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How to Load a Dishwasher

Here are some helpful tips on the best way to load your dishwasher to help save time and water. Before loading the dishwasher, scrape the mess off of the dishes. New dishwashers usually don't require a heavy rinse, but this is a big help when it comes to saving water. Below, find tips on different kitchen supplies that you would load in a dishwasher. Casserole Dishes Big items like casserole dishes or cookie sheets should go along the outer edges of the bottom rack, that way they don't get in the way of water and detergent from reaching all the dishes. Glasses When placing glasses, make sure they go on the top rack between the tines, not over them, otherwise you might encounter tine marks. Make sure that any breakable items have enough space between them because the vibration from the wash cycle could them to knock against each other and cause damage. Bowls Bowls should be placed facing down or slanted toward the center. They're usually best if placed on the top rack, but if space is an issue, the bottom rack is just fine, too. Silverware and Utensils Silverware should be loaded with their handles down to keep them from nesting together. The exception of course, is knives, and they should be loaded blade-side down for safety. For long-handled utensils that are too tall for the silverware basket, place them on the top rack. Plastic Items Plastic items should always be placed on the top rack. Depending on their durability, some plastics may warp during the heat drying cycle, so choosing a no-heat dry to be safe. For more tips like these, visit Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: Or head to our channel:
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