How to Load the Dishwasher (and Unload it Faster)
How to Load the Dishwasher
While loading a dishwasher may seem like an easy task, there are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way (and something I do every time to save me a lot of time when I unload it. I’m sharing them all below!
Rinse the Dishes
I always rinse the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. I know, I know, you thought that’s what the dishwasher was for but it truly does not get all the food off and unless you want to scrub dried-on food after it has gone through the full cleaning and drying cycle, it really is best just to do a quick rinse before.
I try to rinse any dirty dishes right away and then put them straight into the dishwasher but that doesn’t always happen. At the very least, I try to rinse everything right away because it is so much easier to do a quick rinse right away than try to scrub all the caked on food. If you have to do it eventually, you may as well do it now and save yourself the extra time later and all the time thinking about it in the meantime, right? 🙂
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Load the Dishes
Okay, now this is where you can save a lot of time when it comes to unloading. When loading the dishwasher, I load similar items together.
Small dishes together, large dishes together, forks together, spoons together, etc.
You’ll also want to make sure there aren’t any large bowls blocking the dishwasher arms.
Adding the Detergent
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