As we soon approach the festive season, your dishwasher is likely to see more action this Christmas than probably at any other point in the year. So, it’s important to take a few minutes to find out the best way to load your dishwasher; which will not only prevent breakdown but also ensure you’re getting the most number of items in there without affecting cleaning performance.
When your dishwasher finishes it’s cleaning cycle and you open it to find your plates are still dirty, we all know how annoying it can be and are quick to assume it must be a faulty heater or drying element. When this happens, you think you may need to acquire the services of a dishwasher repair expert however this isn’t always the case.
When you put items onto the trays ensure you lay them down at an angle. This is especially important with dishes that are curved such as bowls and cups, as it allows water and detergent to enter the cavity of the dishes, giving it the ability to be cleaned thoroughly of all dirt and bacteria.
Your dishwasher trays will have embedded separators. Place your items in-between these to ensure they’re not only secure but also allow water and soap to reach them.
Place one item in-between each separator and avoid overlapping as this can also prevent sufficient water and soap reaching your dishes. The gap between the dishes will also allow them to dry properly and quicker.
This one may seem silly but once you understand why it makes complete sense. The handle on your knives, forks and spoons are usually the least dirty bit. Placing it with the handle facing down means the dirtiest parts are most exposed for cleaning.
When loading your dishwasher plastic items, such as tupperware, should be placed on the top shelf.
Dishwasher heating elements face towards the base of the unit, and therefore this is the hottest section of the appliance. Putting your plastics on the top prevent the chances of it melting and leaking chemicals.
Don’t place items inside your dishwasher in any order. Place the larger items towards the back and outside of the holding compartments.
Items such as pans, large bowls and plates need to be placed strategically to obtain maximum cleaning as they then won’t block water and soap reaching the other items.
If you’ve done all the above and notice your dishwasher still isn’t cleaning all your dishes properly, check out our other dishwasher repair guides or contact a domestic appliance repair specialist.