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Old 11-04-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Loading a Dishwasher Question?

So here's the deal.
My wife is out of town for the next few days, and if she comes back to a mess, I'll be sleeping on the couch.

Problem
Im great at making a mess, but not the best at cleaning them up

Before anyone gets on my back, I do %99 of the cooking.
The only %1 she does is heating up what I've already cooked ( on my late nights)

So basically I do the cooking, she cleans up my mess, and it has worked for 25 years.

Anyway, my question is:
When loading utensils into the dish washer ( in those little baskets on the side), Do they get cleaned better if the handle goes in first , leaving the dirty part sticking out above that little basket thingy, or is it better to put the 'head( for lack of a better word) part in first, leaving the handle sticking out? or does it not make a difference?

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Old 11-04-2015, 05:57 PM   #2
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When I wash the utensils I always put them heads up.
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:58 PM   #3
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Large ladles and serving spoons I load them up on the top rack facing down.
They clean and dry much easier.

If I put them in the silverware racks they sometimes interfere with other dishes I have on the bottom rack.Or they slip to the sides and get caught in the door.Drives me nuts when that happens.

If they can fit in the silverware holder handle side down is just fine.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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Loading a Dishwasher Question?

Having been the victim of a butter knife impaling, I put the butter knives and any other potentially injurious things like vegetable peelers blade-side down. Everything else, like spoons and forks, upright.

I have an extra deep basket at the front of the silverware tray for ladles, graters, spatchulas and such.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:22 PM   #5
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Everything goes business end down. Been doing it like that for 40 years, they always come clean and I've never been impaled. Although we don't have any now, in the past we had tableware with fairly small handles and they would drop through the holes in the basket, so we got in the habit of putting the dirty end down. Seems to work just fine.

One thing I watch for is that spoons don't get nested.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:25 PM   #6
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Like Dawg, we always put the steak knives and such, down. All other tableware goes up. Just be sure spoons don't nest on each other though. Cooking spoons and spatula's etc. go flat on the top rack.

Nobody will get after you Larry since you do all the cooking and she does all the clean up. I'm the cook, and we have the same arrangement. It's wonderful, as I'm sure you'll agree.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:40 PM   #7
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From my safety and sanitation classes of decades ago, always put the dirty/eating end down, always. The rationale was when retrieving them from the dish machine, you never touched the end that would go in your mouth.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #8
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From my safety and sanitation classes of decades ago, always put the dirty/eating end down, always. The rationale was when retrieving them from the dish machine, you never touched the end that would go in your mouth.
That never occurred to me Beth...good point.
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For cutlery, I always put the business end down. I want to be able to grab it by the handle when I'm emptying the dishwasher. The only stuff I put in handle down is ladles, spatulas, and spiders.

edit: I just saw Beth's post. Same reason I want to grab the handles.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:46 PM   #10
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Thanks guys and gals ,
Now I just have to figure out how much soap stuff to put in and how to turn it on , and Im all set
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