Home & Garden Up or Down? Which Way Do You Load Your Silverware in the Dishwasher?

23:01  10 october  2017
23:01  10 october  2017 Source:   Southern Living

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Of all the things you have to worry about on any given day, the last thing you want to think about is how to properly load the dishwasher. Not to mention, who has time to pull out the directions or manual every time you want your dishes and housewares swiftly washed?

While there are a lot of mechanics happening behind that closed dishwasher door, you can save yourself the time and hassle by understanding a few best practices when it comes to your silverware. Arranging your cutlery properly will help you to avoid having to pre-rinse or, even worse, having to rewash your forks and spoons again by hand once you’ve unloaded.

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? Do you place silverware in dishwasher handle up or down ? After all of this you 're still confused? Wash them one way with a load and flip them in the next and see. 2.0 said

Most major dishwasher manufacturers agree on one thing: Load knives with the blades down and the handle sticking up for safety’s sake. According to the GE Appliance website, the proper way to load silverware utensils is in the basket with forks and knives with the handles up to protect hands.

According to Lucinda Ottusch, a dishwasher expert at Whirlpool Corporation’s Institute of Home Science who recently appeared on the TODAY Show, there are three guidelines to ensure your eating and serving utensils come out cleaner. After all, the machine should be doing all the dirty work—not you.

1. Mix up your spoons and forks.

Have you ever opened the dishwasher door only to discover food bits stuck between two spoons? Yuck. Well, Ottusch said this is a result of arranging the spoons too close to each other. An easy fix, according to Ottusch, is to load spoons and forks in the silverware basket with some of the handles up and some down. Not only will this ensure your utensils stay separated, but it also guarantees the spray arm will reach all sides of your cutlery.

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Use a small colander to rinse silverware and to keep contained after meal times. No knives down the disposal and it’s easy to put the silverware in the dishwasher basket, just bring the colander over to the dishwasher and load the silverware up .

Place spoon handles down if there is an unusually large load of silverware or utensils in the basket. The best way to load your utensils in the dishwasher is to mix and match points up and down !

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2. Always load dinner knives with the handles up.

When loading and unloading silverware, you want the handles to remain up so you don’t accidentally cut your fingers or hands.

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3. Avoid the dishwasher altogether when it comes to prep knives.

Harsh dishwasher detergents can damage the wood handles of sharp prep knives. In addition, their keen edges can potentially cut into the silverware basket, particularly if the basket is made of rubber or plastic. With prep knives, it’s best to either wash them by hand or consult your appliance manual for proper loading instructions.

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Utensil handles up ? or utensil handles down ? Let’s put an end to this common little argument once and for all. The best way to load silverware in the dishwasher to make sure they get clean is so they’re as separated as possible.

There is no right way to place silverware in a dishwasher . If I were you , I'd let her put them in her way , and you put yours in your way . Knives down . All else up . That reminds me I need to go load the dishwasher .

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