Dish washer full of clean dishes, colorful
 
How you load your dishwasher makes a huge difference in how clean your dishes become. Below are some tips to help you maximize the space in your dishwasher and get the cleanest dishes out of each cycle.
 
Quick tips
 
• Rinse all dishes beforehand. If they are particularly dirty, let them soak in soap and water for a while.
 
• Always hand wash cast-iron items, high-quality knives, crystal, copper pans, gold-plated dishware and insulated mugs.
 
• Never stack items, as this will prevent them from truly being cleaned.
 
Top Rack
 
• All plastic should go on the top rack. The bottom rack is closer to the heating element, and thus, can melt these items.
 
• Glasses and mugs should be positioned facing downward between the tines (or prongs), rather than on top. This will prevent water spots from occurring, as well as from water collecting in the glasses.
 
Bottom Rack
 
• Flat pans and platters should go on the sides or back. If placed in the front, they can prevent the soap from reaching the rest of the dishes.
 
• If your silverware basket doesn’t have a slot for each individual piece, then place some facing upward, and some facing downward to prevent them from stacking together.
 
• For optimal cleaning results, position plates and bowls with the dirty sides facing toward the water spray. Likewise, position pots, pans, casserole and Pyrex® dishes facing downward.
 
• When opting to put your wine glasses in the dishwasher, be sure none of them touch to avoid breakage.

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