take off any baked-on goods.
  • When it comes time to load the cutlery into the dishwasher, you have the cutlery basket on the bottom. Now, you going to want to put all the cutlery in so the heads of the utensils are sitting up and facing the top of the dishwasher. The reason you wants the heads of the utensils sitting up is so any leftover detergent or food particles roll down the bottom to the bottom of the dishwasher and don’t get stuck to the head where you’re to put that in your mouth and have eat it at a later date.
  • You may have some sharp knives such as steak knives or a paring knife, that’s would be the only time I recommend putting the head of the utensil down so in which case when you reach in and grab the utensils, they don’t cut themselves or injure themselves on a sharp knife.
  • You also want to make sure that the cutlery is evenly spaced. Some of the new dishwashers now come with a third cutlery tray on top which basically pulls out and allows you to even space the cutlery, flat, with its own spray arm on top which will thoroughly coat everything, in which case you can get rid of the cutlery basket on the bottom and have extra space for larger pots and pans.

Nowadays there are usually three kinds of detergents you can get for your machine. We have the powdered detergent, liquid detergent and the new pods that you just put in that do it all itself. You want to refer to the manual for which detergent is best to use as each manufacturer does have a different detergent they recommend for their dishwasher.

  • If you are going to use a powdered detergent, it is recommended that you store it in a dry, cool place. Reason being is if it is stored somewhere where moisture can collect, it can create clumps within the box of powdered detergent and those clumps are actually the detergent being activated. If this happens and you do put that into the dishwasher, it may not be as effective as it usually would.
  • Here in the lower mainland we do have extremely soft water, because of this we don’t need to use as much detergent as is usually recommended by the manufacturer. So we recommend you give one of our product experts here at Trail Appliances a call and we’ll be happy to walk you through the steps of determining how much to use.

Thanks for watching. You’ll be able to find more helpful videos like this one on our YouTube channel. Hope to see you soon!

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