Utensils up? or utensils down? Let's put an end to this common little argument once and for all. The best way to load silverware in the dishwasher to make sure they get clean is so they're as separated as possible.
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This means some forks and spoons should be pointing up and some pointing down, according to Electrolux Major Appliances' product-line manager David Coll speaking to This Old House. Also perhaps controversial:
If your washer doesn't allow for this arrangement, make sure you don't put all your forks together -- mix them up with the spoons. Separating silverware allows the water to pass through each utensil more easily, meaning cleaner tines and spoon surfaces.
Not everyone will agree with this dishwasher loading advice. GE, for example, recommends placing forks and knives with their handles up -- but that's to protect your hands. The appliance manufacturer does agree with the advice to make sure the silverware is mixed and evenly distributed rather than nested together. Unfortunately, it's less convenient to quickly put away the utensils if they're not grouped together. Choices!
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