Loading and starting the dishwasher is not always as simple as it seems. There is an art to loading the dishwasher for good cleaning.
Knowing which direction to place utensils in when loading the dishwasher is one of the simplest ways to ensure that they come out gleaming clean.
The best way to load forks, spoons, and knives into the dishwasher is with the handles facing upward and the sharp edges facing downward.
This is particularly critical if you have kids in the home, since silverware with sharp edges facing upwards poses a safety risk.
Picking up forks by their prongs with unwashed fingers can produce germ and bacterium buildup, negating some of your dishwasher's job.
Handwash all knives except butter knives. Once or twice a week in the dishwasher can dull your chef's or pairing knife.
Plastic utensils, in particular, should be washed and dried on the top rack, closest to the dishwasher's entrance.
If you're washing plastic dishes, cups, and utensils in a dishwasher, avoid sanitizing cycles or other cycles that demand higher temperatures for washing and/or drying.