1. Face dishes toward the center
Place dishes with their dirty sides facing the center of the dishwasher. The appliance washer jets, located on the rotating spray arm in your appliance, spray upward to wash and rinse dishes.
2. Angle dishes downward
Placing items at an angle not only helps with effective cleaning but also assists with proper drying and draining. Larger items, like mixing bowls and pans, should be placed in the back of the bottom rack and angled to face the center of the dishwasher. Small plates can be loaded to fill any gaps for a full load.
3. Avoid overcrowding
Ensure separation between items and avoid overcrowding the dishwasher, which can sometimes lead to trapped spray arms and leaks. While bowls may fit well together in your cabinets to save space, stacking these items in your dishwasher makes it difficult for the jets to thoroughly clean them. Instead, use your dishwasher tines to separate items for an optimal cleaning cycle.
4. Place items between the tines, not over them
Dishwasher tines are the protrusions on the upper and lower racks that hold and separate your dishware. To properly load a dishwasher, secure items between the tines on the rack to prevent them from knocking into one another or toppling over during the washing cycle. Select Whirlpool® dishwashers feature Folding Tines for flexibility to create the space you need for larger dishes or to hold down smaller items, like lids and measuring cups.
5. Don’t pre-rinse dishes
Save yourself time and energy and refrain from pre-rinsing dishes before loading your dishwasher. Dishwasher detergent is designed to interact with food particles on your dirty dishes, so rinsing them beforehand may actually inhibit the cleaning cycle. Whirlpool® dishwashers are designed to help you get the clean you need, and select models feature a Soil Sensor that determines how dirty your dishes are and adjusts the Normal cycle to help ensure an optimal cleaning.
6. Don’t block the sprayer arms
The sprayer arms contain the jets that wash and rinse your dishes, and blocking them can affect the washing performance in your loads. If your appliance has more than one sprayer arm, like this dishwasher from Whirlpool brand, be mindful when loading your top and bottom racks in order to prevent blocking them.
7. Only load dishwasher-safe items
Make sure that the items you’re loading are dishwasher safe and be aware of what cannot go in the dishwasher. Hand washing is typically recommended for:
Washing these items in the dishwasher may ruin the finish or cause damage. You should make sure to always wash things like burnt pans or pots by hand to avoid damaging them. If your cookware comes with a guide or washing recommendations, make sure to follow those. Find out about some surprising items you can wash in the dishwasher.