Before loading a dishwasher, it's important to rinse the dishes of any large materials, and to wash delicate glasses by hand. Discover methods for saving space in the dishwasher with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on dishwashers and cleaning tips.
Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to properly load a dishwasher. First off, you do want to pre-rinse your dishes. There's so many commercials out there that say "no need to pre-rinse", but a lot of times you've got French fries stuck to the plate, and that's not something you want clogging up your dishwasher, because it's not a very cheap thing to have to fix, to call the plumber out to your house just because you didn't take the time to rinse your dishes first. So rinse any big matter, material off of your dishes first. And everyone has their own place things go. Men, ask your wife where she wants you to put the bowls, where does she want you to put the plates, because she has got her system down, she's probably the who does it most often, and she knows where you should put the dishes and the bowls and things like that. The biggest mistake in my opinion that people make when loading their dishwasher, is putting their pots and pans and big over sized plastic bowls in the dishwasher, because you're wasting space. If you put this bowl in the dishwasher, five plates could go there, so wash this by hand. You're not going to have to run your dishwasher as often, you're going to save energy, save water, cut back on your electric bill and your water bill, everybody wins. You can load the top rack however you please, but just use common sense. If you have delicate wine glasses or something like that, you don't want to put them beside each other, that thin glass may knock against each other and break in the dishwasher, and that's a whole other mess. Even better yet, wash delicate stuff by hand. But just be mindful, just think, is this going to hit against itself, is this going to hit against that glass, is it going to break, something you question may need to be washed by hand, then wash it by hand, because you don't want to cleanup the mess afterwards. If you follow all these tips you should be able to get away with washing your dish- running your dishwasher every two to three days instead of everyday, and you'll save lots of energy. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you properly load a dishwasher.