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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 02-15-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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Business end up or down?

At my house we have some disagreement about the proper orientation of eating utensils in the dishwasher basket.

Opinion 1: Business end down so that you don't have to handle eating surfaces when you unload clean and so that you might not be cut by a knife (if heaven forbid, someone put knives in the dishwasher).

Opinion 2: Business end up as they will likely get cleaner and drain better. Food bits won't end up in the basket.

Opinion 3: We don't need no stinking clean utensils. Dim the lights, lick em clean and call it good.

So - what's your take on this? Is one way better than another? Why?


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Old 02-15-2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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I go for door number two! Just because I have always done it that way.

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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Up and pour them out on a towel when done, so you don't handle the business end.

Of course, a well placed pooch can get them mostly clean!
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:18 PM   #4
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I go with the business end up for several reasons. Yes I think they get cleaner that way but also you can fit more into the container and when you are ready to take them out you can see what you are grabbing. It just makes it a little easier to put stuff away. ( And when the kids just want to grab one utinsil instead of putting away the whole tray at least they don't grab and dirty a handful of stuff to get the one they want.)
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:07 AM   #5
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It's usually biz end up around here, except for steak knives and anything else pointy or sharp. I don't put the "cooking" knives in the dishwasher, I wash them by hand, but my husband does. They don't get put in the baskets. They lie flat where they won't get banged around.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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Seen nasty accidents with folks who trip, or somehow fall and catch cutlery in the hand when they fall...business end DOWN in our house. Now that the cutlery basket is in the door of the dishwasher I'm not QUITE so anal about it though.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:46 AM   #7
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I'm not allowed sharp implements.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:02 AM   #8
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I always put sharp knives point down. Other pieces I mix between up and down so they cannot accidentally nest together.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:08 AM   #9
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I always put the business end up for cleanliness, except for steak knives, pointy end down for safety.

No problem now, no dishwasher except me.

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:12 AM   #10
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I alternate, but it is deliberate, not random. If something had dried on the business end it gets put business end up, as I believe it catches more blast that way, but I alternate so that two like items are less likely to nest together. The whole front of the silverware holder drops down so unloading I can always grab the handle.

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