Whether To Point Silverware Up Or Down In The Dishwasher?

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Loading and starting the dishwasher is not always as simple as it seems. There is an art to loading the dishwasher for good cleaning.

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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.

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Which Way To Place Silverware?

The best way to load forks, spoons, and knives into the dishwasher is with the handles facing upward and the sharp edges facing downward.

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This is particularly critical if you have kids in the home, since silverware with sharp edges facing upwards poses a safety risk.

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Picking up forks by their prongs with unwashed fingers can produce germ and bacterium buildup, negating some of your dishwasher's job.

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Handwash all knives except butter knives. Once or twice a week in the dishwasher can dull your chef's or pairing knife.

To Place Knives or Not?

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Another Washing Tip

Plastic utensils, in particular, should be washed and dried on the top rack, closest to the dishwasher's entrance.

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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.

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