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View Poll Results: How do you load silverware in the dishwasher?
Business end up 17 50.00%
Business end down 8 23.53%
Random is fine - just grateful to get 'em washed at all. 9 26.47%
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:19 PM   #21
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Business end up, except for sharp knives. Food ocasionally gets stuck in the basket, and I would rather it was on the handle. I always wash my hands before I empty the dishwasher, so I don't worry about touching the utensils, or anything else.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:00 PM   #22
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Business end up usually, except with spoons that tend to "spoon." In that case I alternate them. However, I refine the process further to include that, when putting in silverware, I have always inserted the pieces in "knives, spoons and forks." In that manner, such that in one section the knives are in one, spoons in another and the forks in the final section. After that, the cooking utensils are put into the basket.

I started this technique many years ago when my children were small and "loading and unloading" the dishwasher. They learned the proper "knife, spoon, fork" concept when it came to setting the table and it was much easier/efficient to empty the dishwasher as the drawers were arranged in a similar manner.

As for injuries, we've had many different configurations of dishwasher silverware baskets but, even when the children were small and emptying it, no real mishaps occurred. Once in a while someone would get "poked," but it was most often when they were not paying attention to the task at hand.

Don't know. I also played on gravel basketball courts and didn't wear a helmet when I rode my friend's bicycle....but that was a different era.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:14 AM   #23
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Frankly, I don't care. I'm just delighted when someone loads them into the dishwasher and even more tickled when it's emptied. I make a big point not to sweat about the small stuff. And which way the silverware points doesn't even register a blip on my radar. =)
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:12 PM   #24
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I do half and half so they get clen better
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:52 PM   #25
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As usual, I am late getting into this!

My mother taught me to put them in forks and spoons up, knives down.

Food Safe taught me business side up all the time on everything.

School taught me to separate them into types in the baskets but didn't specify up or down

The catering firm I apprenticed at put them all in a dishwasher tray flat, rinsed them, put them trough the cycle twice, rinsed again and then separated them as carefully as possible as ends were everywhere!

At home I do spoons and forks up, knives down!

So I guess Mom won out on this one!
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #26
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Late, as usual, but - everything up with knives in the far back holder, out of the way of accidental poking.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:29 PM   #27
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As usual, I am late getting into this!

My mother taught me to put them in forks and spoons up, knives down.

Food Safe taught me business side up all the time on everything.

School taught me to separate them into types in the baskets but didn't specify up or down

The catering firm I apprenticed at put them all in a dishwasher tray flat, rinsed them, put them trough the cycle twice, rinsed again and then separated them as carefully as possible as ends were everywhere!

At home I do spoons and forks up, knives down!

So I guess Mom won out on this one!
Did food safe say why?
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #28
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Did food safe say why?
Likely for the sanitizing. Depending on whether it was chemical or heat sanitizing the end that touches food needs to be sanitized more carefully.

Child care facilities make you do business end down if there is any chance of kids being around.

Everyone has different rules.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #29
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If anyone can figure how to place a dishwasher in my kitchen, I will vote however they want!
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #30
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If anyone can figure how to place a dishwasher in my kitchen, I will vote however they want!
Doesn't Frank do the dishes in the kitchen?
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