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5 Common Dishwasher Mistakes

Dishwashers are a staple in kitchen staple and often a lifesaver.

Here are five mistakes that you might be making when loading and unloading the dishwasher.

Mistake 1: Loading it One Piece at A Time

Nobody wants dirty dishes to pile in the sink, but filling the dishwasher all at once is the best strategy for an efficient load. You’ll be able to use the space in the dishwasher the best if you load it all at once, starting with your largest dishes and filling in the space with the smaller pieces.

Mistake 2: Not Sorting the Flatware First

This one isn’t a major faux pas, but rather a simple tip that makes dishwasher life a little easier. As you load your flatware into the silverware caddy, keep forks with forks and spoons with spoons. It makes easy work of unloading clean pieces into the drawer.

Mistake 3: Putting Good Knives in the Dishwasher

If you have nice knives (that you’d like to keep nice), keep them out of the dishwasher. The Kitchn tells us that “the abrasive detergent, high heat, and jostling with other dishwasher items will cause the blade to dull prematurely and give your knife nicks in the edge.”

Mistake 4: Ignoring the Sprayer Arm

That arm in the center of the dishwasher is the source of all the magic that makes dirty dishes clean. Your job is just to make sure that every dish has a clear path to the sprayer arm. That means loading plates so that they face the center of the dishwasher (and the arm), but also taking care not to overload the dishwasher. You might need to run it more often, but it will pay off in the long run when you don’t have to rinse afterwards, or ever run the cycle again.

Mistake 5: Unloading the Top First

Like socks that go missing in the dryer, upturned cups are a given in the homekeeping world. Those cups collect gross dish water, just waiting to be spilled all over the clean dishes below. To avoid having to set the dishwasher for a repeat performance, unload the bottom rack first, then handle the cups up top.