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Old 03-28-2010, 06:16 AM   #1
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How Do You Load Utensils in Your Dishwasher and Why?

My daughter asked her boyfriend this question last week...then asked my mother and me. The four of us each had a different answer and all had a valid reason. Here's mine:

I load knife handles up, points down. Spoons and forks go handles down, mouth part up...because I like to fan out the part that will soon touch our lips so they get maximum exposure to the soapy hot water without touching each other, with the exception of knives for safety reasons when unloading.

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Old 03-28-2010, 06:28 AM   #2
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I load everything up, including knives, but my silverware baskets are to the side, so I put the knives all of the way to the back. If they were point down, the blade would dull at the spot they poke through the basket, and eventually cut through the plastic bottom.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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Heads up, handles down for everything but my microplane grater - its handle fills with water otherwise. The clean better this way.

If you have children in the home, knife points down might be a good idea for safety reasons.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:24 AM   #4
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Everything down. I don't use the dishwasher for knives (aside from butter knives), pots & pans or cooking utensils. Just dishes and eating utensils.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:34 AM   #5
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Everything down. I have never had a problem with things getting clean this way or knives cutting through the basket. This way when emptying the basket we grab the handles and not the part that goes in your mouth.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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Knives down, everything else up. MUCH easier to unload that way.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:35 AM   #7
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MIxed, per the owner's manual.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:19 PM   #8
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Well, jet, you just confirmed that mother's are always right. "Mixed" all willy-nilly is just how my mother does it too. But will i listen?...nooo
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:14 PM   #9
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Handles down except for the knives, but I haven't used my dishwasher in about 4 or 5 years. I hand wash as I cook usually.
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handles down for all. I don't put sharp knives in the dishwasher.
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