We’ve all got some oddities in our kitchen cabinets, the ramekins we were given as a present that we never use, or the novelty shaped glass that we’re not quite sure where it came from. These items usually end up at the back of the cabinet gathering dust for one simple reason: they’re difficult to clean. Here are some handy tips to help you in future when it comes to loading some difficult items into your dishwasher.
It’s a good idea to start on the bottom with the taller and heavier items, then things like cups, glasses and plastics should then be loaded on the top shelf.
Pots and Pans
The larger items, like pots and pans, should be placed on the bottom shelf. Things like oven racks and baking trays can be slotted into the shelf at the sides, so as to ensure they don’t block water, and also to leave as much room as possible for loading other items. Pots can take up a lot of room, but can be stacked strategically so as to ensure that they can still be cleaned inside and outside.
Most glasses can be washed without a problem on the top shelf (after ensuring that the items are dishwasher safe). However, some very tall items such as some champagne flutes or jugs may have to be placed on the bottom shelf to allow other items to fit.
Forks and spoons should be placed with the handle end downwards into the cutlery tray. Knives can be set any which way, although it may be easier to remove with the handle up. Larger items such as spatulas, ladles and tongs could cause problems if they are improperly loaded into the cutlery tray. For longer items, it’s best to put them lying down on the top shelf in between the cups and glasses.
If your dishwasher is an older model with an exposed heating element - usually at the bottom - your plastics could be at risk of warping if they are washed on the bottom shelf, therefore, it’s a good idea to wash plastics along with the cups and glasses on the top shelf.
Odds and ends
Oddly shaped items such as egg cups, or larger plates, may need some trial and error in order to find the best place for them to fit in your dishwasher. The bottom shelf is usually a good place to start, ensuring that there is plenty of room in the centre again, making sure not to block the flow of water!
So there you have it, hopefully this handy guide will mean that you no longer have to worry about what might be gathering dust at the back of your cabinets and give you more options when it comes to your next dinner party or even just Sunday brunch.