Load Smart, Clean Smart: Tips for Sparkling Clean Dishes

The value of long-lasting, versatile cookware investments is diminished if they are not spotless and well-maintained – there’s something satisfying about opening the dishwasher to reveal a load of gleaming, spotless dishes. Yet, achieving that level of cleanliness can sometimes feel like a mystery. Fortunately, with the right techniques and a little bit of know-how, you can say goodbye to stains and hello to dishwashing perfection. Below, we share some expert tips on how to load smart and clean smart for a sparkling clean finish every time. 

1. Pre-rinse strategically

While it may seem counterintuitive, pre-rinsing your dishes isn’t always necessary. Gone are the days of laboriously pre-rinsing every dish before loading it into the dishwasher – most modern dishwashers are equipped with powerful jets and advanced cleaning cycles that can tackle even the toughest food residues. Instead of wasting water and energy on pre-rinsing, simply scrape off excess food particles before loading them into the dishwasher. This minimal effort saves time and energy while conserving water, making your dishwashing routine more eco-friendly.

However, there are some instances where a pre-rinse may still be necessary. For heavily soiled pots and pans or dishes with dried-on food, a quick rinse under the faucet can help loosen stubborn particles before loading them into the dishwasher. Just be sure to use cold water, as hot water can actually set stains and make them more difficult to remove.

2. Load with purpose

Proper loading is key to ensuring that your dishes come out sparkling clean. Place large items like pots, pans, and cutting boards on the bottom rack, facing downward, to allow water to reach all surfaces. On the upper rack, arrange bowls, plates, and glasses, ensuring that they’re spaced apart to allow for adequate water circulation. Avoid overcrowding the dishwasher; this can prevent water and detergent from reaching all surfaces.

Additionally, take care to load utensils properly to prevent nesting, which can hinder the cleaning process. Place utensils in the designated utensil bracket with handles facing downward for thorough cleaning. If your dishwasher has a third rack for utensils, take advantage of this feature to free up space on the lower racks and allow for better water flow. 

Moreover, when loading dishes, always position them so that the dirtiest side faces the centre of the dishwasher. This ensures that the water jets can target the most heavily soiled areas, which will result in a more thorough clean. 

3. Choose the right detergent 

Not all dishwasher detergents are created quite the same. Choose a high-quality detergent specifically formulated for your dishwasher model and water hardness level. If you’re dealing with particularly stubborn stains, consider using a pre-wash or booster product to enhance cleaning power. 

4. Maintain your dishwasher

Regular maintenance is essential for optimal performance – clean the filter and spray arms regularly to prevent clogs and ensure proper water flow. Check the seals and gaskets for signs of wear and tear and replace them if necessary. In addition, run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner once a month to remove built-up grease and limescale. 

5. Embrace eco-friendly practices

In addition to achieving sparkling clean dishes, you can also make environmentally friendly choices in your dishwashing routine. Opt for energy-efficient dishwasher settings whenever possible, and consider using eco-friendly detergents that are free from harsh chemicals and phosphates. 


Enjoy consistently sparkling clean dishes without the hassle by following these tips for loading smart and cleaning smart, and revel in the satisfaction of a job well done every time you open your dishwasher! 

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