7. Place Plates and Bowls Facing the Center
In older models of dishwashers, it is crucial to place plates and bowls on the bottom rack of the dishwasher with their eating surfaces facing the center. For example, dishes on the right half of the appliance will face toward the dishes on the left. This allows the spray to best reach the dirty surfaces. According to GE Appliances, in newer models, the spray best reaches dirty surfaces when all of the plates and bowls face the same way. Check your owner’s manual if you are not sure which direction your dishes should face.
6. Arrange Large Containers Around the Perimeter
Most dishwashers provide extra space for placing casserole dishes, mixing bowls, and dishwasher-safe pots and pans in the bottom section. Utilize this space for your larger items to prevent their bulk from blocking the spray. Samsung recommends placing pots and pans in the lower half of the dishwasher, facing toward the center. Then, once you have finished loading the dishwasher, give the spray nozzles a spin to make sure nothing is blocking them from spinning.
5. Avoid Allowing Silverware to Nest
Sorting your silverware into dedicated sections of the utensil basket makes for easy dishwasher emptying. However, it can prevent your silverware from being fully cleaned. When your utensils nest against each other, water is unable to reach every surface of each item. If your dishwasher basket contains a lid with slots for utensils, use this feature to keep the items separate. Otherwise, place a mixture of utensils in each compartment, with some pointed up and others pointed down to prevent nesting. Always place knives sharp-edge down to prevent cutting your hand when emptying the dishwasher.