Oct 28 , 2019

Utensils in the Dishwasher: Should They Actually Go Up or Down?

No doubt about it, there are definitely two different camps on how to put your silverware into the dishwasher. It’s almost as controversial as toilet paper over or under—a debate we also solved!

One position is the one that Leslie Reichert, The Cleaning Coach, grew up with. “My mother insisted that the silverware was put in handles down so that when the utensils were rinsed and dried, the drops would roll down to the handles, and not leave spots on the food surfaces of the silverware,” she says. As for sharp knives? She put those facing downward, Reichert says. The opposing argument is to load silverware with handles facing up so you can put them away without getting germs from your hands on the eating surfaces of the silverware. Several things that are dirtier than your toilet seat are in your kitchen.

Load Knives in the Dishwasher With the Blade Down

Most major dishwasher manufacturers agree on one thing: Load knives with the blades down and the handle sticking up for safety’s sake. (BTW, these are the most reliable dishwashers on the market.) According to Tod Colbert, founder of Wisconsin contractor and remodeler Weather Tight, the proper way to load silverware utensils is in the basket “with the handles up to, most importantly, protect one’s hands,” he told RD.com. In particular, he recommends keeping knife blades down—not just because they’re sharp, but because keeping the blades down will keep them sharper longer. “The dishwasher has been known damage knives, so it might be best to hand-wash your really good/sharp ones,” he suggests. Your best knives are some of the things you should never put in the dishwasher to start with.

Load Silverware Handles Up to Avoid Spreading Germs

Now, Reichert agrees with major dishwasher manufacturers about placing silverware handles in the up position. “I also recommend this if you are having your children learn to empty the dishwasher, or you really want to avoid transferring germs from your hands to the eating surfaces of your silverware,” she says. So there you have your answer: The experts agree, handles up!

Don’t Bother Separating Cutlery in the Dishwasher

Reichert and Colbert also agree about another tip for putting silverware in the dishwasher: Don’t group cutlery of the same type together. As Colbert explains, “Separating silverware so that forks, knives, and spoons are mixed and evenly distributed allows the water to pass through each utensil more easily, resulting in a cleaner result.” Haven’t been doing that? It could be just one of the ways you’re loading the dishwasher wrong.

Family HandymanDishwasher Repair Tips When your dishwasher doesn't clean well, fix it yourself following these simple steps and avoid the expensive professional service call. A simple cleaning often solves the problem.

Related Posts

Save Time and Money During Tax Time With This One Simple Tip
Filing your taxes can either be a huge pain in the ass or just a small pain in the ass, depending on how organized yo...
Read More
Here’s How Much You’ll Save In Taxes With an S Corp (Hint: It’s a LOT)
One of my favorite things about having a business is that making small changes can lead to big jumps in profit. In th...
Read More
How to Use Google My Business To Generate FREE Leads For Any Local Business
Google My Business is one of the easiest, most effective, and FREE ways to generate leads to any homes service busine...
Read More