How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

How to Load and Run a Dishwasher. It seems like an easy task, but do you know the proper way to load and run your dishwasher?

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher
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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 1

Scrape off big chunks of food before you put dishes in the dishwasher, but don't worry about rinsing them off. Most washers are designed to handle food particles. (Don't expect the dishwasher to remove burnt-on foods, though.)

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 2

Position cookie sheets and large platters along the sides so they don't prevent the water from reaching the other dishes.

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 3

Reserve the top rack for plastic items, glasses and mugs. (Make sure that plastic items are dishwasher-safe.) Set plates and bowls in the bottom rack.

Step 4

Be sure that glassware is put on the prongs. Loose glasses might break and make a dangerous mess.

Step 5

Put pots and dishes with baked-on food in the bottom rack facing down toward the sprayer arm.

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 6

Set silverware handles down, except for knives, which should be handles up in the silverware basket.

Step 7

Fill both dishwasher cups with dishwasher detergent.

Step 8

Add rinse agent to rinse agent dispenser; replace top of dispenser.

Step 9

Close door securely.

Step 10

Choose a wash cycle appropriate to the load.

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 11

Choose a dry cycle. Air drying saves energy, but may cause spotting.

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credit: Nathan Moffett
How to Load and Run a Dishwasher

Step 12

Start dishwasher.