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How to Load a Dishwasher

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To celebrate this week’s launch of Amanda and Merrill’s book, A New Way to Dinner, we’re diving into the archives to revisit times they ripped out a page from their dinner playbooks for us. Loved leftovers, brown bag lunches, and roast chicken awaits. 

Today, Merrill demonstrates how to properly load a dishwasher. 

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Loading a Dishwasher

We take cleaning our dishes seriously. Here's Amanda's dishwashing manifesto, and 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: 

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• 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