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How to Load a Dishwasher

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, Merrill demonstrates how to properly load a dishwasher. 

Loading a Dishwasher


We take cleaning our dishes seriously. In case you missed it, Amanda shared her dishwashing manifesto yesterday. Today, it's Merrill's turn to talk dirty dishes, and she's focusing on the dishwasher. She's demonstrating how to properly load a dishwasher, and sharing a few tips for making your cleanup easier. 

First, a few pointers: 

• No wood, cast iron, aluminum, or other metals whose finish can be messed up, like copper.
• No fancy knives that could warp.
• Load everything facing down.


This may seem like obvious information, but better safe than sorry -- we've seen (and heard about) all of these rules being broken at some point. 

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There are varying opinions about the pre-rinse. Amanda says, "Don't be a lazy bones -- rinse everything first before loading!" and Merrill asks, "What's the point of having a dishwasher if you have to wash your dishes first?" What's your opinion? 

If you've got any other dishwasher rules, share them with us in the comments. 

Today's video was shot by Alex Lisowski, and edited by Kyle Orosz. 

Tags: Kitchen Confidence, dishes, cleaning, dishwasher, loading a dishwasher, how-to, how-to & diy