You’re doing it wrong: How to properly load a dishwasher

Jan 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Because the internet is a glorious place, today images of how to properly load your dishwasher are going viral. It's a great time to be alive, isn't it?


I'll be honest. My dishwasher-loading technique looks like I hired a 4-year-old to complete the task. It's neither a pretty nor organized sight. It's also a rare day when I have 12 place settings going into the dishwasher all at once. But... should you ever find yourself in that situation or are simply looking to organize your dirty dishes, Flickr user Joe Clark has you covered. He's tracked down dishwasher manuals of different makes and models, and provided diagrams that show you precisely how to load that dishwasher like a boss.

Important to note: "Sharp objects should be loaded with handles up." "The knife basket can be used to load large knives." Also, common sense goes a long way.

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